Events

Craft up that Succulent Bowl with Ploughshares Nursery
FEE based workshop (see below)
September 18th 2021
11:30 a.m. at Ploughshares Nursery
2701 Main St. Alameda CA 94501

Craft up your very own succulent bowl with the help of Ploughshares Nursery creative peeps during this hands-on workshop in September.
Part one (35 minutes) we will demonstrate how to plant and care for your succulent bowl then take a break (15 minutes) for refreshment.
Part two (60 minutes) Ploughshares staff will assist you in selecting succulents, planters and advise on how to assemble both together to please the easy-going gods of succulents!
Get ready for some fun conversation and creative gardening September 18th 11:30 a.m.
This workshop will be held at Ploughshares Nursery. All succulents, soil and planter bowl included in fee: $45.00
Ticket link here

Planting a Habitat Garden for Local Butterflies
FREE WORKSHOP
July 24th 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA 94501
No registration required
Discussion followed by demonstration of gardening focused on local butterfly species needs.  Nectar plants and milkweed proper planting technique demonstrated as we create a raised bed for butterflies like the American Lady, the West Coast Lady, the Western Monarch and Acmon Blue.

Succulent Gardening, Containers and Kokedama
FREE WORKSHOP
July 10th at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ploughshares Nursery
2701 Main St.
No registration required
As drought closes in succulent plants grown in containers or displayed in Kokedama becomes more than add-on beauty, gardening with succulents becomes imperative to save water.  Enjoy discussion of the origin of these drought busting beautiful plants followed by demonstration of planting in containers and display using the technique of Kokedama.  Stick around after the workshop and create your own container or Kokedama succulent mini-garden!

Five Elements of a Butterfly Garden
FREE WORKSHOP
Ploughshares Nursery
June 19th 11am-12:45pm
2701 Main St. Alameda CA. 94501

Enjoy a hands on lecture and project describing the essential elements of butterfly gardening and demonstrating how to help local butterflies flourish.

‘Square Foot Gardening’ is the best way to utilize raised bed and small row planting areas in gardens where space is at a premium.  Come down to Ploughshares and participate in using the square foot gardening technique to plant an octagonal raised bed with peppers, cabbage, tomatoes and melons.
If we have time we will demonstrate planting a similar bed positioned in the shade with lettuce, cilantro and herbs.

Square Foot Gardening in an Octagonal Bed
April 17th 2021
11am
2701 Main St Alameda CA
94501
510 755 1102
r.s.v.p. necessary
send email to jbridge@apcollaborative.org to register

Sorry but lots of staff sick with non-covid stuff and leaving for family emergencies.  Next workshop will be in late April at the nursery on the subject of square foot gardening.  Apologies and looking forward to seeing masked faces in April at the nursery.

Warm Season Vegetable Gardening
March 26th 7pm

Primer on the basics of growing warm season vegetables such as Eggplant, Tomatoes, Peppers, Melons, Cucumbers, Basil and Squash.  Topics include: growing from seed, square foot planting, vegetable starts, row planting, soil preparation, pollination and pest and disease control.
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Topic: Warm Season Vegetable Gardening
Time: Mar 26, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Warm Season Vegetable Gardening
March 24th 2PM

Primer on the basics of growing warm season vegetables such as Eggplant, Tomatoes, Peppers, Melons, Cucumbers, Basil and Squash.  Topics include: growing from seed, square foot planting, vegetable starts, row planting, soil preparation, pollination and pest and disease control.
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Time: Mar 24, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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How to Grow Awesome Tomatoes
March 19th 7PM

Whether you are an expert or a beginner you will come away with something new from our annual presentation about tomato growing.  Topics include: history, heirlooms vs conventional, determinate vs indeterminate, hybrid vs open pollinated, horticulture (sun, soil, water requirements), fertilizer, nutrition, dry farming and pest and disease control and prevention.
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Time: Mar 19, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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How to Grow Awesome Tomatoes
March 10th 2PM

Whether you are an expert or a beginner you will come away with something new from our annual presentation about tomato growing.  Topics include: history, heirlooms vs conventional, determinate vs indeterminate, hybrid vs open pollinated, horticulture (sun, soil, water requirements), fertilizer, nutrition, dry farming and pest and disease control and prevention.
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Topic: How to Grow Awesome Tomatoes
Time: Mar 10, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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How to Grow Strawberries Organically

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Topic: How to Grow Strawberries
Learn how to nourish tender young strawberries organically with love until it comes time to brutally rip them from their beds and bite down on the juicy goodness.  Recipes, history and best tips, join us for a free fun slide show about strawberries.
Time: Feb 24, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Container Gardening Presentation, January 15 at 1:00pm via Zoom

Are you interested in learning more about container gardening? With limited space, container gardening gives you the opportunity for cost-effective, manageable gardening.   Jeff Bridge, Nursery Manager at Ploughshares Nursery will be discussing container gardening in a meeting hosted by the Alameda Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  Jeff’s presentation, followed by questions and answers, is expected to last one hour.
Register in advance for this presentation here:

Container Gardening with Jeff Bridge

Unusual Edibles from Around the World
December 10th 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tour the world in your imagination as discuss five unusual edible plants available for sale at Ploughshares Nursery.

