Save the Date for The Spring Plant Exchange!

savethedateMark your calendars plant lovers, the Spring Plant Exchange will be Saturday, March 31, 2018.

From 12-4pm hundreds of gardening enthusiasts will converge at 4500 Lincoln Ave. to trade plants of all shapes and sizes, garden equipment and tools, and share best practices and tips and tricks.

Come at 11am to enjoy free gardening demos before the exchange opens at 12pm. And as always, there will be live music, delicious food, exhibitors, advice from the Alameda County Master Gardeners, a holding area to store your goodies while you continue to “shop”, and a lounge area. Don’t forget to check out our pop-up store and silent auction table for beautiful specialty items. The event is FREE! Bring your friends and make new ones.

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Thank You to Our Volunteer Service Groups!

volunteersWe would not be The Plant Exchange without our amazing volunteers! In additional to our team of over 100 dedicated individuals, we also partner with local volunteer service groups. Join us in recognizing and thanking just a few of the service groups who volunteer with us regularly.

BuildOn Bay Area – BuildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods and the world through intensive community service. Through volunteer service, they help elevate expectations of students and communities in challenging urban areas.

College Internship Program (CIP) Berkeley – CIP prepares young adults on the autism spectrum, with ADHD and learning differences for success. Their programs inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD and other learning differences can build happy and productive lives.

Skyline Key Club – Skyline is an international student-led organization that provides a wide array of services as well as aiding specific charities that serve children and teens. Their mission is to build leadership in students through the act of helping others.

Interested in having your service or volunteer group join us? Email for more information.

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Get Your Holiday Shopping Done Early!

Dec2017SaleYou’re invited to a special 1-day fundraiser estate sale on Sat., Dec. 2 from 9:30am – 3pm at 4500 Lincoln Ave. See photos and flyer. Please bring your friends!


Kitchen – china, dish sets, cookware, bowls and platters by Eva Zeisel, Peggy Karr, and Fitz & Lloyd, vases, champagne and wine glasses, tea pots, baskets, porcelain collectible figurines, breadmaker, New in box: Wolfgang Puck Pie & Pastry Maker and W. Puck Rice Cooker, wide selection of cookbooks

Holiday – Fitz and Floyd St. Nick centerpiece, life-sized lighted metal reindeer, holiday lighted village sets, lighted Christmas tree, kids toys, full set of Frankoma Christmas plates from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, 2 dozen ceramic holiday houses and scenes, Italian Macy’s Christmas dishes

Household – new electric fireplace, mirror, art glass, decorative items, artwork, collection of hippos of all sizes, totem pole, vintage rolling drink cart, triangular mahogany curio cabinet, glass topped tables, bookcases, carved Mexican wooden hutch, end table, dog toys

Garden – totem pole, ferns, ceramic pots, mulch, miles of round wood lawn edging, tribal masks, planters of all sizes, new 20 ft. x 20 ft. pergola, wrought iron white patio table with chairs

And much more! Arrive early for first dibs on the best treasures. Happy holidays!

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Double Your Donations on Giving Tuesday!

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Well, there’s a new day in the holiday season called Giving Tuesday.

We are only $2,000 shy of purchasing our own moving truck which will let us pick up more plant donations, anywhere, anytime. Won’t you help us meet our goal?

You can double your impact! In honor of Giving Tuesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching up to $2 million to support nonprofits. On Nov. 28th starting at 5am, donations made through our Facebook page will be matched up to $50K per nonprofit. Simply visit our Facebook page and click on the “Donate” button to contribute.


If you aren’t on Facebook, you can still help! Visit us at to make a donation. You can also mail us a check or pay by phone, 510-866-8482, or email

We are excited and thank you for joining us this Giving Tuesday. To qualify for the matching funds, donations must occur tomorrow between 5am and midnight. Together with the Gates Foundation, we are making a difference in our community!

Happy Holidays!

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Save the Date – Giving Tuesday!

