Fall for Plants!
Fall for Plants At-A-Glance
- What: Fall for Plants: an educational workshop and plant sale. Click here to view the workshop program.
- When: September 9, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm.
- Where: Our Garden, Walnut Creek (location & directions).
- Who: all are welcome; bring your sunscreen and gardening enthusiasm!
- Why: to promote & educate County residents on sustainable gardening practices.
Fall for Plants FAQs
- Do I need to pre-register? Pre-registration was optional, but is now closed.
- Will there be any freebies? We'll have 1000s of free burlap bags to give away, useful for composting and mulching.
- Where do I park? Street parking in the area is plentiful.
- Will I get thirsty? Nah...we'll have free lemonade to help keep you cool and hydrated. Hungry? Bring a snack or head to nearby eateries.
- What about restrooms? They are available at the adjacent Civic Arts building.
- What plants will you have for sale? Click here to find out!
- What will plants and other items cost? Prices will range from $1.00 to $7.00. See below for more information.
- How can I pay for my plants? Cash or check only, please.
- How will I lug my plants? If you intend to shop while at the workshop, we recommend you bring your own box, wagon or cart.
- Can you remind me? You bet! Click here to set a reminder...
2017 FALL FOR PLANTS Workshop & Plant Sale
Fall is ideal for planting! Our third annual (free!) Workshop & Plant Sale, Fall For Plants, was held on September 9, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm, and we hope you were able to join us!
The workshop featured knowledgeable speakers throughout the day emphasizing sustainable horticultural practices designed to help you develop and refine your personal gardening skill set, including:
- Composting with Kitchen Scraps
- Harvest: How to Create and Utilize Your Own Beautiful Edible Garden
- Native Bees – What Are They and Why Should You Care?
- UC Master Gardeners’ Favorite Plant Picks – From Our Garden to Yours
- Drip – Not Just a Four-Letter Word!
- EBMUD Water Conservation Programs & Initiatives for Homeowners
Check out the Program page for more information, times and speaker bios.
We also had experts on hand to help with specific interests. Attendees could:
- Consult with one of our experts at the Ask a Master Gardener table about your unique gardening questions and problems, including pest, disease, and cultural issues.
- Visit with East Bay MUD and Contra Costa Water District reps to learn about their water conservation programs, initiatives and rebates.
- Talk with a RecycleSmart rep to learn about home composting programs and incentives.
- Explore Our Garden, the UC Master Gardeners demonstration garden, and discover gardening best practices.
Plants for Sale
Did you know? Fall is considered the ideal time to plant most ornamentals here in California. The soil temperature is warm but not hot, and winter rains will sustain and promote root growth into spring, giving your new plants the strongest possible start.
September is also just the right time to plant winter vegetables. They need lingering heat to get started so they will produce properly into winter.
To accompany the workshop, our UC Master Gardeners in the Contra Costa Program propagated many plants for attendees to consider, including unusual and hard-to-find varieties, plus many old favorites. The ornamentals were chosen by UC Master Gardeners right from their own gardens here in Contra Costa, so they are tried-and-true, locally proven favorites. All our veggie selections were grown from seed.
Attendees were able to select from over 175 plant varieties, 1000s of plants, including:
- perennials and succulents, plus a few ornamental grasses
- climate-friendly shrubs and even some small trees
- winter veggies and culinary herbs
Prices for plants and other items will be:
- $1.00 for seed packets
- $2.00 for veggies and herbs
- $4.00 for 4" ornamentals
- $7.00 for 1 gallon olive trees
- $1.00 for fava bean inoculant
- $5.00 for worm castings
All proceeds from all our fundraisers go to support UC Master Gardener community educational outreach, including our community and school gardens programs, our free Ask A Master Gardener service at Farmers' Markets and other venues, and our year-round gardening Help Desk.
We regret that pre-registration for this event is now closed.