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Unusual Edibles from Around the World
November 21 10am to 11am
Let your palate guide you around the world during this discussion of five ‘unusual edibles’.   We aren’t in Kansas anymore.

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Topic: Unusual Edibles from Around the World
Time: Nov 21, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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October Seasonal Vegetable Gardening Zoom Presentations and Q&A
These are free workshops about growing edible plants appropriate for the cool or warm season.
Topics include: Cool season versus warm season selection, growing from seed versus vegetable starts, preparing the soil, how to use fertilizer, how to apply compost, proper watering and how to identify and treat pests and disease.
This is a forty five minute presentation followed by a thirty minute question and answer session.  Media will include video and slides.  I promise I won’t sing in this one.
See you on Zoom October 15th at 6:30 p.m. or October 24th at 10 a.m

Seasonal Vegetable Gardening
October 15th 6:30 p.m. to 7:45

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Seasonal Vegetable Gardening
October 24th 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

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Garden Questions and Answers
Tuesday August 18th 7pm

Join us again in the evening this time …. to sort out your gardening conundrums and projects.  If we don’t know the answer, we will get back to you with an answer later in the week.

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Topic: Garden Questions and Answers with Ploughshares Nursery
Time: Aug 1, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Garden Questions and Answers with Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge
Saturday August 8th at 3pm

Join Ploughshare’s nursery manager for a question answer session about gardening in August.  Bring your questions related to summer gardening and hopefully take back answers which will improve your enjoyment of the garden!

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Time: Aug 8, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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July 25th 2020 Saturday 11am to 12:45pm
Kokedama at Distance
Take part in the philosophy of Wabi-sabi, working with your hands to create impermanent and imperfect beauty for your home and garden …. In this workshop we will explore this fashionable trend in gardening using soil, succulents and dry moss.  Students will receive materials sufficient to create and take home two Moss-ball planters.  Indulge your imagination and participate in the tradition of Bonsai with roots in the 17th century.

Create your own Kokedama hanging balls from succulents, soil, twine and moss in this hands on workshop. We have a large space and we will be observing social distancing. Participants will take home their own Kokedama creations crafted at their personal garden station.

Limited to eight participants, get tickets here

April 25th 2020 Saturday 12:00 noon
How to Grow Awesome Tomatoes
Free Workshop
Novice or expert, there will be something to take home for all people interested in growing awesome tomatoes.  Subjects will include the history, horticulture, pests, disease and lots of tips and tricks for getting the best tomato from your particular garden situation!

April 4 2020 Saturday 12:00 noon
Vegetable Gardening Basics
Free Workshop
Learn how to grow peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, squash, kale, chard, cauliflower, broccoli and many more warm season vegetables.  Learn about soil, sun, water and pest control in this hands-on workshop for the beginning or intermediate gardener.

April 1st 2020 Wednesday 6 a.m.
Googly Eye Gardening
Free workshop
Are you afraid of plants?  I am too.  Thats why we are having this workshop at 6 a.m., long before most plants wake-up.  We will explore techniques for ‘de-escalating plant anger’ through mindful meditation, coffee and application of googly eyes to leaves and stalks.  See you here at 6 a.m.!

March 22nd 2020 Sunday 12:00 noon
Crafting Kokedama (moss-ball planters)
FEE BASED WORKSHOP $30.00 (click here for tickets)

Take part in the philosophy of Wabi-sabi, working with your hands to create impermanent and imperfect beauty for your home and garden …. In this workshop we will explore this fashionable trend in gardening using soil, succulents and dry moss.  Students will receive materials sufficient to create and take home two Moss-ball planters.  Indulge your imagination and participate in the tradition of Bonsai with roots in the 17th century.

March 21st 2020 Saturday 12:00 noon
How to Grow Awesome Tomatoes
Free Workshop
Novice or expert, there will be something to take home for all people interested in growing awesome tomatoes.  Subjects will include the history, horticulture, pests, disease and lots of tips and tricks for getting the best tomato from your particular garden situation!

March 7th 2020 Saturday 12:00 noon
Vegetable Gardening Basics
Free Workshop
Learn how to grow peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, squash, kale, chard, cauliflower, broccoli and many more warm season vegetables.  Learn about soil, sun, water and pest control in this hands-on workshop for the beginning or intermediate gardener.

