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Gardening During COVID-19

Although in-person gardening events have been canceled during the COVID-19 health emergency, gardening at home is a safe way to stay active and healthy. If you need seeds, compost, or starts there are local partner nurseries, bulk garden suppliers, and online seed catalogs that are open during shelter-in-place. Be sure to call first as hours, inventory, and services may have changed. For a list of on-line gardening events, click here.

Local Partner Nurseries:

These are partner nurseries who stock diverse Bay-Friendly plants. If you don't see your local nursery listed here, please contact them about hours and access.

(925) 447-0280
981 Alden Lane, Livermore
Open Friday through Monday, 9 am to 4 pm.
(510) 797-3700
3700 Thornton Ave, Fremont
Open during shelter in place.
(510) 845-6490
2332 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 3:45 pm.
(510) 632-1522
350 San Leandro, Blvd.
Open 7 days a week, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. 
(510) 652-1936
4001 Grand Ave, Oakland
Open during shelter in place.
(510) 387-9744
702 Channing Way, Berkeley
Open Thursday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, order plants for curbside pick-up. You can also make an appointment to visit the nursery, check the website for details. 
(510) 755-1102
2701 Main St, Alameda
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, and for special orders/deliveries for over $350 during shelter in place.
(510) 686-3493
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland
Pollinate Farm & Garden is taking orders via email or phone for curbside pickup on designated days, check their website for details. 
(510) 234-2222
601A Canal Blvd., Richmond
The Watershed Nursery is open for will-call orders and delivery. Call or email the nursery for details.  

Bulk Garden Suppliers:

Check out the Marketplace on Lawn to Garden for a complete directory of Bay Area sources for bulk recycled compost, mulch, and sheet mulch materials. 

Seed Catalogs:

On-line Gardening Events

LEAF Plant Sale: No Contact, Order Online   

When: Ongoing
Hosted by: LEAF
LEAF has implemented a whole new no-contact procedure for your protection and theirs. This means the entire sales transaction will not be face to face ; payments will be online with either no-contact curbside pick-up or home delivery.


Lawn to Garden: Sheet Mulching Tricks and Tips

When: May 30, 2020, 10 am to 11 am
Hosted by: EBMUD
Ready to save water this summer with a low-water use garden? Come join us online for an engaging presentation on sheet mulching - a popular non-toxic method to convert your lawn into a thriving low-water use garden.
To take out the guesswork, sheet mulch guru Lori Caldwell will guide us through the step-by-step process and provide specific tricks and tips to ensure successful results.  Site preparation, required materials, and planting, irrigation, and maintenance considerations will be covered. An EBMUD representative will also be available to provide information on EBMUD's Lawn Conversion Rebate Program. Bring your questions, there will be time for a Q and A.

Create a Climate Positive Landscape

When: June 1, 2020, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Hosted by: EBMUD

Have you considered how various features in a landscape increase or decrease carbon in the atmosphere? In this webinar, Kate Lenahan, Landscape Designer with CMG Landscape Architects, will discuss Climate Positive Design (CPD) - landscape design that captures more carbon than it emits. Through case studies of climate positive landscapes and demonstration of the Pathfinder carbon calculator, she will take us through the steps to measure the impact of design choices, material selection, and maintenance practices on our carbon footprint. Together, we’ll explore the links between water conservation and carbon sequestration. Landscape designers and builders are poised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere by 1 gigaton by 2050. Are you ready to take this challenge?

Kate researches afforestation planting strategies that best capture carbon and are resilient to a changing climate. Her projects include urban master planning in Sunnyvale, design guidelines for Park Avenue in downtown San Jose, and the San Francisco Waterfront Resiliency Program.


Planting with Compost

Give your plants a boost by adding compost when you plant.

Planting with Compost