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Gardening Talks and Events

Check our calendar of upcoming events organized into the following categories:


Workshops & Talks

Learn new techniques and get inspired at these workshops and talks.

Maintaining Your Low-Water Garden

Dates: Saturday, Apr 27, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Crown Memorial State Beach
Address: 8th St. and Otis Dr., Alameda 
Type of event: Community Event
Join compost and sheet mulching guru Lori Caldwell, an EBRPD Ranger, and an EBMUD Representative for a hands-on workshop to learn how to keep your garden thriving. Topics will include plant care such as deadheading, pruning, dividing perennials; weed prevention such as spot treatment with sheet mulching; and information on setting up and monitoring seasonal watering. Space is limited.

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Medicinal Herbs Workshop

Dates: Saturday, May 4, 10 am to 12 pm
Location: LEAF Stone Garden
Address: 55 Mowry Ave, Fremont
Type of event: Community Event
Herbs are easy to grow and pack a punch in your kitchen but are also great for your health. This workshop will cover herbs that do well in the Bay Area, in gardens big and small. Everyone will go home with handouts of information, and there will be a free drawing with useful giveaways at the end.


Lawn to Garden Party!

Dates: Sunday, May 5, 9:30 am to 1 pm
Location: Private home
Address: 7891 Jade Circle, Dublin
Type of event: Community Event
Not like any other lawn party, this party will give you the opportunity to help convert a Dublin resident's lawn into an attractive garden using the sheet-mulch method all in one day, for free!

This workshop will provide hands-on instruction on sheet-mulching, irrigation, plant selection, and more. Bay-Friendly Qualified Designers will be on hand to answer questions. Take home informational materials, including information on lawn conversion rebates through Zone 7 Water Agency. Dress appropriately: please wear flat, closed toed shoes and bring a hat, gloves, and water bottle.


Gardening for Renters

Dates: Saturday, May 11, 2 pm to 4 pm
Location: Oakland Plant Exchange
Address: 4500 Lincoln Ave, Oakland 
Type of event: Community Event
Are you and renter who wants to garden? This class can help you navigate small spaces so you can! Topics will include: container gardening, working with your landlord, gardening indoors, free/low cost resources, reuse options and maintaining your garden.


Go from Lawn to Garden: a talk on Design and Sheet Mulching

Dates: Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Location: Evergreen Nursery
Address: 350 San Leandro Blvd, San Leandro
Type of event: StopWaste Event
This talk will outline how you can easily convert your lawn to a garden without ripping out the grass. Bay-Friendly Designer Tyler Coen and StopWaste Educator Lori Caldwell will provide useful design tips and demonstrate the innovative and sustainable technique – sheet mulching with cardboard, compost and mulch.


Compost and the Carbon Farming Connection

Dates: Saturday, Jun 8, 10 am to 11 am
Location: LEAF Stone Garden
Address: 55 Mowry Ave, Fremont 
Type of event: StopWaste Event
Your garden can be a mini-carbon farm helping to mitigate climate change. StopWaste staff, Tommy Fenster, will share how to use compost along with other gardening practices to turn gardens into bay friendly landscapes that effectively store carbon.

Plant Sales

These plant sales highlight selections of Mediterranean and California native plants appropriate for our local conditions.

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale

Dates: Saturday, April 20, 10 am to 3 pm
Location: Tilden Botanic Garden
Address: Shasta Rd, Berkeley
Type of event: Plant Sale
Choose from a huge selection of California native plants at the annual spring sale to benefit the Garden.

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UC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale

Dates: Saturday, April 27, 10 am to 3 pm
Location: UC Botanical Garden
Address: 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
Type of event: Plant Sale
Your Source For Exceptional Plants! Buy rare cycads and palms, carnivorous plants, succulents, subtropicals, houseplants, and a wide selection of drought-tolerant plants from around the world.

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Merritt College Horticulture Club Plant Sale

Dates: Saturday, May 4, Time TBD
Location: LEAF Stone Garden
Address: 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland
Type of event: Plant Sale
Merritt College Horticulture Club will hold its annual spring plant sale.


Eden Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

Dates: May, TBA
Location: TBA
Address: TBA
Type of event: Plant Sale
Eden Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale in May, date and location TBA. 

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Earth Month Tabling Events

Throughout the month, StopWaste educators will be at community events and workshops to share resources on home composting and carbon farming, reducing wasted food and more. 

Alameda Earth Day

April 20, 10 am to 3 pm
Washington Park

Fremont Earth Day

April 20, 4:30 pm to 11 pm
Coyote Hills Regional Park

CSEB Food Waste Reduction Lunch & Learn

April 22, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cal State East Bay

Hayward Clean-Up & Community Fair

April 27, 10 am to 1 pm
Weekes Park

Fremont LEAF Earth Day

April 28, 10 am to 3 pm
Fremont LEAF Garden

Livermore Community Service Day

May 4, 11 am to 1 pm
Carnegie Park