March 1st 2020 Sunday 12:00 noon
Seed Starting and Vegetative Propagation
Free Workshop
Learn how to start your garden from seed and cuttings of mature plants.  In this hands on workshop we will sow different seeds, provide information necessary to grow from seed to maturity and also produce new plants from cuttings taken from mature plants.

February 15th 2020 12:00 noon
How to Grow Matilja Poppy
Free Workshop
Do you like fire?  Do you like digging?  If you like fire and digging roots up this workshop is perfect for you!  Romneya coulteri or ‘Fried Egg Plant’ is an amazing California native with hand-sized white petals and a half-dollar sized yellow center.  She is notoriously difficult to propagate, one must dig up her rhizomes in winter and transplant quickly, or … simulate wildfire to activate her seed.  Help us play with fire to grow this beautiful native plant at this free workshop.

September 2019


HARVEST FESTIVAL SALE AT PLOUGHSHARES
Saturday Sept. 28th 10-5pm
Sunday Sept. 29th 10-5pm

Save BIG and plant-up your garden September 29th.  Music, snacks and LOTS of plants, pottery and organic soil all discounted 40%.  

Fall and Winter Edible Gardening with Ploughshares Nursery
Sat, Sep 21, 2019, 11:30 AM –
Sun, Sep 22, 2019, 12:00 PM PDT

Eat Real Festival
Jack London Square
472 Water Street
Oakland, CA 94607

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In this class learn what vegetables are appropriate for the fall and winter, how to prepare soil for spring gardening ahead of the spring rush-to-garden, how to minimize weeding next spring by implementing best practices in winter, what crops to use to restore nutrients (cover crops) as well as the fine points of crop rotation. We will discuss fruit tree care and dormant season pest control measures. Participants will receive a selection of vegetable starts suitable for winter growing which they will seed in containers at the presentation. A drawing for a free Pineapple Guava tree will be held at the end of each workshop.

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August 2019

Queen of Shade, Flower Bowl Workshop
FREE WORKSHOP
Saturday August 24th 11:30 to 1pm

So many shade gardens in Alameda and so much doubt about what flowers work in shade.  Dispel your worries in this hands-on workshop where we will plant flower bowls with shade loving plants.  Bring your gloves! Limited to 10 people so RSVP here.

Planting Succulent Bowls
FREE WORKSHOP
Saturday August 17th 11:30 to 1pm
The perfect plants for busy people seeking exotic beauty.  Succulents are easy to take care of, can be virtually ignored for weeks, yet provide endless fascination in all their forms and colors.  Put on some gloves and plant your own succulent masterpiece in this hands-on workshop.
Limited to 10 people so RSVP here.

The Art of the Flower Bowl
FREE WORKSHOP
Saturday August 3rd  11:30 to 1pm
Join longtime Alamedan nursery-artisan Bonnie Howard for a hands on workshop creating works of art in pots and bowls with perennial and annual flowers!  When you are finished and you behold what you have created, you’ll want to take it home!  Limited to 10 people so RSVP here.

 

 

July 2019

Food Sovereignty
FREE WORKSHOP/PRESENTATION
Saturday July 20th 12-1:30pm
‘Food Sovereignty’ asserts that the people who produce, distribute, and consume food should control the mechanisms and policies of food production and distribution. Learn the history of this movement and how you can participate on the level of home gardening and neighborhood activism.

Healthy Families Eat Garden Grown Food
FREE WORKSHOP
Saturday July 13th 12-1:30pm
Learn how to boost your health by supplementing your diet with home-grown fruits and vegetables.
Topics include nutritional information about specific vegetables and fruit and how they prevent disease and methods for securing clean garden grown food no matter your circumstances.

Container Edible Gardening
FREE WORKSHOP
Saturday July 6th 12-1pm
Busy people with no yards, or too-small yards for large garden plots, can grow all kinds of delicious vegetables and fruits when they learn a few simple tricks and tips at this hands-on workshop.

June 2019

Succession Planting for Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds
FREE WORKSHOP
Saturday June 29th 12-1pm
Learn how to supply everyone’s favorite animals with food throughout the year.

Butterfly Gardens
FREE WORKSHOP
Saturday June 22nd 12-1pm
Learn how to design your garden to support endangered Butterfly populations throughout the year.  Children dressed as butterflies receive a free California Lilac to take home and feed on.

Integrated Pest Management for the Home Gardener
FREE WORKSHOP
Saturday June 15th 12-1:30pm
I.P.M. is a multi-faceted approach to managing pests and disease which was developed to improve economic outcomes for farmers but has rapidly been assimilated into organic farming practices and is recommended by environmentalists to mitigate species loss and to promote healthy ecologies.   Certain aspects of I.P.M. translate well into our backyard gardening culture.  I.P.M. for the home gardener is an overview of Integrated Pest Management Practices for everyday life.

