All events are located at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main Street Alameda unless otherwise noted.
Protecting Frost Sensitive Plants Workshop
Saturday, December 7
Learn which common plants need protection from winter cold and participate in a hands-on demonstration of techniques to prevent frost sensitive plants from succumbing to frigid temperatures.
Christmas Tree Care Workshop
Saturday, December 14
Join Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge for a workshop on the proper care of living Christmas trees. Jeff will also discuss how to troubleshoot houseplants.
Saturday, October 26
Ploughshares staff member Jeremy Watts will discuss and demonstrate proper tree maintenance and cool season care of fruit trees, vines and shrubs for structure, health, aesthetics and production. Lecture will cover pruning tools, techniques, timing and preventative disease treatments. Jeremy is a professional landscape artist focusing on sustainable, ecological methods.
Alameda Point Collaborative Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 19
Location: 2600 Barbers Point Rd Alameda (APC Farm)
Enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly activities at APC Farm, located next door to Ploughshares. Sample fresh produce from the farm, take a tour, play a carnival game, learn about growing and healthy eating food. This is a free public event; everyone is welcome!
Creating Year-Round Edible Gardens Workshop
Saturday, September 28
Want to produce and harvest food from your own garden? Join us for a fun and user-friendly talk on the building blocks for a sustainable, edible garden that will be led by our friends from the Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening program. Learn how to build healthy soil, what to plant when, and how to manage pests naturally. Ideal for beginner and intermediate gardeners. Each participant will receive 20% discount nursery coupons and detailed handouts on growing edibles. There will be a drawing for garden gifts at the end of the talk.
Sunday, September 22
Join us for a presentation about growing giant pumpkins. Ploughshares community gardeners Cameron and Andrew Fuller will relate their experience growing ‘Mr. Pequino,’ a 300 pound pumpkin, from tiny seed so that you can do it yourself next season. Friends and family will be amazed and you will have the best jack o’ lantern in the neighborhood!
Turf Alternatives Talk: Natural History Meets Cultural History
Saturday, September 7
Anyone interested in replacing their lawn with native plants should join us for this discussion led by Georgia Madden, a landscape designer with landscape architecture firm Feyerabend & Madden. The boundaries between the natural environment and our communities are becoming more and more pronounced as development increases. Re-creating nature may not be feasible but we can create gentler, creative, and more organic outdoor spaces that respect our regional climatic character. The discussion will cover different levels of turf conversion, techniques and preparation, and plants and materials.
About the presenter: Georgia Madden’s goal as a professional designer is to integrate more climate-appropriate gardens into the built environment of our cities. She has a MFA from Ohio State University and certificates from the Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Program and UC Berkeley Extension Landscape Architecture Program.