Thank you Island Print Express

We are happy to announce a partnership with Island Print Express in Alameda. With over 20 years experience in the digital printing industry, Island Print is a full service operation offering a variety of services to meet your needs. Whether you are a small business, entrepreneur, artist, or non-profit, their skilled and friendly staff can help you with everything from digital design and scanning to printing with FREE local delivery. Need more? They are your connection to silkscreening, promotional products and can help with mailings.

Sourcing soy-based inks and recycled materials whenever possible Island Print Express is eco-conscious. Donating excess material to local art organizations and schools, they understand the impact of the printing industry and do their best to minimize it.

The shop generously donated all of the sign printing for our 2018 Spring Exchange as well as the printing of our 2018 Speaker Series flyers. And, we could not be happier with the quality of their work and customer service.

Join us in thanking Island Print Express by looking for their special promo fliers at the welcome table where they have special discounts listed for all of our vendors and guests!

Island Print Logo copy

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Early Donation Drop Off Starts Saturday, March 17

Plant ExchangeEarly donations start Saturday, March 17th.

Go here for directions, access hours, and instructions. Don’t forget, no fertilizers or chemicals!

The Plant Exchange is Saturday, March 31st. Come early for two free demonstrations starting at 11 a.m. on container gardening and fruit tree grafting. The exchange opens at noon as always. There will be live music, delicious food, advice from the Alameda County Master Gardeners and a big exhibitor area. Come prepared to bid on the wonderful items in our silent auction!

Interested in volunteering? We could use extra help! Sign up online, email us at, or call 510-866-8482.


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Many Hands Make Light Work

Thanks to an amazing crew of volunteers from Kaiser Permanente and a few of our skilled helpers, we have a new outdoor storage shed. The shed expands our storage space and ability to accept donations, especially indoor plants, year round.

We are always looking to expand our network of corporate partners, plant donors, and skilled volunteers. Want to learn more? Email or call (510) 866-8482 for more information.

A special thank you to our volunteer photographers who helped document our activities:  Devyn Lodge Photography, Luke George Photography, and PFG Visions.

Devyn Lodge Photography

Luke George Photography

PFG Visions

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Save the Date: The next exchange is Saturday, March 31

The next Plant Exchange is Sat., March 31, from noon – 4pm at 4500 Lincoln Ave. in Oakland. See the flyer.

This event features delicious eats by the  Waffle Roost food truck, live music by the ColdSol Band, and advice from the Alameda County Master Gardeners. Be sure to check out our free gardening demos, our silent auction and visit our exhibitors. More details on the March exhibitors coming soon. One of our exhibitors from last October, Just My Neighbors, made this wonderful video showing the raffle prize created for their table.

Want to share your gardening skills? We have free gardening demos at 11am before the exchange opens and have room for two more. Email for more info.

Have time before, after, or during the exchange? We have a lot of volunteer opportunities to choose from. Email or call (510) 866-8482.

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Celebrate Spring with The Plant Exchange

Visit our Spring Plant Sale on Sat., March 10, from 9:30am – 1:30pm to discover new additions for your home and garden. We have plants, indoor trees, pots, succulents, yard art, and more. See photos and flyer.

Stay after from 2 – 4pm for Urban Gateway Livestock: Chickens ‘N’ Bees taught by Yolanda of Pollinate Farm & Garden. Learn the basics of backyard chicken and beekeeping to get you started with a hive and flock of your own. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Helpers needed! We need a few people on Mon., March 5th, to help pick up and unload a large plant donation. One lucky person will get a VIP ride in our new truck.

How does the Plant Exchange work? If you are new to The Plant Exchange or simply need a refresher, check out this amazing video shot and edited by professional videographer Maya Curry.

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The Plant Exchange Needs You!

Plant Exchange events are 100% volunteer run!  A few people giving a couple of hours of their time makes all the difference.

Our next plant exchange is Saturday, March 31 at 4500 Lincoln Ave.If you have time to help out before, during, or after the event, we want to hear from you.​

Don’t forget, all volunteers are invited to a special volunteer appreciation party with food and gifts one week after the exchange.