Unusual Edibles
FREE WORKSHOP
Saturday June 8th 12-1pm
Want to learn how to make your own Matte? Can’t tell the difference between Yacon and Sunchokes?  No clue what a gooseberry is?  Heard a gardener say ‘Hoja Santa’ and thought he was talking about Santa’s rolling papers?   No need to remain ignorant, come on down to Ploughshares and meet some unusual edibles you can grow right here in the East Bay.  If you don’t find something exotic you want to take home, at least you will sound really amazing when next you talk gardening with the neighbors.

May 2019

Pollinator Plant Sale
May 25th 10am-5pm

Over fifty species will be on SALE 20% off regular price to benefit pollinator populations.  Poppies, Lilac, Kangaroo Paws, Rosemary, Dill, Anise, Native Sages, African Sages, South American Sages, Aloe, Sedum and many, many more. Fill your garden with plants friendly to bees, butterflies and birds.
Mediterranean Plants for Pollinators
FREE WORKSHOP
May 18th 12-1:00 pm
For pollinator populations in crisis our debate over ‘native vs non-native’  might resolve itself too late or end in paralysis.  At noon on May 18th we will discuss which non-native plants benefit pollinator species such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Native Plants for Pollinators
FREE WORKSHOP
May 11th 12-1:00 pm
Join us May 11th from 12-1pm for a discussion and tour of native plants which benefit pollinator populations .  This is a free workshop at 2701 Main St. Alameda CA. Ploughshares Nursery.

MAY 25TH POLLINATOR PLANT SALE ALL DAY!

April 2019
How to Grow Awesome Tomatoes
FREE WORKSHOP
 April 27th 12-1:30pm
Once again we boldly explore the frontier of Tomato Growing!
Learn how to grow fat juicy sweet tomatoes and a bit about the history and current political situation concerning everyone’s favorite berry.

Vegetable Gardening Basics
FREE WORKSHOP
April 13th 12-1pm
Proper planting, companion planting,  seasonally appropriate crops and crop rotation demonstrated and discussed followed by question and answer session.

How to Grow Plants from Cutting and Seed
FREE WORKSHOP

April 6th 12-1:00pm
Propagation from seed and cuttings will be demonstrated and discussed in this quick free gardening workshop.

March 2019
How to Grow Awesome Tomatoes
FREE WORKSHOP
March 30th 12-1:30pm
Once again we boldly explore the frontier of Tomato Growing!
Learn how to grow fat juicy sweet tomatoes and a bit about the history and current political situation concerning everyone’s favorite berry.

Garden Tiers
FREE WORKSHOP
March 23rd 12-1:30pm
The hanging gardens of Babylon won’t be eclipsed by the Ploughshares version of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but do join us for this free workshop and get hands-on experience planting on steep slopes, learn what plants to use and how to maintain the plants you install in steep spaces.

Great Soil, Great Gardens
FREE WORKSHOP
March 16th 12-1:30pm
How far do you want to go down the Rabbit Hole of Soil Science? Come learn the basics about improving garden soil and stay for a more in-depth discussion of key soil concepts and issues facing our food production and metropolitan regions.

Small Space Food Gardening
FREE WORKSHOP
March 9th 12-2pm

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Learn how to get the most from your small-space food garden. Drawing on her many years of Bay Area gardening experience, Pam Peirce will share information on year-round garden planning, choosing the best crops and varieties for a small garden, growing edible flowers, planting flowers to attract beneficial insects, and avoiding many of the most common garden pests. Beginner or experienced gardener, you will find plenty of helpful information here. Useful handouts, including one on growing food in containers, included.

Pam Peirce is a San Francisco-based gardener, author, photographer, and lecturer. Her classic regional gardening book, Golden Gate Gardening, is in its third edition, which includes four planting calendars, covering micro-climates from the coast inland as far as Walnut Creek or San Jose. Pam taught horticulture at City College of San Francisco for nearly 30 years and her garden column appears monthly in the San Francisco Chronicle.

February 2019

Plants on the Roof
FREE WORKSHOP
February 23rd 12-1:30pm
Join nursery manager Jeff Bridge for a discussion about and demonstration of planting on roof-top environments.   Attendees will participate in planting and maintaining Ploughshare’s own living roof followed by discussion of container gardening on roof-tops and vertical gardening in general.

Native Plants for Spring
FREE WORKSHOP
February 16th 12-1:30pm
Explore the many wonderful native plants which thrive in our moderate marine influenced Bay Area micro-climates.  Learn how to properly install them and take care of them throughout the year.

