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Gardening education at the library

Here are some upcoming events for beginning gardeners:

Growing Readers Gardening Workshops for children, Thursdays, June 20 thru Aug 8, 3-4pm, Main Library, Children’s Room.  

Young people earn about soil, seeds, bugs, weeds, plus get an introduction to urban farming and container gardening

For more info: Helen Bloch, Librarian II, or 238-3615


Learn the Art of Seeding with Jonathan Silverman, Saturday, June 22, 11am, Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Ave. 

You will learn how seeds work, best ways to plant seeds, how to care for your seedlings, and begin to cultivate fresh produce or blossoms.

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Neighborhood Plant Exchange

Free Neighborhood Plant Exchange3811 Lakeshore Map
Saturday, October 15, Noon-4 pm
3811 Lakeshore Avenue

All types of plants are welcome, from cuttings up to full size. Garden accessories and accents welcome. A great way to meet new neighbors and foster community spirit. For details call (510) 866-8482 or visit

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Protect Oakland’s Watershed With a Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel Sale
Pick Up at Temescal Farmer’s Market, 490 CavourTemescal Farmers Market Map

You can play a key role in protecting Oakland’s watershed. Catch the rain with a discounted rain barrel and be one more household preventing runoff and erosion while saving water for irrigation or other uses.

Purchase a barrel or tank in advance online   at a discount of 50-75%. Then come by the Temescal Farmers Market to pick it up.

The Oakland Watershed & Storm water Management Rain Barrel Program is a three-year initiative to build healthier urban communities by providing reduced cost rain barrels to Oakland residents (As per city grant requirements, purchasers of rain barrels must be Oakland residents) Funding for this project has been provided in full or in part through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board.

Questions? Contact Ingrid Severson at or call (510) 459-0584.    

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