Here’s where we need help:

  • We need succulents! Can you donate some in the next 10 days?
  • Putting posters and flyers in store windows
  • Picking up and/or helping unload plant donations
  • One weekday doing final preparation. What day can you help?
  • The day before: re-pot donations, set up temporary fencing, layout traffic cones, and set up canopies on Fri. March 30 from 4 – 7pm
  • The day-of: your choice of shifts: 8am – 11am, 11am – 3pm, and 3-6pm. See position descriptions and sign up online or, email us at
  • The day-after: ​90 minutes to finish tidying up
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Thank you to our industry donation partners!

FullTruck1We started with an idea and a passion for community. The idea was to help neighbors get to know each other better, support stronger neighborhoods, and keep useable greenery and greenhouse/gardening items out of landfills.

Now in our 11th year, we create strong neighborhood connections by people-to-people redistribution of green materials back into the community. In addition to our premier plant exchange, we also host community workdays, a monthly urban gardening speaker series, and partner with the horticulture industry to take in donations.

FullTruck2We also partner with large trade shows, conferences, and corporate office moves and restructures to rehome plants that are no longer needed. Some recent partnerships include the Alameda Home and Garden Show, Dreamforce, and Charles Schwab & Co. By partnering with these environmentally conscious companies, we were able to rescue and rehome hundreds of plants and give them a new life within our own community.

Interested in having your company or event participate? Contact us at or (510) 866-8482. We can accommodate garden and plant donations of all types and sizes any time during the year.

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Gardening 101 and Valentine’s Day Plant Sale on Sat. Feb. 10th

PlantSaleFeb102018_ImgFind the perfect gift at our special Valentine’s Day Plant Sale on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9am – 1:30pm.

We have a large variety of lush indoor plants and beautiful pots. Partial inventory list includes: African Violets, Bromeliads, Christmas Cactus, Fiddle Leaf Figs, Snake Plants, and more. All proceeds go towards keeping the Plant Exchange free and open to the public.See photos and flyer.

Stay after from 2 – 4pm for Gardening 101: Everything You Need to Know as a Beginner Gardener taught by Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery. You will learn how to: choose soil, watering tricks, avoid common mistakes, and the basics of fertilization. Bring your questions and garden conundrums for Jeff to answer after the demonstration. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

We started the new year in our very own truck! Because of your generosity we found the perfect truck for our needs with a full-size roll-up door and shelves on one side. Read more at our blog.

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New Year, New Beginnings

Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you again soon at one of the many exciting events and activities in store for 2018.

The Sustainable Urban Gardening Speaker Series returns! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 10th from 2-4pm for Gardening 101: Everything You Need to Know as a Beginner Gardener. Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery will share essential knowledge and best practices in this interactive class. See more details and register.

​Save the date! The next Plant Exchange is Saturday, Mar. 31st from 12pm – 4pm. Additional details and event flyer coming soon!

WelcomeTableKeep your New Year’s resolution! Looking for a way to give back? Make new friends? Be more active? Email to volunteer.

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Pick up plant donations
  • Unload and organize donations
  • Volunteer at our warehouse
  • Photograph donations
  • Staff fundraising plant sales
  • Help at our speaker series: free entry!
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7 Incredible Things You’ve Done This Year!

Dear Friends,

There’s a lot for which we’re thankful. These accomplishments were made possible by your generous hearts and hands. Because of you, we:

  • Celebrated our 10 year anniversary, a huge milestone!
  • Launched a monthly urban gardening speaker series.
  • Introduced pre-event activities: free gardening demonstrations before the exchange opens.
  • Expanded the number of our plant donation partners.
  • Added 10 nonprofits and community groups to which we distribute plant donations.
  • Grew the number and variety of volunteer service groups we partner with.
  • And our biggest news, we received a grant from StopWaste of Alameda County to purchase our own donation pick up vehicle.

To deliver these events and services, we depend on donations from supporters like you. With your generosity, we can expand the scope and number of events we have each year, as well as pick up more plant and garden donations.

Your financial support today goes a long way toward ensuring success in 2018. Won’t you make a donation before December 31st? Did you know you can also sign up online as a sustaining donor? Simply enter the giving level that is right for you, check the box to make it a monthly donation, and you will be billed automatically each month. Don’t forget to check with your employer about company sponsored matching donations. That way you can double your impact.

As you consider how to make the biggest difference during this year-end giving season, I hope you will include The Plant Exchange in your commitment to giving back. Your support helps us fulfill our mission of creating strong neighborhood connections and encouraging green practices. You make so much possible.

Thank you for all you have done to support The Plant Exchange and our community.
Wishing you a happy holiday and wonderful New Year!



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