Succulents in Containers
FREE WORKSHOP
February 9th 12-1:30pm
Agaves from the America’s, Aloes from Africa and all the myriad wonderful Aeoniums from Madagascar!  Learn how to plant them in containers to create beautiful succulent gardens.

Pruning for Aesthetic and Practical Purposes
FREE WORKSHOP
February 2nd 12-1:30pm
Learn how to prune ornamental and fruit bearing trees to improve appearance, productivity and health.

January 2019

Fruit Tree Pruning and Care
with Jeremy Watts
January 26th 12-1:30

 We can increase the production, appearance, and overall health of our fruit trees with dormant-season pruning.   Learn how and when to cut back your trees for optimum production, as well as the basics of planting, pest management, tool maintenance, and grafting for diversity and season extension.  Participants will have a chance at hands-on experience to try out their new pruning skills!

Wild Birds of Alameda
Free Workshop

January 19th 12noon-1:30
Wondering why there are so many birds on the bay shore now? And what are all those birds with the long legs? What’s that bird with the yellow rump that wasn’t here last month?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more. Join Linda Carloni for a presentation on the wild birds that share our island. We’ll discuss the seasonality of Alameda’s birds, what birds are here now,
Alameda’s endangered and threatened species, and easy things to do to make life a bit easier for our avian neighbors.
Linda is the President of the Board of Golden Gate Audubon Society, co-chair of the Friends of the Wildlife Reserve and an enthusiastic birder.

December 2018

How to Arrange and Care for Potted Succulents as Gifts for the Holidays
Fee-based Workshop $15.00
December 1st, 8th and the 15th    12-1:30 pm
What better gift for the plant-lover friend or family who loves succulents, than a personally picked and planted container of succulents!  Join Bonnie Howard for a hands-on workshop where you will pick a pot and succulents to plant and create your very own mini-succulent container garden!  Fee covers all materials.

November 2018

Wild Birds of Alameda  CANCELLED BECAUSE OF AIR QUALITY
(free presentation)

Saturday November 17 from 12-1:30 pm


The ‘Which’, ‘How’ and ‘What’ of Edible Gardening for Fall and Winter CANCELLED BECAUSE OF AIR QUALITY
FREE(ish) Workshop

November 2,9,16 and 30th 12-1:30pm

How to Arrange and Care for Potted Succulents as Gifts for the Holidays
Fee-based Workshop $15.00
November 10th from 12-1:30 pm
What better gift for the plant lover friend or family who loves succulents, than a personally picked and planted container of succulents!  Join Bonnie Howard for a hands-on workshop where you will pick a pot and succulents to plant and finally create your very own artistic succulent container garden!  Fee covers all materials.

October 2018

Native Plant Workshops All Month
(October is the Perfect Time to Plant Natives) 
October 5, 12, 14 and 26th

12 noon to 1:30 pm

Fall is the right time to install native plants in the garden.  Native plants use less water and and support local ecologies of animals and insects we depend upon for a healthy environment and food production.  Native plant gardens celebrate a unique California heritage featuring species which have histories of thousands of years of use by native people.   Native plants are declining state-wide and you can participate in keeping awareness of this decline in the public eye by displaying native plants in your garden and discussing their essential roles with neighbors, family and friends.

Come to Ploughshares this October to learn about native plants, how to install and maintain them and learn how native plants benefit our communities.

September 2018

Build a Vertical Garden
Saturday September 22nd
12 to 2pm

Got a wall, got a fence, got a narrow place where a vertical garden could beautify or provide food?  ‘Vertical Garden’ that spot with simple components anyone can put together using a power drill, a saw and a pleasant hour or two crafting in the backyard.  Join Ploughshare’s  Jeff Bridge for a hands-on workshop all about building a vertical garden unit.
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Ploughshares Nursery Harvest Festival and Plant Sale
September 8th
10am to 5pm
40% OFF ALL PLANTS
Educational Petting Zoo
Bees, bees, and a bee guy!
Rescue aviary.. Adopt a Dove
13 CATS
Free Range Chickens
Live Music
Alameda Backyard Growers
Stop Waste .org
Wild Oyster Project

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Build a Vertical Garden
Thursday September 6th
10am to 1pm

Got a wall, got a fence, got a narrow place where a vertical garden could beautify or provide food?  ‘Vertical Garden’ that spot with simple components anyone can put together using a power drill, a saw and a pleasant hour or two crafting in the backyard.  Join Ploughshare’s  Jeff Bridge for a hands-on workshop all about building a vertical garden unit.

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July 2018

 Ploughshares at the Alameda Mini-Maker Faire
July 8th
Ploughshares will show off our Vertical Edible Gardens and help kids make seed bombs.
Why? Because seed bombs!

What is Maker Faire?
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.
We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Glimpse the future and get inspired!

