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Flower above: Guaiacum coulteri, photo credit: Janet Rademacher

Events:

Wednesday, September 17th
Year Round Color with Drought-Tolerant California Native Plants
Learn how to select and group plants with varying bloom times so your garden is never without color. You’ll enjoy it and so will the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds! See how to choose different plant forms and include beautiful bark, berry, and seed producing species for maximum interest all year long. Cayce Hill has been growing California natives since she moved to San Jose in 2008. She works as a professional gardener.

Saturday, September 20th
Basic Composting Workshop
Turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into a wonderful soil amendment. Green waste and worm composting will be covered. The Soil Saver compost bin ($50) and Wriggly Wranch worm bin ($50) will be available for sale to San Jose residents. The Earth Machine compost bin ($55) and worm bin ($13) and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.

Saturday, September 20th
Native Horticultural Symposium 2014
As the continuing drought shrinks our water supply, people are searching for ways to conserve water. Landscaping with California native plants is a proven technique for creating low-water use landscapes. Learn how at the Native Horticultural Symposium “Saving Water, Creating Beauty with CA Native Plants”.

Saturday, September 20th
How to Start a Fall Vegtable Gardem
Celebrate the season and plant a vegetable garden! Bring beautiful diversity to your garden with a variety of vegetables. Learn how to grow vegetables in raised beds and in your yard. Special attention will be paid to planning for a year-round harvest, coordinating the garden and your kitchen, finding the easiest crops to grow, including those that will produce with limited sun. You will also be treated to a rare tour of Jesse Cool’s garden. Taught by Drew Harwell, who is an edible-garden consultant, the Manager of Jesse Cool’s Seeds of Change Garden and the former Common Ground Garden Manager.

Saturday, September 20th
Summer U-Pick Produce
Come on over and buy the freshest produce in town at our U-Pick days starting Saturday July 12. We have one-of-a-kind heirloom varieties of tomatoes, peppers, basil, and cucumber.

Saturday, September 20th
Fruit Picking
What's more fun than picking fruit? We'll be picking fruit in downtown San Jose to donate to local food programs.

Sunday, September 21st
Garden Share
Come to an Old-Fashioned Garden Share. Bring your over-abundance of vegetables, grains, flowers, and herbs to share with your neighbors, then take some home that you don’t have growing! The Garden Shares are scheduled for the second Sunday of the month except for September and December, which will be on the 3rd Sunday. Brought to you by Transition Palo Alto and Common Ground!

Sunday, September 21st
Sharing Expo
People share their skills, such as solar dehydrating,knife sharpening, building biochar ovens, and bicycle repairing. Bring homemade food, books, clothes, toy sand more to share. Mostly, meet your neighbors and share yourself—we are building a strong and resilient community. Brought to you by Transition Palo Alto and Common Ground!

Tuesday, September 23rd
California Fuchsias for Fall Color and Hummingbirds
Birds, especially hummingbirds, make a garden truly come alive. Our California hummers, in particular, are independent spirits, but if you provide what they need – food, water, shelter, and nesting spaces – they will return to your urban garden again and again. California fuchsias are one of the hummingbirds’ favorite nectar plants. Toby Goldberg is the Programs Coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley chapter of The Audubon Society. Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect.

Saturday, September 27th
Basic Composting Workshop
Turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into a wonderful soil amendment. Green waste and worm composting will be covered. The Earth Machine compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.

Saturday, September 27th
Bee-autiful Gardens
From the White House to our local communities, there is a growing concern for the health and well-being of our honey bee populations, which pollinate one-third of the crops we depend on. Learn tips and techniques that will help you transform your garden into a safe oasis for honeybees, native bees, birds and other pollinators. Brought to you by the City of Palo Alto Watershed Protection, Our Water Our World Program and Common Ground Garden Center. Taught by Teresa Lavell, who is a certified Integrated Pest Management Advocate and bee enthusiast.

Saturday, September 27th
Summer U-Pick Produce
Come on over and buy the freshest produce in town at our U-Pick days starting Saturday July 12. We have one-of-a-kind heirloom varieties of tomatoes, peppers, basil, and cucumber.

Saturday, September 27th
Fruit Picking
What's more fun than picking fruit? We'll be picking fruit in downtown San Jose to donate to local food programs.

Funding Agencies

Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program

Recycling & Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County


Participating Agencies

City of Cupertino

City of Los Altos

Town of Los Altos Hills

City of Milpitas

City of Mountain View

City of Palo Alto

City of San Jose

City of Santa Clara

Santa Clara County

Santa Clara Valley Water District

City of Sunnyvale

West Valley Communities (Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga)

Date:

2014-09-20


Hours:

10:00 - Noon


Location:

Emma Prusch Farm Park, Meeting Hall, 647 S. King Road, San Jose


Cost:

Free


Description:

Turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into a wonderful soil amendment. Green waste and worm composting will be covered. The Soil Saver compost bin ($50) and Wriggly Wranch worm bin ($50) will be available for sale to San Jose residents. The Earth Machine compost bin ($55) and worm bin ($13) and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.


Phone:

408 918-4640


Event Sponsor:

Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County


Click to Register


Comments:

Registration is required. Space is limited. Adults only please.


Date:

2014-09-27


Hours:

10:00 - Noon


Location:

Centennial Recreation Center Activity Room, 171 W. Edmundson Avenue, Morgan Hill


Cost:

Free


Description:

Turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into a wonderful soil amendment. Green waste and worm composting will be covered. The Earth Machine compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale. Residents are welcome to attend any workshop anywhere in the County.


