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November Adopt-a-Plant Fundraiser

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Leadership Public Schools Hayward Gives Back

On March 15th a group of sophomores from Leadership Public Schools Hayward is continuing the school’s annual tradition of volunteering, which is known as the Advisory Day of Service.

The Advisory Day of Service is a day where LPS goes out into the community to volunteer and give back: it is part of LPS’ mission to build respect, responsibility and commitment:

We decided to partner with the Plant Exchange because we strongly believe in their mission of practicing and sharing environmentally healthy ways of living. We look forward to participating in the work of improving our environment, and repaying our community for all they have done to cultivate all of us.

March is a very busy time for The Plant Exchange as we are gearing up for our annual free community event. The help LPS provided could not have come at a better time. Thank you for joining us. The Plant Exchange would not be what it is without our fantastic volunteers!

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#GivingTuesday and The Plant Exchange

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The Plant Exchange is thrilled to be a part of #GivingTuesday again this year.

We have a special event planned on Tuesday, November 27th: a “PAINT A POT” party! Volunteers will paint clay pots that will be donated to underserved youth and assisted living organizations who are attending Plant Exchange hosted Gardening Classes.

Sign up via Eventbrite by Friday, 11/23 as space is limited. If you would like to donate funds or supplies specifically for this event, please email us at



Now through November 27th, every dollar donated (donate here) will help us give more plants to our community:

  • $25 – We will donate a plant to a local non-profit
  • $50 – We will donate a tree to a local non-profit
  • $100 – We will donate a variety of indoor plants to a local non-profit
  • $250 – We will donate 5 indoor trees to a local non-profit
  • $1,000 – We will donate and install a raised planter and all the fixins’ to a local non-profit

THANK YOU for your support and for helping us keep this community clean, beautiful, and green!



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The Season for Giving…

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

September was a whirlwind month for The Plant Exchange. We hosted our First Annual Fall Fundraiser and hosted several fundraiser sales (both plant and estate). AND we received one of our biggest donations yet – Hundreds of indoor and outdoors ferns as well as bags and bags of colored mulch.

It was so rewarding to find new homes for so many of these plants! Here are a couple of non-profits that so kindly gave these plants new homes:


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First Annual Fall Fundraiser

Our First Annual Fall Fundraiser on September 22nd was a huge success. The Bernard Maybeck home itself was an architectural masterpiece drawing inspiration from nature and the 400 year old Oak Trees surrounding the home.

Guests were treated to a curated tour of the home by Mitchell Schwarzer, Professor at California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland. Guests also had the opportunity to tour the botanical gardens and the home’s eclectic art collection. A classical pianist serenaded guests as they watched the sunset through floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Oakland skyline.

A huge thank you to our Board of Directors, volunteers, Event Sponsors, and all the guests who attended the event. We cannot wait to grow the event in 2019!

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Bernard Maybeck + Art + Gardens = The Plant Exchange’s Fall Fundraiser on 9/22

We are thrilled to showcase so many Oakland treasures this weekend at our Fall Fundraiser Bernard Maybeck’s Guy Hyde Chick House, the home’s botanical garden and 400 year old oak trees, and the homeowner’s eclectic art collection.

Here is a sneak peek of one of the curated tours guests will receive at the event! 

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In opposition to the imitative, dumbing-down of European architecture in the Bay Area during the nineteenth century, what we have come to know as the Victorian Era, some architects – Bernard Maybeck, Willis Polk, and Ernest Coxhead – turned to craftsmanship, the use of native building materials like cedar and redwood, and a belief that architecture should harmonize with the region’s nature, climate and landscape. Influenced by the English Arts and Crafts Movement as well as the French neo-medievalist Viollet-le-Duc, Maybeck felt that ornament should not be nailed on, but should emerge from and elaborate modern constructional methods. After he moved to the Bay Area in 1892, when he was thirty, Maybeck designed houses that expressed with his own idiosyncratic sources of inspiration: Swiss chalets and concrete warehouses; quatrefoils and truss roofs. As we see in the Chick House, he produced a craftsmanship of elaboration, where the joining, interlocking and even collision of structural members or building materials became a springboard for high-wire acts of architectural design.

Mitchell Schwarzer is Professor at California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland, where he teaches the history of art, architecture and urbanism. He is the author of Architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area: History and Guide, (William Stout Press, 2007).

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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The Final Days of Summer and Upcoming Events

We downloadhave lots of fun planned for Saturday, August 14th:

9:30am – 1:30pm Fundraiser Plant Sale

  • House Plants, Outdoor Plants, Gardening Supplies and Tools, Decor, and more at 50-60% off retail prices
  • Free Admission
  • Click here for more info

2pm – 4pm Speaker Series Workshop

  • Intro To Mushroom Cultivation with Theresa Halula. Ms. Halula has been growing mushrooms indoors and outside since 2005. She is an active Permaculture Designer providing landscape services in the East Bay Region. Mushroom Cultivation is an elective toward the Landscape Horticulture Permaculture Certificate. Ms. Halula promotes understanding the ecological relationships of living organisms with the natural cycles of life, which includes the role of fungi and the ecological services they contribute as decomposers and as symbiotic partners in that dance.
  • Tickets for Speaker Series only – $10 in advance (click here) or $12 at the door


And Save the Date for our First Annual Fundraising Event!

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Questions? Want to volunteer? Give us a call at (510) 866-8482 or email us at

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Plants For Sale, Gardening Tips, How to Make Compost Tea, and More – July 14, 2018

Need new plants, trees, succulents or gardening tools? Are you an novice gardener looking for Bay Area specific gardening tips? Or ever wanted to learn how to make compost teas to beautify your plants?

Join The Plant Exchange for another full day of activities on Saturday, July 14th

9:30am – 1:30pm Fundraiser Plant Sale, Free Admission, click here for more info

2pm – 4pm Speaker Series Workshops

  • Intro To Gardening (Novice/Beginner) with Susan Fritz, Master Gardener
  • Advanced Soil Amendments (Intermediate/Advanced) with Jesse Porter, Owner and Soil Enthusiast of Oakland Garden Supply
  • Tickets for Speaker Series only – $10 in advance (click here) or $12 at the door

Questions? Give us a call at (510) 866-8482 or email us at

Interested in volunteering? Reach out to Jeff, Volunteer Coordinator, at

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Kitchen Exchange Community Event

The Plant Exchange and ITK Culinary have teamed up to host a Kitchen Exchange community event. Bring kitchen items you don’t need, and swap for something you really want! Pots, pans, cutlery, glassware, appliances, bakeware – anything kitchen related that is clean and in working condition can be brought to the exchange. Chef Doug Eng from ITK will also be hosting two cooking demos!

W H E N: Saturday, June 23rd
10am: Cooking Demo, Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Avocado Frosting
10:30am: Cooking Demo, Veggie Fritters with Siracha Aioli
11am-1pm: Kitchen Exchange

W H E R E: ITK Culinary, 1410 62nd Street, Emeryville

P A R K I N G: Street parking and two public garages (62nd/Horton and 65th/Hollis).

T I C K E T S: $8 per person (includes exchange admission two cooking demos, and a canvas tote bag). Tickets available here or at the door.

Your attendance and support helps The Plant Exchange carry out it’s mission of building community and promoting sustainability and resource sharing, and also supports ITK’s education and community programs. Learn more and get involved by emailing

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