 

June 2018

Flower Power
(how to create beautiful container gardens)
Saturday June 30th 12-1:30 p.m.

Get a hands-on lesson in planting up beautiful pots and bowls and bring home some of that ‘Flower Power’ to enhance the summer garden experience.   Nobody knows ‘container planting’ like our very own Bonnie Howard and you will come away with all you need to know to create and maintain container gardens full of blooming goodness!  Bring some gloves and a garden hat for this free workshop!

Choosing Natives to Benefit Pollinators
  Saturday June 9th 12-1:30pm

Ploughshare’s Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge will discuss which native plants best serve our native bees, hummingbirds and butterflies and why choosing natives to feed pollinator populations is better than choosing non-natives.  This is a free workshop.

May 2018
Alameda Chicken Coup Tour
Sunday May 6th 1-4pm

Ploughshare’s famous free ranging chicken ladies are eager to meet and greet the Alameda Chicken Coup Tour people visiting us May 6th!  We will have refreshments out and lots of chicken related garden information to dispense.    To learn more visit the Alameda Chickens website!

Choosing Natives to Benefit Pollinators
Saturday May 5th 12-1:30

Ploughshare’s Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge will discuss which native plants best serve our native bees, hummingbirds and butterflies and why choosing natives to feed pollinator populations is better than choosing non-natives.

 

April 2018

Gardening Question and Answer Session
Saturday April 28th
12pm to 1:30 pm
Bugs bothering you?  Worried about the quality of your soil?  Not sure how to properly plant that potted nursery plant you just purchased?  Something looks diseased?
Wondering how to prune something or if you even should?  Well then, bring all your bugs, blighted plants, samples of soil, photographs of your yard/trees/bushes and whatever questions have been troubling your sleep for a ‘Question and Answer’ session with Ploughshare’s Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge.  All we ask is that you put samples of potentially diseased or infested plant material in plastic baggies before the class.   There are no stupid questions and sometimes  the simplest questions (like how much should I water?) have surprisingly complex answers.  We will do our best to offer solutions to your garden conundrums in the time allotted.

FREE SOIL LEAD TESTS
Saturday April 21st
10am to 3pm
(EVENT HELD OFFSITE, SEE BELOW)

Join Ploughshares Nursery and Alameda County Healthy Homes on April 21st 10am to 3pm at Washington Park
(740 Central Avenue, Alameda CA) to celebrate Earth Day by getting your soil tested for dangerous lead contamination!
Also bring your gardening questions for Ploughshares Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge to answer~!
Click here to learn more.

Gardening Question and Answer Session
Saturday April 7th
12-1:30pm
“Give me your tired trees, your poor straggling vegetables, your huddled masses of bugs yearning to breathe free.”
No it’s not the saying on the plaque of the Statue of Liberty!  It’s an opportunity to bring all your garden questions to Ploughshares
for an hour and a half of answers!  Got bugs?  Got dying plants?  Not sure how to water your new plants?  Whatever your questions, we will do our best to answer them
in the time allotted.  Do bring lots of pictures, lots of samples, buckets of soil but please put plants with suspect infestation or disease in plastic baggies.
Come on down and maybe we can sleuth out your gardening conundrum!

March 2018

Growing Awesome Tomatoes

Saturday March 24th
12 to 1:30pm
A quick two-part workshop with nursery manager Jeff Bridge.
Part 1
Learn how to provide perfect growing conditions for tomatoes followed by a mini-lecture about the history of this exotic berry.
Part 2
Question and answer session answering all your tomato conundrums.
Great Gardens & Great Soil
12-1:30
Saturday March 10th at Ploughshares Nursery
GREAT GARDENS & GREAT SOIL go together.
The key to successful gardening, the one thing all plants are dependent on is healthy living soil.   Join Kerri Kemp Gardner Saturday March 11th, 12:00 Noon at Ploughshares Nursery ( 2701 Main St. Alameda CA) for a discussion about what constitutes healthy soil and how you can make your garden soil better.   Kerri is a long-time employee of Kellogg’s Garden Products and Ploughshares offers Gardner and Bloome OMRI certified organic soil and soil amendments from that worthy company.  Attendees will receive 15% off soil purchases on March 11th.   Come learn about healthy soil and save some $ too.

February  2018
Gardening 101  Edible Gardening Basics
12 -1:30 pm
Saturday February 24th at Ploughshares Nursery

2701 Main St. Alameda CA.  FREE WORKSHOP
Learn how to grow edible plants from seed  with Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery.  In this hands-on workshop we will be demonstrating techniques and best practices so grab your gardening gloves! Jeff will discuss choosing soil, watering your plants, how to avoid common mistakes, and the basics of fertilization. Bring your questions and garden conundrums for Jeff to answer after the demonstration. Gardening is fun and interesting. Come away with everything you need to start your own small garden!

