All events are located at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main Street Alameda unless otherwise noted.
Workshops in September at Ploughshares Nursery
A Group of Blueberries is Called a Bunch
September 12, 12 noon at Ploughshares Nursery
Free Workshop at Ploughshares Nursery all about Blueberries, how to grow em, how many you will need to feed your family, where they come from and some unusual things you can do with them (Mmm Blueberry Kambucha). Blueberries love the East Bay climate and you can grow them successfully if you learn a little bit about them! Tired of spending six dollars on a tiny basket of organic blueberries? Join us at Ploughshares and learn how you can save BIG BANK!
Henrieta and Isabella Clucking All About Chickens
September 19, 12 noon at Ploughshares Nursery
Free Workshop at Ploughshares Nursery led by our fine Egyptian Black Hens, Henrieta and Isabella, along with their ‘clucking’ translator, Jeff (whom they suspect is stealing their eggs). Considering Chickens but not sure where or when to start? Wondering how much it will cost? Worried what the neighbors will think? Join us Saturday at Henrieta’s and Isabella’s Eagle-Scout-built Chicken Palace and get the answers to these questions and information about resources to Get Your Chicken On.
Designing with Air Plants
September 26, 12 noon at Ploughshares Nursery
Air Plants are enjoying a renaissance in high end garden design as well experiencing a flurry of popular interest as specimens for the home garden and office space. But this workshop isn’t for the uninitiated, it’s about how to care for and display valuable Tillandsias just like the professionals at Sunset Magazine or Flora Grubb Gardens (we love you Flora)…. do it! During the course of the workshop we will build a vertical Tillandsia display and discuss how to care for and succeed with these remarkable epiphytes.
How to Grow Hops, FREE WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main Street, Alameda CA. Saturday the 4th of July at 12 noon. This one is for all you hardcore gardeners who prefer polishing edible skills over celebrating history stuff via explosions. This one is also for all those who understand that BEER is the very essence of a good 4th of July celebration…. and did you know that without Hops there would be no BEER!? Also I will be lonely at the nursery so please come to this workshop.
All About Summertime Fruit Tree Care, FREE WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main Street, Alameda CA. Saturday July 11th at noon, topics will include; disease mitigation, pest control, summer pruning to dwarf trees, proper planting technique, fertilizer vs compost (hint, compost wins), mid-season crop thinning and intensive planting methods for tiny yards-so you can have lots of fruit trees despite what your ‘know-it-all-gardening Aunt’ says bout it.
Berries are the Bomb(!), FREE WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main Street, Alameda CA. July 18th at noon. Berries like Marrionberry, Blackberry and Raspberry are truly bombs of flavor which explode with goodness in your mouth, and they are easy to grow if you care to learn a few tricks. It’s also true that we sometimes wish we had a bomb to blow up that thicket of black berries which was let to run unchecked too long and now owns the garden, threatening would be pruner wielding gardeners with dagger-like thorns and impassable tangles, grrr! Join us Saturday the 18th at noon and learn how to install and maintain berry bushes so that feral blackberries never happen and also get some tips for managing an established berry nightmare with minimum spilled blood.
Loose That Lawn Incentive Program -Stop Waste.org Orientation, FREE WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main Street, Alameda CA July 25th at noon. Ready to convert that water greedy lawn into a beautiful drought tolerant garden but don’t know how to start, don’t have time to research or worried about the expense? You can save 40% on plants purchased at Ploughshares, get a FREE home consultation by an expert landscaper and much more if you learn about this remarkable incentive plan.
There will be lemonade and melon slices so what do you have to lose? Mmm lemonade.
Saturday June 6th 12 noon, FREE GARDENING WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA 510 755 1102. STRAW BALE GARDENING; hands-on demonstration of gardening with straw bales, learn how to use inexpensive straw bales to grow edibles from starts and seed while conserving water and creating free compost!
Saturday June 13th 12 noon, FREE GARDENING WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA 510 755 1102. GROW PLANTS FROM CUTTINGS; learn how to grow ornamental and edible plants cheaply from cuttings. Neighbors have a shrub you would like in your own garden, but cannot find in a nursery (?), then join us Saturday June 13th and learn how to clone the plants you admire.
Saturday June 20th 12 noon, FREE GARDENING WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA 510 755 1102. HOW TO SHEET MULCH; sheet mulching is a labor saving and inexpensive way to control weeds and convert lawn areas into fertile soil ready for the installation of more drought tolerant plants. Reduce your water bill by learning this simple gardening technique.
