Fundraiser Plant Sale and Urban Gardening Workshop on Saturday, June 9!

Need to spruce up your garden or re-decorate your home?  Join us for our Summer Fundraiser Plant Sale this Saturday, June 9th from 9:30am – 1:30pm at 4500 Lincoln Avenue. We have a wonderful variety of plants, trees, and garden supplies at 50-60% off their retail price. See photos and flyer.

Do you need tips and info on how to prune your trees and plants?  Stay for The Art of Pruning on Saturday, June 9th from 2 – 4pm. Tony Wolcott, Professor of Arboriculture of the Horticulture division of the Biology Department at Diablo Valley College, will cover how trees grow, why pruning keeps trees healthier, how trees react to pruning, seasonal pruning, as well as examples of properly pruned trees.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.



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Large Multi Family Estate Sale and Urban Gardening Class on Saturday, May 12!

Find the perfect gift at our big Pre-Mother’s Day Estate Sale on Saturday, May 12th from 9:30am – 3:30pm. We have a wonderful variety of showroom quality house and garden items from five different estates at 50-60% off their retail price. See photos and flyer.

If you love growing good food, community building, and renewable energy, stay for Introduction to Urban Permaculture on Saturday, May 12th from 2 – 4pm. David Cody of the Institute for Urban Permaculture will share how you can use permaculture design to tie all of these goals together. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Bring your mom and get $2 off her ticket!

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Do You Have Extra Lumber?

The Plant Exchange is growing! We are expanding our storage space with the construction of new a Plant Hospital to nurture and rehabilitate unloved plants.

The storage shelves will be built out of lumber. Can you help? We can use the following flooring sizes: treated 2x4s and untreated 2x6s, 2x8s, or 2x10s. For support posts we need treated 4x4s and 4x6s. And finally we need 20 cement piers. We have a truck and can pick up the materials.

We are happy to provide you with a donation letter for tax purposes. We would need the materials by May 3rd.

Thank you so much. Time to clear out that garage!


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Expanded Plant Exchange Offerings and Schedule

Great news. After 11 years we have learned that there is a better way to serve the gardening public. Here’s how:

  • More plants, more often. We are now expanding our services to include high quality plants at 40% – 60% off retail price…10 times a year.
  • More speaker experts with how-to information. Urban Gardener Speaker series offers hands-on workshops, 8 times a year. Plus we will be able to expand our free demonstration are at the annual exchange.

Come join us…..

Schedule 2018

Feb-Sept. monthly speaker program every 2nd Saturday
Feb-Nov. plant sale (40-60% off retail) every 2nd Saturday
March: Annual Plant Exchange with expanded demo area

Note: We will no longer be hosting an exchange in October. By keeping our Spring exchange and replacing the October exchange we will be able to focus more resources on showing people how to hold their own neighborhood exchanges each October!

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Spring Out – Grow Your Garden!

April is a great time to add edibles to your garden! Join us and Jeannie Pham from StopWaste of Alameda County on Saturday, April 14 from 2 – 4pm to learn about Growing Edible Herbs and the Healthy Soil Connection. Participants will also receive a handy edible reader for reference. See more details and register online. ​​

Need to green your garden? Visit our big plant and garden sale on Saturday, April 14 from 9:30am – 1:30pm to find the perfect indoor or outdoor plant, decorative pot, or yard art for your space. See photos and flyer.

​Thank you to everyone who joined us at the exchange on Saturday! We achieved record breaking attendance. This year we will be offering you more events, more plants, and more opportunities to join us.


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The Plant Exchange is This Saturday!

Come early: We have two free garden demos starting at 11 a.m. at 4500 Lincoln Ave. in Oakland. The exchange, exhibitors, food truck, Alameda County Master Gardeners booth, and music starts at 12 noon.

Visit our “store” and Silent Auction: Shop for great gifts at a fraction of their retail value at the exchange. Whether you love being in the kitchen, art studio, garden, or pampered, we have unique speciality items for everyone.

Free mulch and compost: Bring containers to fill with rich compost and mulch donated by Stop Waste of Alameda County.

Helpers needed: Have time after the exchange from 3-6pm? We need some extra helping hands! Email [email protected].

See you Saturday!

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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!

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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 [email protected], 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 [email protected] 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.

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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 [email protected] for more info.

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

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