GivingTuesGiving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with Facebook, will be matching up to $2 million to support nonprofits. On Nov. 28th starting at 5am, donations made through Facebook will be matched up to $50K per nonprofit.

Simply visit our Facebook page on Tuesday, Nov. 28th, and use the “Donate” button to make a contribution. Thank you for your support!

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Fundraising Plant Sale on Sat. Nov. 18th!

Slide1Join us for a BIG Plant Sale on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:30 – 2pm. Inventory includes beautiful orchids, canna lilies, snake plants, agave (big and small), and succulents. We also have a wide variety of lush indoor ferns such as Medusa, Boston, Lemmon Button, Kimberly Queen, and Bird’s Nest.

Put the finishing touches on your garden with our large assortment of decorative planters, 55 gallon rain barrels, round log wood edging, and mulch bagged and ready to go. See photos and flyer!​

Spend $10 or more and receive a FREE 4″ potted fern with every purchase! (while supplies last)

Did you know you can be a monthly sustaining donor? To subscribe online, simply visit our website and click the “Donate” button on the far right side.

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What’s in a Truck?

Thermometer11817Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, and followed our “Truck, Yeah” campaign. The 30-day Indiegogo campaign is now closed and look how far we have come! With your generous support, we have raised $10,250 of our $12,000 goal! If you were interested in contributing, it’s not too late. You can still donate or sign up as a monthly donor.

We want to extend a special thank you and acknowledgment to the following people for their incredible help with this campaign. Without their dedicated time, effort, and skill our fundraising efforts would not have been possible.

Join me in recognizing this exceptional talent. Truck, Yeah!

The Plant Exchange Board of Directors
Chandra Alexandre
Sandra Denhart
Rae Holzman
Madeline Miller
Ricky Robinson
Jo-Ann Byrne Sockolov
Marjorie Schwarzer

Creative Professionals
Chris Yokel – Main Videographer
BJ Adkins, Green Pea Media – Video Editor
Ram B. – Video Editor
Veronica Thorson – Graphic Designer
Kelly Felkins, Just My Neighbors – Crowdfunding Consultant
CB Smith, Community Bridge Video – Crowdfunding Consultant
College Internship Program (CIP) Berkeley – Assembling Promotional Materials

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Truck, Yeah…We are Almost There!

We have made incredible progress toward reaching our goal of purchasing a moving truck that will let us to pick up more plants more often.

We made 85% ($10,200) of our goal through crowdfunding but we still need those last few donations! Your support will take us over the threshold to our $12,000 goal. Won’t you join us today?

To help get you inspired, we have some amazing perks available to our supporters. Join us, give today, green the planet, and support your community. Every little bit helps.

Thank you for your support!


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Only 3 more days left… Truck, Yeah!

Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 9.43.48 AMI’m writing to update you on our progress for, “Truck, Yeah!” and invite you to help The Plant Exchange make it over the final hump to our goal. We need an extra push – please help us by making a tax-deductible gift today! We have already received $9002 in online and cash donations. Right now, we need the final $3000 to make the truck purchase a reality. I’d love your support. Can you help?

A gift today will ensure that The Plant Exchange can make more green for everyone. Use this link to donate $20 or more and support our efforts to help beautify our community.

Whatever you donate, know that you’ve already done a lot. Thank you for your help with making The Plant Exchange even more vibrant for a greener Bay Area.



P.S. When you give, you also unlock special gifts. Check out Truck, Yeah! to see right now..and be part of the action!

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New This Fall: A Silent Auction

Those of you who regularly attend our exchange events are familiar with our raffle table with a selection of beautiful products and services by local green and sustainable businesses. All proceeds go towards keeping The Plant Exchange free and open to the public. This year, we are upping our game!

This fall we have a silent auction featuring a dazzling array of high-end gift packages and items. Everything from wine tasting to consultations with a gardening expert. There is a fine selection to pick from and something for everyone. Make sure to check out the selection below and come prepared to bid, bid, bid!

Group 1 – Closes at 2:00pm

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Group 2 – Closes at 3:30pm

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