Saturday June 27th 12 noon, FREE GARDENING WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery 270 Main St. Alameda CA. 510 755 1102. HABITAT GARDENING; discussion and hands-on demonstration of planting and hardscape installation aimed at attracting and supporting birds, bees, lizards, frogs, snakes and beneficial critters of all kinds.
Saturday May 2nd 12 noon at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA, FREE workshop ‘All About Flower Baskets!’ Join Ploughshare’s Bonnie Howard for a fun filled hour planting flower baskets and learning the tricks for keeping them thriving and beautiful!
Saturday May 16th noon at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA. Free workshop ‘Gardening Q&A with Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge’. Bring in your sick plants, questions about drought tolerance, irrigation issues or whatever other garden conundrums trouble your mind.
Saturday May 30th 2 p.m. at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA. FREE workshop ‘Optimizing Water Use in the Garden’. Food Forest Design’s Jeremy Watts joins Ploughshare’s staff for a discussion about how to reduce water use in the garden. Topics include drought tolerant plant selection, dry-farming, drip irrigation and other applicable water management techniques.
Saturday April 11th 11a.m. FREE WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery ‘Propagating Plants from Cuttings’
At the end of this workshop you should be able to go home with a few simple tools and materials, and be able to propagate various plants from cuttings! Vegetative propagation is an excellent way to increase the numbers of plants in your garden, and grow out new starts of your favorite plants to share with friends and neighbors.
Saturday April 4th 11a.m. FREE WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery ‘GROWING AWESOME TOMATOES’
Everything you need to know to grow awesome tomatoes in the East Bay’s cool climate. This one hour workshop opens with discussion of the origin and characteristics of everyone’s favorite garden plant followed by demonstration of planting techniques, pruning and proper watering. If you love tomatoes don’t miss this workshop!
Saturday April 11th 11a.m. FREE WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery ‘Propagating Plants from Cuttings’
At the end of this workshop you should be able to go home with a few simple tools and materials, and be able to propagate various plants from cuttings! Vegetative propagation, (which also includes such techniques such as division, layering, budding and grafting) is an excellent way to increase the numbers of plants in your garden, and grow out new starts of your favorite plants to share with friends and neighbors.
Saturday April 18th 11a.m. FREE WORKSHOP at Ploughshares Nursery ‘Designing with Succulents’
Succulent plants are everyone’s ‘go to’ plant for those serious about water conservation. Join us at Ploughshares for a discussion of the origin of succulents, methods for integrating them into the garden design and how to care for them so they thrive and look great!
National Heirloom Expo
Tuesday, September 9 through Thursday, September 11
Location: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA
Ploughshares is hosting a booth at the fourth annual National Heirloom Exposition, a family-friendly event featuring educational exhibits, speakers, vendors, and classes focused on pure food and heirloom vegetables. We hope to see you there!
Note: Ploughshares will be closed during the National Heirloom Expo, re-opening on Friday, September 12.
Creating Year Round Edible Gardens Workshop
Saturday, September 27
Want to produce and harvest food from your own garden? Our friends from the Bay-Friendly Gardening program will be leading this workshop on the building blocks for a sustainable, edible garden. Learn how to create healthy soil, what to plant when and how to manage pests naturally. Ideal for beginner and intermediate gardeners. Participants will receive 20% discount nursery coupons and handouts on growing edibles. There will be a drawing for gardening gifts at the end of the workshop.
Green Thumbs Workshop
Saturday, August 16
This workshop will cover horticultural resources in the Bay Area: books, non-profits, websites and other resources that will help you transform your garden space into a lush paradise of verdant green.
Habitat Gardening Workshop
Saturday, August 9
Join us for a viewing of the film “Secret Lives of Monarchs” followed by discussion of gardening best practices to entice visits from everyone’s favorite garden denizens – butterflies, hummingbirds and bees! The film is short (about 15 minutes) and will be shown at the nursery.
Propagating Plants from Cuttings Workshop
Saturday, July 19
Vegetative propagation, which also includes techniques such as division, layering, budding and grafting, is an excellent way to increase the number of plants in your garden. It can also be used to grow out new starts of your favorite plants to share with friends and neighbors. At the end of this workshop you should be able to propagate various plants from cuttings at home with a few simple tools and materials.
Succulent Gardens Workshop
Saturday, July 12
Succulents like Aoeniums, Sedums, and Echeverias offer year round beauty and require very little care or water. Join us for a discussion on how to create a drought tolerant garden with succulents. Enjoy a reduced water bill during this drought year!