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Gardening Events Calendar

It's the time of year for spring plants sales, see our listings below! Also, we encourage you to check out our Healthy Soils Webinar Series, which includes our Healthy Soils, Backyard Composting, and Worm Composting webinars. To access all of the soil building resources mentioned in the webinars, click here.

Community Events

Waterwise Gardening

When: Thursday, May 13th from 4 to 5 pm
Where: Online Event

Hosted by: Clean Water Program

With drought conditions looming, find out how you can keep your garden beautiful and healthy this summer. This free webinar will cover:

  • Most efficient irrigation techniques
  • Watering needs of different soil types
  • Using compost and mulch to conserve water
  • How to keep more water on site
  • Answers to your questions!

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Sustainable Gardening 101

When: Saturday, May 15th from 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Online Event
Hosted by: Ecology Center
Cost: $10-$15 

Learn how easy and fun gardening can be!! Lori Cardwell, owner of CompostGal Consulting, will teach you the basics of becoming a successful first- time gardener.

Topics will include: deciphering the terminology, plants 101, healthy soil building, transplanting and plant choice by season, seeds vs. starts, non-toxic pest control, reuse in the garden and tips and tricks.

Lori Caldwell, is an Alameda County Master Composter, a Stopwaste Educator, a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional and an avid edible gardener. She has been teaching sustainable gardening classes since 2007.

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Protect Habitat for Climate Resilience

When: Monday, May 17th from 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: Online Event
Hosted by: ReScape

California is host to approximately 6,500 native plant species, many found nowhere else in the world.  Many of these species are currently listed as rare, threatened or endangered. Climate change has impacted the natural habitats of our native flora and fauna: planting and hardiness zones are changing, plants are leafing out and blooming earlier, birds and butterflies are breeding and migrating earlier, and wildlife species are shifting their ranges.

Protecting and nurturing a diverse flora and fauna is key to climate resilience. Adopting regenerative landscape practices such as choosing California natives first, providing water and shelter, using organic pest management and conserving or restoring natural areas and wildlife corridors will help to conserve valuable wildlife resources and restore damaged ecosystems.  

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The History of Indigenous Chockenyo Land in the East Bay

When: Tuesday, May 18th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Online Event
Hosted by: Alameda Backyard Growers

Naturalist, interpreter and environmental educator, Francis Mendoza will talk to us about the history of the Chochenyo land that we inhabit. He will also focus on horticultural and medicinal ways Ohlone peoples use to take from and give back to the land.Francis will explain how the Indigenous peoples of the area, now known as the Oakland Bay Area, have talked story, lived sustainably and protected their land from invaders since time immemorial. As we acknowledge the land we live on, it’s also increasingly necessary to learn the true history of invasion, subjugation and trauma that native peoples have endured and continue to endure to this day. Through discussion and demonstration, Naturalist Francis Mendoza will present a holistic view of native people in the bay, one based on culture, language, food and land management. He will focus on TEK or Traditional Ecological Knowledge, having come from the Philippines where traditional Indigenous knowledge is also valued and shares a similar history of colonization by first, Spanish Colonizers, and later, American Imperialism.

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Plant Sales​

LEAF Online Spring Seedling Sale

When: April 26th through the end of May
Where: Curbside pickup at Stone Garden in Fremont

Hosted by: LEAF

LEAF will be offering online shopping with curbside pickup at Stone Garden in Fremont. (Sorry, no drop in shopping.) This year they are offering over 130 different veggies and flowers including their very popular assortment of Indian veggies. They have two new tools to assist your gardening experience: a Local When to Grow Calendar and LEAF Wiki Seedling Catalog. In them you will find a calendar of when to plant edible plants and growing tips on specific varieties we will be selling to help you cultivate a happy garden!

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Merritt College's Landscape Horticulture Department Online Plant Sale

When: Mondays and Thursdays from April 26th through May 6th from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland

Hosted by: Merritt College

Order annual edibles, ornamentals, herbs and California natives online and then go to Merritt College to pickup. Masks and physical distancing are required. The plant availability list will be posted by or before Sunday, April 25th.   

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Oaktown Native Plant Nursery Spring Sale

When: May 2nd & 3rd from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 702 Channing Way, Berkeley

Hosted by: Oaktown Native Plant Nursery

Known for their great selection of native plants that are local to the Bay Area. Oaktown is also open Thursday through Sunday if you can’t make the sale. Open for in-person, masked and socially distanced shopping. 

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