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We Had a Great “Chime”

By Open House

Thanks to Susan Dannenfelser,Kirk Beck, our volunteers and material donators, the Wind Chime Workshop was a success!

We had 21 participants by day’s end, six of whom were helpers, and three of whom were engaged children.20140518-151653-55013179.jpg
All the “smiling faces added to the wonderful energy in the class! Good right brain tickling is also good for the soul!” commented instructor Susan.

Thanks, Susan. As Chris Young said, “We had a lovely chime together.”20140518-151652-55012168.jpg

Make a Little Music on Saturday, May 17

By Open House


Come to the garden Saturday, May 17 for a fun day of making music!

Wind chimes can be made with an exciting mixture of elements. We’ll have fasteners, adhesives, and basic materials, like filament, string, drills, glues, and bamboo. But to make your wind chime uniquely yours, bring items like old keys, bottle caps, earrings, beads, flatware, (smooth) sea glass, and industrial hardware. Just use your imagination!

You’ll have time to make one for yourself and possibly one for the garden. Search the web for inspiration for your music maker!

Join instructor Susan Dannenfelser, local sculptor and garden member, at the Lafayette Community Garden from 2:00PM to 5:00PM to discover your inner artist.

For more inspiration, visit Susan Dannenfelser at

Kids 10 and under, please bring your own adult.

Sign up here.

Lamorinda Lunch ’n Learn: Habitats for Humanity

By Open House

The Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda Parks and Recreation Departments are offering a three-part series on backyard habitat gardening. Attend one class or all three! Everyone from the basic to the advanced gardener will learn something new.

Linda Mizes is an Orinda resident, Contra Costa Master Gardener, certified Master Composter and instructor who provides workshops throughout the county. Lecture/Q & A begins at 10:30 am. Lunch is served at 12:00 pm.

To register, contact the Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda Parks and Recreation Departments for their class registration.

1. It’s for the Birds (and Bees…)
Date: Tuesday, May 6 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way
Fee: $10 MIN/Max: 10/30

Learn about providing and protecting habitat resources for the birds, bees and other critters in our gardens using native plants and other garden strategies. Lunch is generously provided by Tiffany Court Assisted Living of Walnut Creek.

2. Inside Dirt
Date: Tuesday, June 10 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Moraga Gardens Farm, 1370 Moraga Way
Fee: $10 MIN/Max: 10/30

Soil composition is one of the most important factors of a flourishing
garden. Learn about soil biota and how to keep the soil organisms healthy.
Composting basics, mulching guidelines and fascinating soil facts will be discussed.
Lunch is generously provided by Moraga Royale Assisted Living.

3. Habitat Garden Visit
Date: Tuesday, July 8 from 10:30am to12:00pm
Location: Private Orinda Residence (address will be sent to participants only)
Fee: $10 MIN/Max: 10/15

Visit a certified National Wildlife Habitat and a Bay-Friendly Garden located in Orinda. Demonstrations on composting, habitat gardening techniques, organic gardening, and permaculture will be provided. View a backyard chicken coop as well. Lunch is generously provided by The Kensington Independent and Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Take Time for Afternoon Tea on Saturday, April 26

By Gardening Tips, Outdoor Learning Center

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.

garden3 Flyer Version (3)Sample and savor herbal teas made from local herbs and take home a sampling 4-pack of seedlings to help you get started.

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!

By Community Events, Kids

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

By Open House

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

By Open House

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.