Gardening 101 AT THE OAKLAND PLANT EXCHANGE
Get a ticket HERE
Saturday, February 10 at 2 PM – 4 PM

4500 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, 94602

Learn how to grow edible and ornamental plants from seed and cuttings with Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery.  In this hands-on workshop we will be demonstrating techniques and best practices so grab your gardening gloves! Jeff will discuss choosing soil, watering your plants, how to avoid common mistakes, and the basics of fertilization. Bring your questions and garden conundrums for Jeff to answer after the demonstration. Gardening is fun and interesting. Come away with everything you need to start your own small garden!

January 2018

Fruit Tree Pruning with Jeremy Watts
January 28th 2018 12-1:30pm
at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA 94501
510 755 1102
Fruit Tree Pruning with Jeremy Watts
We can increase production, improve appearance, and insure overall health of our fruit trees with dormant-season pruning. Learn how and when to cut back your trees for maximum food production, as well as the basics of water-retention, pest management and tool maintenance.

Jeremy is the founder of Edible Ecology, a permaculture-based landscaping company in the East Bay.
He has studied fruit tree care extensively and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.
Learn more about Edible Ecology at edibleecology.net

 November 2017

All About Citrus in 30 Minutes
November 14th 7 to 8pm
at Rythmix Cultural Center 
2513 Blanding Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

Join up with Alameda’s best gardening community for a quick talk about Citrus plants and an update on Huanglongbing.

October 2017

‘Air Plants For the Holiday Season’
Saturday October 21st 12-1:30 pm
Tillandsias or ‘Air Plants’ require no soil, offer exotic blooms and can be grown inside or outdoors.  Come to Ploughshares Nursery and learn how to create and care for your very own Air Plant Terrarium (or is that Airium?).  Attendees will receive an air plant, a globe to display it with and all the moss, twigs and floral hoo-haw needed to design an awesome gift for the holiday season.  With a few tips it’s a snap!  This workshop costs $12.00 and space is limited to fifteen, so email  jbridge@apcollaborative.org  to reserve a spot.


‘Edible Gardening in the Cool Season’
Saturday October 7th, 12-2pm
Join Ploughshares staff to learn how to grow edible plants in the cool months of the year.  Topics will include; plant selection, soil preparation, cover crops, winter specific fertilizers and how to protect next springs crops from pest and disease.   Attendees will receive 50% off vegetable starts and soil products!  Is that cool?  Cool like the Fonz!
fonzie
This is a free workshop but space is limited ,  email  jbridge@apcollaborative.org   to reserve a spot!

September 2017


‘Harvest Festival and Sale’
Saturday September 9th, 12 to 5pm
Do you love plants and animals?  Visit Ploughshares Nursery Saturday September 9th 2017 and explore with the Little Explorers Petting Zoo.  We’ll have over 25 animals including an alpaca, a pot belly pig, a large tortoise, goats and sheep, chickens, ducks, and bunnies.  In addition to the petting zoo you’ll be able visit the Palomacy rescue aviary, the birds are so adorable you might consider adopting one yourself!

If that wasn’t enough fun we will also have fresh honey from Alameda Point Collaborative’s Farm2Market.  All our plants and pottery will be On Sale for the Ploughshares Nursery 2017 Harvest Festival.

ALL PLANTS, POTTERY and SOIL 40% OFF

August 2017

‘Integrated Pest Management for the Home Gardener’
Saturday August 19th, 12 to 1:30 pm

Integrated Pest Management or ‘I.P.M’ is an ecosystem based method for controlling pest insects and other problem animals, reducing infestation and damage caused by infestation via careful scrutiny of plants and the garden environment followed by application of methodology which emphasizes environmentally benign solutions over application of disruptive and powerful chemicals.  Join Ploughshare’s General Manager Jeff Bridge for a discussion of how I.P.M. works and how to incorporate it into your gardening acumen to avoid pests running amok and reduce health and monetary costs associated with over use of garden chemicals.

July 2017

‘Butterfly Release Party’
Wednesday July 26th at 1p.m.
Bring your kids to help us release butterflies into the garden.
Refreshments will be served and questions about butterflies and plants which benefit them will be answered!


‘Unusual Edibles’
Saturday July 22nd 6p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Join Ploughshare’s Nursery Manager Jeff Bridge and the members of Alameda Backyard Growers for a tour and discussion of the more ‘unusual edibles’ we offer for East Bay gardeners.

‘Habitat Gardening to Promote Pollinator Populations’
Saturday July 15th at 12 noon.
Learn how and what to plant to create gardens which benefit and support endangered bee populations as well as hummingbirds and other beneficial animals.   Got milkweed?

