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Take Time for Afternoon Tea on Saturday, April 26

Join Hollie Lucas-Alcalay of Hollie’s Homegrown at the Lafayette Community Garden on April 26 for an afternoon of tea. The owner of Hollie’s Homegrown in Moraga has made her own herb farm into a thriving business and will share with us her expertise and passion for herbs. From 1:00pm to 4:00pm, you, too, can learn how to grow, harvest, store and make teas using what is growing in your own garden.

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Growing Herbs For Teas is a special fundraising event and $40 donation/materials fee is requested. So, gather your friends, dress up or down, but, most of all, come and enjoy tea (and biscuits) fresh from the Lafayette Community Garden.

Click here to register.

Join us this Saturday for some “Cluck, Cluck, Cluck” Chicken Fun!

Eggs are an age-old symbol of springtime and renewal.

Join us at the Lafayette Community Garden April 5, 2014  from 11:30am to 12:30pm for an “EGGstravaganza!”

Stop by the garden to listen to Lafayette Library children’s librarian Ann Miller tell stories of chickens and eggs. Stay for egg decorating and crafts. See how many eggs you can find on an egg hunt around the garden. Visit our hen house for some old-fashioned “cluck, cluck, cluck” Chicken Fun!

Sign up here.

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

This is a collaboration between the Lafayette Library and the Lafayette Community Garden.

Take a Natural and Cultural History Walk with Doc Hale This Sunday

On Sunday, April 6 from 9:30am to 2:00pm, celebrate Spring at this Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center-sponsored fundraising walk.

James (Doc) M. Hale, pictured, is an expert on the natural and cultural history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

James (Doc) M. Hale, pictured, is an expert on the natural and cultural history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Explore Mount Diablo with new eyes on this natural and cultural history walk with local wildlife biologist and naturalist Doc Hale, as he interprets the fire ecology of the recent Clayton Burn, wildlife, geology, wildflowers, and the material culture of the Native Americans, their useful, edible, and medicinal plants. We will visit bedrock milling stations, as well as a village site and pictograph site.

Hiking level is easy. Bring lunch and liquids. We will carpool from the garden at 8:30am or meet at 9:30am at the John Muir Picnic Area just below the summit of Mount Diablo.

Register here.

Cost: $10/individual; $20/family tax-deductible donation to Lafayette Community Garden to support our education programs.*

*A park entrance fee applies at both the north and south entrances, and is separate from the cost of the class.

Big Gardens in Small Spaces This Sunday

Do you want to plant a garden, but feel overwhelmed? Or perhaps you are a seasoned gardener who is looking for new ideas to optimize your growing space.

Join us at the Lafayette Community Garden this Sunday from 3:00 to 4:30pm  to learn more about creating big gardens in small spaces.

Lori Caldwell, certified Master Gardener and Master Composter, will discuss the possibilities that containers can offer us to make an impact in a small space.

Ms Caldwell will also discuss the topics of maintaining soil fertility, best plants for container gardens, watering and crop rotation.

It’s a great way to start a garden or add on to maximize your existing garden possibilities.

Sign up for Big Gardens in Small Places: Container Gardening here.

Growing Herbs for Teas!

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Join us for a unique fundraising event on Saturday April 26, 2014. For more information go Hollie’s Homegrown. To register, go here.
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Vermicomposting?

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Vermicomposting (Worms!) & Bin Building Workshop
Saturday, April 5th, 10-12pm
Heather Farm Community Center, Walnut Creek
Instructor: Linda Mizes
Registration Form must be submitted by March 28th: http://www.wastediversion.org/app_pages/view/1723
$20.00 Registration Fee
20 household max capacity
CCCSWA Residents Only: Walnut Creek, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Danville, Alamo, Blackhawk and Diablo.

“Mow no Mo’!” or “How to remove your lawn”

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Are you tired of mowing and edging your lawn, or for paying to have that done for you? Wouldn’t it be great to save money on your water bill? Wish you could quit with the herbicides? Would you like to have a beautiful, water-conserving garden that attracts wildlife? If so, “Mow no Mo!” is the workshop for you.

$30. Limit 30 participants.
Saturday, March 29, 10:00 – 3:00 Lafayette

In this hands-on workshop you’ll get information on how to remove your lawn, select native plants, and design a water-conserving, pesticide-free garden that attracts wildlife. Most importantly, you’ll have the hands-on experience of sheet-mulching a lawn, and you’ll depart confident that you can do this at home.

We’ll meet at a Lafayette garden that currently has a lawn, but won’t when we are through with it! If you have them, bring a labeled long-handled shovel and rake, and gardening gloves, as we will be sheet mulching—cutting back turf, shoveling compost, laying cardboard, and spreading woodchips. We’ll work here until everyone has had a chance to try everything.

Bring a lunch to enjoy while you get your sheet-mulching questions answered. We’ll talk about how to select native plants and where to purchase them, provide you with a list of sheet-mulching resources, and let you know how you can get rebates from your local water district for removing your lawn. You’ll leave this workshop ready to sheet-mulch your own lawn away! To register go here.

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