All events are held at Ploughshares Nursery unless otherwise indicated.  Ploughshares Nursery is located at 2701 Main St. Alameda CA 94501
call 510 755 1102 for more information



October 2016

Trade in Old Plants for New!
October 8th, 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Join Ploughshare’ staff at the Plant Exchange for a quick workshop about caring for container fruit trees and other container edibles followed by Q&A about garden challenges.   The Plant Exchange is on Saturday, October 8 from noon – 4 pm at 4500 Lincoln Avenue in the spacious grounds of Ability Now Bay Area (just below the Mormon Temple in the Oakland Hills).   Bring plants or plant cuttings to trade for new plants.  Enjoy music, food and the company of fellow gardening enthusiasts and master gardeners!
To learn more, visit the Plant Exchange Website here.

Rockridge Out and About Street Fair
October 9th, 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Every year Ploughshare’s staff reaches out to the public for support at local street fairs.  Rockridge Out and About is our all-time favorite!  Dancing,  tasty food vendors,  excellent shopping and interesting information booths sponsored by progressive Berkeley-Oakland institutions makes this fair stand out against the rest.  Why don’t you visit us Sunday October 9th on College Avenue (near the Rockridge BART station) and show your support for ending homelessness?
If you would like to learn more about Rockridge Out and About click here.

Harvest Festival and Plant Sale
October 22nd. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ploughshares Nursery
Enjoy savings of 50% on select drought tolerant,
native and edible plants at Ploughshares.

Marissa Wood of Moonmilk Creamery
and her goats, Juniper and Belladonna,
will be on hand to answer questions
about goats and goat products (no, Juniper and Belladonna
do not speak English).

Representatives of Palomacy Pigeon
and Dove Adoptions will show off
their rescue aviary and educate us
about issues facing these animals.  You might
decide to adopt one of these sweet orphans yourself.

Lori Caldwell from
will answer questions about
sheet mulching and other conservation
best practices in the garden!

Purchase Halloween Pumpkins from Farm2Market,
Alameda Point Collaborative’s Urban Farm
and job training program!

Fall is Harvest Time and the important transition
period from warm season gardening to cool season gardening, ask us how to do it!
Fall is when you should plant drought tolerant and native plants so that they
are independent of water by the following year.
Stop by and learn about animals you can keep in urban settings which could
benefit your garden and improve your health and the health of your wallet.
The kids will love the chickens, goats and doves.  Refreshments will be on-hand.

See you October 22nd!



September 2016

Sheet Mulch Demonstration
FREE WORKSHOP Saturday September 10th, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Get rid of that lawn and convert it into fertilizer by sheet mulching.  Why?  Big lawns are ridiculous, they use up enormous amounts of water, they do little to please the eye and less to feed the animals around us or otherwise benefit the environment! Transform lawn it into food for plants…. plants which look good, use little or no water, help pollinators or feed your family!  Sheet mulching makes a hard job easy and we will demonstrate the process start to finish.
‘Cool Season Edible Gardening’.
Saturday September 24th 11 a.m.
The cool season is upon us and we have heard your pleas, should we grow or let fallow?  What do I do with my edible garden now that Spring and Summer are over?  So … we added a second workshop about cool season edible gardening …. it’s a double work-shop day at Ploughshares Nursery.
Topics for discussion will include; suitable winter crops, caring for frost tender plants, techniques for growing warm season crops during the cool season, dormant spraying of fruit trees to prevent pests and disease, how/why/when to prune, seed starting, soil preparation and cover crops.

Fall Planting Success
( How to install and care for drought tolerant and native plants in the best season for ornamental gardening )
FREE WORKSHOP Saturday September 24th 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Join Ploughshare’s staff for a workshop demonstrating how to properly install low water needs native and non-native specimens, monitor water needs of new plantings and insure new additions to the garden are drought resistant or even independent of irrigation by next warm season.  Proper planting, fertilizing, pest control and maintenance will also be topics of discussion, as well as how to judge if winter weather is benefiting or stressing new plantings.
August 2016

 Introduction to Permaculture
FREE WORKSHOP Saturday August 13th, 12:00 noon at Ploughshares Nursery,
2701 Main St. Alameda CA.

Permi-curious? We can design our way out of the social and environmental nightmare we’ve created on Earth – climate change, species extinction, poverty, inequity and more.  Hear stories from real, on the ground, projects showing ways we can meet our needs while being beneficial to all life using Permaculture techniques. Learn about Permaculture design. Take an afternoon to reawaken your hope for the future of the environment and people everywhere and ask questions about Permaculture. See images and hear stories about permaculture design techniques and strategies around the Bay Area.

July 2016

Habitat Garden Workshop

Saturday July 23rd at 12 noon, its all about ‘Habitat Gardening’.  Join Ploughshare’s staff for a free workshop all about  planting  gardens which benefit  bees, butterflies, birds and lizards! Topics will include food, water and shelter and how to keep those cycles going throughout  the year!  We surround ourselves with plants the purpose of which is only to please the eye, why not please the eye and improve the environment at the same time?

May 2016

Straw Bale Gardening
Saturday May 28th at noon

Join Ploughshare’s Jeff Bridge for a demonstration of straw bale gardeningStraw bale gardening is a dry farming technique for turning regular old construction straw into a verdant bed of herbs and vegetables.  The secret is in the preparation!   This is a FREE workshop at 2701 Main St. Alameda CA 94501 Ploughshares Nursery.

“Ruth Bancroft Garden Presents; How to Plant Succulent Rockeries”  May 14th at 12 noon at Ploughshares NurseryJoin Ryan Penn of famous Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek for a hands on workshop demonstrating how to plant succulents in rockeries.  Brings some gloves because rocks will be placed, soil layered and succulents planted during the workshop.  Even long time succulent fans will come away from this workshop with new found expertise.

April 2016

“Composting and Sheet Mulching Workshop” April 9th at Ploughshares Nursery with Master Composter and Gardening Educator Lori Caldwell of,  bring all your garden conundrums at 11 a.m. for a question and answer session followed by a half hour work-shop on composting at 12:30, after the workshop, another round of Q&A until 2 p.m.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn about the benefits of composting and get you gardening questions answered by an expert at the same time. Attendees will receive a 20% coupon for Bay Friendly plants.

“Growing Awesome Tomatoes”, Free Workshop at Ploughshares Nursery April 9th at 2:30 p.m. Join Ploughshares Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge for a one hour workshop all about growing awesome tomatoes in the cool East Bay Climate, topics will include tomato history, preparing soil, how to water and how to choose varieties best suited for your micro-climate.

CANCELLED FOR FAMILY CRISIS (we will reschedule for next month) “How to Create a Vertical Succulent Planter”, Free workshop at Ploughshares Nursery April 16th at 12 noon.  Expert staff from the amazing Succulent Gardens in Castroville will be on hand to instruct attendees how to build living pictures and vertical gardens out of everyone’s favorite drought tolerant plants. Materials will be on hand for purchase if you decide you want to make your own living art piece during the workshop!

“A Tale of Five Natives”, Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at 12 Noon, free workshop at Ploughshares Nursery, take a voyage into California’s past with nursery manager Jeff Bridge on the weekend of the ‘Bring Back the Natives Garden Tour and Native Plant Sale’.  Native plants are well known for how they benefit local ecologies and reduce water usage, but certain native plants are also ‘heritage plants’ with histories of usage which date back thousands of years intricately woven into the spiritual beliefs of California native peoples.  Join us at Ploughshares Nursery to explore our California heritage through the examination of care and history of White Sage, Hummingbird Sage, Yerba Buena, Oak and Buckeye.

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