Amazing Things are Growing – Join us!

The Plant Exchange team is working hard this summer to ensure that everyone’s garden thrives. Bringing you amazing plants donated by commercial suppliers, landscapers, and sourced from people just like you, we’re excited to be able to create community events filled with lots of greenery, food, and fun. Won’t you be a part of the magic?

Right now, we need your help. Your tax-deductible gift of any amount will help us focus on what matters most–connecting people, plants, and community!

$25 – Count me in!
Your gift will go toward the purchase of the basics: plastic folding tables and rolling carts for example, that we use at all our Plant Exchanges.

$75 – I’m ready to go green!
This helps cover plant donation pick-ups and deliveries around the Bay Area.

$150 – Yes, I’ll up the ante!
Your donation will fund supplies and equipment for growing, tending, and propagating plants – supporting the work we do daily.

$250 – My garden welcomes everyone! 
Purchasing a greenhouse will provide hundreds more plants in support of our efforts to build neighborhoods as they become more healthy vibrant and sustainable.​

Surprise us – Give whatever amount you are comfortable with!

Click here to donate today!

Thank you for your generous support – there is no Plant Exchange without you!
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Save the Date: Saturday, October 14th!

10-year-anniversary-stickerHappy Birthday…to us! Celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary at their next semi-annual Plant Exchange on Saturday, October 14th from noon to 4 p.m. at 4500 Lincoln Avenue in Oakland.

The FREE event features gardening demos, live music, wonderful specialty food trucks, enticing raffle items, advice from the Alameda County Master Gardeners, a pop-up store with unique garden items, and more!

The all-volunteer run Plant Exchange celebrates abundance, generosity and community spirit. Come early and bring your friends. Event flyer and additional details coming soon!

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Second Saturday Summer Fun

June-10-SpeakerIt’s time for our next Sustainable Urban Gardening event! Join us on Saturday, June 10th, from 2 – 4 pm for Go From Lawn to Garden with Sheet Mulch. You’ll learn how to layer cardboard, compost and mulch on top of the lawn and plant right into it. Sheet mulching materials break down naturally and feed your soil to provide a healthy foundation for stronger plants.​ For tickets go here.

Come early for our Benefit Plant Sale! Our large selection donated by nurseries and landscapers includes bromeliads, epiphyllums, succulents, organic vegetable seeds, marble plants stands and more. See photos and flyer! Sale hours are:

Saturday, June 10th, from 9:30am  – 2pm
Sunday, June 11th, from 10am – 12pm

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Giving Back to Our Community

The Plant Exchange is committed to promoting sustainable gardening practices through reuse and recycling. One of the ways we achieve this is by partnering with local businesses, nurseries, landscapers, and commercial growers to pick up their excess garden materials and re-distribute them to the communities where we live, work, and play.

Thanks to our Sponsors and Donors, we have been able to keep excess plants and trees out of landfills and give them new life within our neighborhood.  Below is a partial list of Plant Exchange donation recipients.

Ability Now Bay Area (Oakland) Free Oakland Up (Oakland)
AIDS Project of the East Bay (Oakland) Jewish Family Community Services (Walnut Creek and Berkeley)
American Indian Child Resource Center (Oakland) Melrose Leadership Academy (Oakland)
Bret Hart Middle School (Oakland) Merritt College Horticulture and Landscape Department
Building Skills Partnership (Oakland) Oakland Adult Career & Education (Oakland)
Building Opportunities For Self Sufficiency (Berkeley) Public Library of Science (San Francisco)
Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill) Street Level Health Clinic (Oakland)

Here are some of the plants in their new homes!

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Celebrate Spring with Us on Sat., May 13!

Visit us at 4500 Lincoln Ave. this Saturday, May 13th, for a fun day of outdoor activities!

Start with our Spring Plant Sale from 9:00am to 1pm. We have a large and varied selection to choose from including:

  • California Natives in 1-gallon pots
  • Tall (5-6 ft.) Indoor Plants
  • Succulents
  • Decorative Pots and more!




Then from 2-4pm attend The How and Why of Tree Pruning as part of our monthly Urban Gardening Speaker Series.

For tickets and info, visit us online or call 510-866-8482.

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Do Your Mother’s Day Shopping Early – Estate Sale This Sunday!

MothersDaySaleMay7Join us this Sunday from 9:30am to 3pm at 4500 Lincoln Ave. for a special 1-day Pre-Mother’s Day Fundraiser Sale.

Surprise your mom with beautiful home and garden furnishings at 50-60% off retail price. Many are new and showroom quality. See photos and flyer.

  • Household Items and Collectible Art Glass
  • Vintage Treasures
  • Furniture and Equipment
  • Garden Accessories and Furnishings
  • Beautiful indoor plants – all sizes
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Pre-Mother’s Day Fundraising Sale, Sun. May 7

MothersDaySaleMay7You are invited to a special 1-day Pre-Mother’s Day Fundraiser Sale featuring beautiful new showroom quality home and garden furnishings at 50-60% off retail price.

See photos and flyer.

This fundraising sale on Sunday, May 7th is from 9:30 to 3pm at 4500 Lincoln Ave. Oakland. Surprise your mom with the perfect gift and help support The Plant Exchange at the same time. Please bring your friends!

Featuring:

  • Household Items and Collectible Art Glass
  • Vintage Treasures
  • Furniture and Equipment
  • Garden Accessories and Furnishings

Arrive early for the best selection. These items will go FAST!

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Happy Earth Day from The Plant Exchange!

On April 22nd The Plant Exchange joins thousands of people and organizations world wide in honoring our environment and recognizing the need to protect our planet. Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated as an annual reminder that we are custodians of the natural world and its preservation depends on us.

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Growing Edibles and the Healthy Soil Connection, Sat. April 8th

SpeakerSeries-April8-AdvertApril is a great time to add annual or perennial edibles to your garden! Lori Caldwell will be joining us for Growing Edibles and the Healthy Soil Connection, a hands-on talk about the many benefits of growing your own food and the healthy soil building techniques to increase yields, keep down pests and diseases and use less water. Topics for this talk will include: rebuilding soils, great crops for your area, pest control, crop rotation and more! Participants will receive a handy edible reader for reference.

Lori Caldwell is a Master Composter, Stopwaste Educator and owner/operator of her own business, CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes for the past 10 years.

Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door. Interested in volunteering? Email monica@theplantexchange.com for more information.

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We Achieved Record Breaking Attendance!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the spring Plant Exchange on Saturday, March 25th. It was our biggest and best exchange to date with over 1,050 attendees!

Our special 10-Year Anniversary Celebration activities, VIP Green Carpet and Photo Booth and free gardening demos, were a hit. We plan to expand the number of gardening demos in October. Have a gardening skill you are passionate about and want to teach as a demo? Email monica@theplantexchange.com for more information.

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