Phone:

408 918-4640


Event Sponsor:

Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County


Click to Register


Comments:

Registration is required. Space is limited. Adults only please.


Date:

2014-09-20


Hours:

9:00a to 5:00p


Location:

Foothill College 12345 El Monte Rd. Los Altos Hills, CA 94022


Cost:

$90,$80 CNPS members and $55students.


Description:

As the continuing drought shrinks our water supply, people are searching for ways to conserve water. Landscaping with California native plants is a proven technique for creating low-water use landscapes. Learn how at the Native Horticultural Symposium “Saving Water, Creating Beauty with CA Native Plants”.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

CNPS


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Comments:


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Date:

2014-09-17


Hours:

7:00 pm–8:30 pm


Location:

Morgan Hill Library


Cost:

Free


Description:

Learn how to select and group plants with varying bloom times so your garden is never without color. You’ll enjoy it and so will the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds! See how to choose different plant forms and include beautiful bark, berry, and seed producing species for maximum interest all year long. Cayce Hill has been growing California natives since she moved to San Jose in 2008. She works as a professional gardener.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

CNPS


Comments:


Date:

2014-09-23


Hours:

7:00 pm–8:30 pm


Location:

Saratoga Library 13650 Saratoga Ave. Saratoga, CA 95071


Cost:

Free


Description:

Birds, especially hummingbirds, make a garden truly come alive. Our California hummers, in particular, are independent spirits, but if you provide what they need – food, water, shelter, and nesting spaces – they will return to your urban garden again and again. California fuchsias are one of the hummingbirds’ favorite nectar plants. Toby Goldberg is the Programs Coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley chapter of The Audubon Society. Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

CNPS


Comments:


Date:

2014-09-20


Hours:

10:30-1:00


Location:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306


Cost:

$45


Description:

Celebrate the season and plant a vegetable garden! Bring beautiful diversity to your garden with a variety of vegetables. Learn how to grow vegetables in raised beds and in your yard. Special attention will be paid to planning for a year-round harvest, coordinating the garden and your kitchen, finding the easiest crops to grow, including those that will produce with limited sun. You will also be treated to a rare tour of Jesse Cool’s garden. Taught by Drew Harwell, who is an edible-garden consultant, the Manager of Jesse Cool’s Seeds of Change Garden and the former Common Ground Garden Manager.


Phone:

650-493-6072


Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center


Click to Register


Click for Map


Comments:


Click for more information


Date:

2014-09-21


Hours:

11:00-noon


Location:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306


Cost:

FREE


Description:

Come to an Old-Fashioned Garden Share. Bring your over-abundance of vegetables, grains, flowers, and herbs to share with your neighbors, then take some home that you don’t have growing! The Garden Shares are scheduled for the second Sunday of the month except for September and December, which will be on the 3rd Sunday. Brought to you by Transition Palo Alto and Common Ground!


Phone:

650-493-6072


Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center


Click to Register


Click for Map


Comments:


Click for more information


Date:

2014-09-21


Hours:

1:00-3:00


Location:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306


Cost:

FREE


Description:

People share their skills, such as solar dehydrating,knife sharpening, building biochar ovens, and bicycle repairing. Bring homemade food, books, clothes, toy sand more to share. Mostly, meet your neighbors and share yourself—we are building a strong and resilient community. Brought to you by Transition Palo Alto and Common Ground!


Phone:

650-493-6072


Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center


Click for Map


Comments:


Date:

2014-09-27


Hours:

10:30-12:30


Location:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center 559 College Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306


Cost:

FREE


Description:

From the White House to our local communities, there is a growing concern for the health and well-being of our honey bee populations, which pollinate one-third of the crops we depend on. Learn tips and techniques that will help you transform your garden into a safe oasis for honeybees, native bees, birds and other pollinators. Brought to you by the City of Palo Alto Watershed Protection, Our Water Our World Program and Common Ground Garden Center. Taught by Teresa Lavell, who is a certified Integrated Pest Management Advocate and bee enthusiast.


Phone:

650-493-6072


Event Sponsor:

Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center


Click to Register


Click for Map


Comments:


Click for more information


Date:

2014-09-20


Hours:

9am – 1pm


Location:

Garden to Table Farm, 200 W. Taylor St., San Jose


Cost:


Description:

Come on over and buy the freshest produce in town at our U-Pick days starting Saturday July 12. We have one-of-a-kind heirloom varieties of tomatoes, peppers, basil, and cucumber.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

Garden to Table


Click for Map


Comments:


Click for more information


Date:

2014-09-20


Hours:

9:30am – Noon


Location:

Downtown San Jose


Cost:


Description:

What's more fun than picking fruit? We'll be picking fruit in downtown San Jose to donate to local food programs.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

Garden to Table


Click to Register


Comments:

Signing up is easy, just fill out the registration form. After you sign up, we will send you the address and more details.


Click for more information


Date:

2014-09-27


Hours:

9am – 1pm


Location:

Garden to Table Farm, 200 W. Taylor St., San Jose


Cost:


Description:

Come on over and buy the freshest produce in town at our U-Pick days starting Saturday July 12. We have one-of-a-kind heirloom varieties of tomatoes, peppers, basil, and cucumber.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

Garden to Table


Click for Map


Comments:


Click for more information


Date:

2014-09-27


Hours:

9:30am – Noon


Location:

Downtown San Jose


Cost:


Description:

What's more fun than picking fruit? We'll be picking fruit in downtown San Jose to donate to local food programs.


Phone:


Event Sponsor:

Garden to Table


Click to Register


Comments:

Signing up is easy, just fill out the registration form. After you sign up, we will send you the address and more details.


Click for more information