All events are located at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main Street Alameda unless otherwise noted.
Alameda Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 26
Location: Washington Square Park
Ploughshares is hosting a booth at Alameda’s annual Earth Day celebration – we hope to see you there! This is a family-friendly event with information booths, games, and local vendors. The nursery will be open for regular retail hours.
Drought Tolerant Native Gardening Workshop
Saturday, May 3
This workshop will cover the special needs of California native shrubs and trees, and how to properly prune and water them. We will also discuss the historical distribution of native plants and what roles they play in ornamental and edible home gardens.
Bee, Hummingbird, and Butterfly Friendly Gardens Workshop
Saturday, May 17
Ploughshares General Manager Jeff Bridge will discuss which plants attract entertaining and beneficial critters and how to integrate those plants into ornamental and edible home gardens for best effect. Throw away that hummingbird feeder (it’s the equivalent of McDonald’s in the hummingbird world) and learn to love Salvia!
Not Your Mother’s Garden Party
A fundraiser for Alameda Point Collaborative
Sunday, May 18
Join us for a fabulous afternoon of live music, local food, and raffle prizes in support of affordable housing for formerly homeless East Bay families. Alameda Point catering company Pacific Fine Foods will be serving treats made with produce from APC Farm and Alameda Point distillery St. George Spirits will be mixing cocktails inspired by our gardens.
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Lose Your Lawn Workshop
Saturday, May 31
With drought on everyone’s mind it’s time to consider reducing your water consumption by removing your lawn and replacing it with drought tolerant plants. Join us for a discussion of the process of removing lawn and a demonstration of techniques like sheet mulching that will make the job much easier than it looks.
Edible Gardening for Beginners Workshop
Saturday, April 19
Been thinking about a vegetable garden this year but don’t know where to start? Join us to learn which vegetables are appropriate for different seasons, how to water your vegetables, and how to tend your soil so that you have a bountiful harvest year after year.
Tomato Growing Workshop
Saturday, April 12
Ploughshares General Manager Jeff Bridge will deliver the low down on tomatoes: where they come from, what they like, and tricks that wise old tomato gardeners knew back in the day.
Introduction to Permaculture Workshop
Saturday, March 22
Permaculture is a philosophy and system of building, farming, gardening and landscaping conceived by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s in the wake of environmental problems left behind by previous centuries of colonization and more recent industrialization. Join landscape designer Jeremy Watts at Ploughshares to learn about simple permaculture concepts that can be used in your garden to improve the health of plants, increase food crop yields, and ultimately reduce labor. Topics covered will include: sheet mulching, resource optimization, functional planting, using diversity to create a healthy garden, and productive low maintenance landscaping.
Creating Year-Round Edible Gardens Workshop
Saturday, March 15
Want to maximize your urban edible production, sustainably? Join us for a hands-on, how-to workshop on growing edibles year round. Lori Caldwell, Master Composter and Bay-Friendly Educator, will provide you with the nuts and bolts on designing for edibles, building healthy soil, choosing companion plants, planting seasonally, rotating crops for higher yield, and harvesting. There will be a focus on spring/summer loving edibles like tomatoes, carrots, bush and pole beans, lettuce and more. Each participant will receive an Edible Reader – an indispensable reference – discount nursery coupons and detailed gardening handouts. There will be a drawing for gardening gifts at the end of the workshop.
Creating Healthy Soil Workshop
Saturday, March 8
Ploughshares is pleased to welcome back Kerri Kemp Gardner of Kellogg Garden Products to lead a discussion on creating healthy soil for organic gardens. This year’s workshop will emphasize water reduction techniques – learn how to lower water usage through proper application of mulch. Kerri has a BS in horticulture from Cal Poly and over fifteen years experience working for one of the leading organic soil companies on the west coast. Kerri is fond of saying that she is “a horticulturalist by training and a gardener by passion”.