June 2017

‘Sage Advice
Saturday June 24th 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sages represent some of the most attractive, drought tolerant yet least understood plants …. misconceptions about them abound.  Not all sages are created equal and there are some which prefer growing conditions which challenge our expectations.    Join Ploughshare’s staff for an introduction to different species of sage and how to best use them in the garden.  Sage advice indeed!

May 2017

‘Intermediate Container Gardening’
Saturday May 27th, 12pm to 1:30pm
Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA
Learn the  nuances of caring for established edible and ornamental container gardens
FREE workshop no registration required

‘All About Seeds’
Tuesday  May 16 6pm to 7:30 pm at the Alameda Free Library
1550 Oak St, Alameda, CA 94501
Seeds Flyer

‘Planting for Success’
Saturday May 13th, 12pm to 1:30pm
Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA
Learn how to properly plant and care for large specimen fruit trees and ornamental plants.
FREE workshop no registration required

April 2017

‘Compost 101’
Saturday April 22nd, 12pm to 1:30pm
Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA
Learn how to dry compost and worm compost
FREE workshop no registration required

‘Grow Awesome Tomatoes’
Saturday April 8th, 12pm to 1:30pm
Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA
Learn how to grow awesome tomatoes in a cool marine influenced climate like the Bay Area’s.
FREE workshop no registration required

March 2017

‘Hugelkultur Building Workshop’
Sunday March 19th
12-3pm at Ploughshares Nursery
2701 Main St. Alameda CA
510 755 1102
Tickets are $5.00

Do you ever feel ridiculous paying to have your tree trimmings hauled away?  Learn to instead put them to good use in your garden.   Hugelkulture (literally “mound culture” in German) is a time-tested method of using discarded plant debris to build raised beds.   The benefits are numerous: soil building, water-retention, slow-release of nutrients, easier fruit tree picking, microclimate diversification, extended square footage of garden space, ease of tending, ..the list goes on! 
This will be a hands-on workshop, so be prepared to get dirty!   We will cover the do’s and don’t’s of the practice, as well as share some info on design principles and materials sourcing.   We will then build and plant a hugel garden and tie it into a rainwater catchment system.    This particular style of hugelkultur is an adaptation to our drought-susceptible climate.
The course will be led by Jeremy Watts, owner of Edible Ecology, an east-bay landscape design & build company.   Jeremy is a practitioner and teacher of regenerative land design and has studied with some of the world’s foremost designers.   He enjoys empowering others to become more self-sufficient and create resilient communities. 

‘Year Round Vegetable Gardening A to Z’
Saturday March 18th, 12pm to 1:30pm
Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA
Learn how to grow and maintain a vegetable garden Spring through Winter
FREE workshop no registration required

‘How to Grow from Seeds and Cuttings’
Saturday March 4th, 12pm to 1:30 pm
Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA
Learn how to grow plants successfully from seed and vegetative cuttings
FREE workshop no registration required

February 2017

‘How to Prune Fruit Trees’
Saturday February 18, 12pm to 1:30pm
Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA
Learn how to prune and care for fruit trees.
FREE workshop no registration required

‘Gardening 101: Everything You Need to Know As A Beginning Gardener’
February 11th 2-4pm at:
Ability Now Bay Area
4500 Lincoln Ave
Oakland, CA 94602
Learn how to grow edible and ornamental plants from seed and cuttings with Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery.  This is a hands-on workshop where we will be demonstrating techniques and best practices so grab your gardening gloves! Jeff will discuss choosing soil, watering your plants, how to avoid common mistakes, and the basics of fertilization. Bring your questions and garden conundrums for Jeff to answer after the demonstration. Gardening is fun and interesting. Come away with everything you need to start your own small garden!

January 2017

‘How to Select and Plant Bare Root Trees’
Saturday January 21st at 12:00 noon, Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main St. Alameda CA
Bare root trees are sold without soil and require special care to be successful, but you can save a lot of money when you plant them! Join Ploughshare’s Jeff Bridge for a demonstration of proper planting technique and overview of bare root tree special needs.  This is a free workshop and you’ll leave wondering why you never purchased bare root before!

November 2016

Prepping Soil for Spring Success
7p.m. November 15th at Rythmix Cultural Works
Join Ploughshare’s staff at Rythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501) November 15th at 7pm for a workshop about prepping soil for Spring success;  soil amendments and techniques will be demonstrated to a meeting of Alameda Backyard Growers.  Are you growing food in Alameda?  Have you considered joining Alameda Backyard Growers?  November 15th is your chance to meet fellow Alameda Gardeners and learn how to prepare soil now, for success next growing season!

October 2016

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

Join Ploughshare’s 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 StopWaste.org
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 Stopwaste.org,  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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