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Gardening Talks and Events

Fall is the best time to prepare you garden, build healthy soil and plant. Join us for one of these free events or plant sales to get the tools you need.

StopWaste Events

Lawn to Garden Party

Date: Saturday, October 7, from 9:30 am to 1 pm

Not like any other lawn party, this one gives you a chance to help convert a lawn into a garden all in one day!  Come join us in Berkeley as we transform a lawn using cardboard, compost and mulch. StopWaste educators and staff will be on hand to guide us as we sheet mulch and plant a new garden. This is a great opportunity to see the whole process, from curb cutting, prep, actual sheet mulching and planting. Participants will learn about lawn conversion rebates, drought tolerant plant choices, and sheet mulch materials. 

At the end of the event there will be a raffle drawing for some great garden gifts. Please register to receive location details and so that we have a head count for seasonal snacks and tools.

Register for details and location


Nursery Talks and Tabling

Design your new Garden after Sheet Mulching

Date: Saturday, October 14, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Ln., Livermore

Tyler Coen, a Bay-Friendly Designer, will give this talk about how to design a water saving garden after sheet mulching your lawn. After the talk, we will be tabling until 1:30 to answer your questions. 


Visit Alden Lane Nursery's website


Plant Sales

Oakland Plant Exchange

Date: Saturday, October 21, from Noon to 4 pm
Location: 4500 Lincoln Ave., Oakland

Want an instant New Garden? Bay Area plant lovers flock to this unique, all-volunteer run event. To participate in the free exchange, gardeners must bring plants to exchange, or garden items, such as clay pots, decorative items, garden umbrellas, tools, equipment, books on gardening, stepping stones, and more. For the first time, there will be compost and mulch for pick up to use for sheet mulching or gardening. Bring your own buckets!

Gardeners may drop off donations beginning two weeks before the event.  For more information please call (510) 866-8482 or contact

Visit the Plant Exchange website

UC Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale

Date: Sunday, September 24, from 10:30 am to 4 pm
Location: 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley

The Garden is committed to providing customers a wonderful selection of drought-resistant plants from around the world including an enhanced selection of California natives and a wide array of plants for lawn replacements. The Garden’s expert staff and volunteers will be there to answer questions, give advice, and talk plants!

Get more details at the Botanical Garden's website

Merritt College Horticulture Club Plant Sale

Date: Saturday, October 7, from 9 am to 3 pm and
Sunday, October 8, from Noon to 3 pm
Location: 12500 Campus Dr, Oakland

Merritt College Horticulture club hosts its annual plant sale the first weekend in October. Saturday festivities will include music, food, tours and plants! 

Get more details on Merritt College's website

Friends of the Regional Parks Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale

Date: Saturday, October 7, from 10 am to 3 pm (Friends members only from 9 am to 10 am)
Location: Tilden Regional Parks Botanical Garden

The fall sale offers the full range of California native plants.  

Visit the Botanical Garden's website


Community Events and Talks

LEAF Workshop Series

Date: Saturdays, from 11 am to 12:30 pm 
Location: LEAF Center @ California Nursery Historical Park
Niles Blvd. at Nursery Avenue, Fremont

LEAF is a volunteer organization bringing people together to grow healthy pesticide free food and to learn about environmentally sustainable gardening and ecological practices. 

Check out LEAF's workshop series 

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