Events

All events are located at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main Street Alameda unless otherwise noted.

 

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
Tickets: http://theheirloomexpo.com/

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
10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: Free

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.

RECENT EVENTS

Green Thumbs Workshop
Saturday, August 16
12:00pm-1:30pm
Cost: Free

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
12:00pm-1:30pm
Cost: Free

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
12:00pm-1:30pm
Cost: Free

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
12:00pm-1:30pm
Cost: Free

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!