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.

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



 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  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!
This is a free workshop but space is limited ,  email   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.


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
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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