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Gardening Talks and Events

Median Strips: Create Attractive Low-Water Use Designs

Dates: Monday, September 16, 3:30 pm to 5 pm

Location: EBMUD Administration Building
Address: 375 11th St., Oakland
Type of event: Community Event

How do you create a beautiful and low-water use median strip?

Median strips along sidewalks in the EBMUD service area often exceed their water budget up to 200 percent. On Monday, September 16, 2019 Patricia St. John, Horticultural Instructor at Merritt College and Owner of St. John Landscapes and Laura Henry Kukulski, Landscape Designer, will present eye-catching designs and plant palettes of low-water use median strips. Come take a virtual tour with us around the EBMUD service area to view these beautiful, water-wise, narrow garden designs.

The meeting will be held at the EBMUD Administration Building at 375 11th Street in Oakland on the second floor. The Administration Building is conveniently located near the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station.  Please arrive promptly. Light refreshments will be served.



Gardening from the Ground Up: Tools for Building Healthy Soil Workshop

Dates: Saturday, September 28, 10 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic
Type of event: Community Event 

This workshop will provide a comprehensive guide to building and managing healthy soil for growing food,  cultivating and maintaining a Bay-Friendly garden. This hands-on, interactive workshop is geared toward beginner and intermediate gardeners.


How-to Backyard Compost Workshop

Dates: Saturday, October 19, 10 am to 12 noon
Location: City Slicker Farms
Address: 2847 Peralta Ave., Oakland
Type of event: StopWaste Event

Compost is gardening gold, and you can learn how to make it in your own backyard. StopWaste Educators Lori Caldwell and Trevor Probert will share all the basics, including pile building, troubleshooting, harvesting and best uses of finished compost at this free, hands-on workshop. It’s also a great opportunity to visit City Slicker Farms and see how they’ve incorporated compost into their food production. This is an interactive workshop, so bring garden gloves if you have them.


Compost Happens: Compost 101

Dates: Sunday, October 20, 11 am to 1 pm
Location: Pollinate Farm & Garden
Address: 2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland
Type of event: Community Event

Come and learn how easy it is to transform your yard waste and food scraps into “gardeners’ gold”. The benefits of compost are many: recycling resources, saves money and water. This workshop will teach you to make, harvest and use this valuable soil amendment in your garden.