August Special Events

Wild Oakland  Free Guided Pollinator Walk in the Gardens Saturday, August 10, noon-2:00. Learn what is happening in the plant and pollinator world of Oakland… like the construction of our new bee hotel!

The walk and talk will be led by Tora Rocha, Park Supervisor for the City of Oakland and founder of the Pollinator Posse, a volunteer group working  to create pollination corridors as well as hand-rearing butterflies to increase survival rates (and because it’s fun).

She’ll teach you about what’s going on behind the scenes to increase pollinator activity in Oakland through initiatives like creating pollination corridors and managing and creating habitat through projects like the Bee Hotel, and more!

You also will learn how to get involved with the Gardens to help create more habitat and join the Pollinator Posse to raise and release your very own monarch, if you’re so inspired. For more info, check out the invite on the Wild Oakland website.

Planning and Planting a Great Winter Vegetable Garden, Saturday, August 24, noon-1pm: Learn how to grow a hearty cool weather vegetable garden. There are many benefits to a fall and winter garden as a wide variety of vegetables thrive in the cooler months.

Lead by Master Gardener Sam Foushee, who grows beautiful vegetables during all seasons in three Bay Area communities, you will learn the special needs vegetables have in the fall and winter as well as how to plan your garden and plant for success.

This talk is free and open to the public. Please join us, and bring your own gardening questions! Gather in the Master Gardener Trials Gardens in the Edible Demonstration Garden. Download the full Workshop Series schedule here: 2013 Trials Garden Workshop Series

Introduction to Bonsai: Interactive Demo and Questions in the Bonsai Garden, Sunday, August 25, 1pm-3pm. This free workshop (held every fourth Sunday of the month) covers the art of Bonsai including techniques, styling, care and grooming. You are welcome to bring your own tree for some TLC.

Community Work Party Events

First Saturday of each month, (August 3) 9am-noon – Mediterranean Garden

First Saturday of each month, (August 3 9am – 1:30pm – Succulent Garden

First and third Saturday of each month, (August 3 & August 17) – Edible Gardens. If you’re interested in gardening at an Edible Garden; the Victory Garden Foundation’s People’s Victory Garden will have mentored gardening days on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Please see the Event Calendar for the month.

Third Saturday of each month, (August 17) 9am- noon – Sensory Gardens, Palmetum, and the Rhododendron Garden


Every Tuesday Evening, Sensory Garden, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Every Thursday Morning, Succulent Garden, 9am-noon 

August Gardening Tips

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Prepared by the Alameda County Master Gardeners

Summer: The gardener’s hard work is rewarded with beautiful blooms and tasty vegetables.

  • Fertilize, water, deadhead, etc.
  • Begin planting cool crops for fall and winter harvest. Cole crops (broccoli, mustard, cabbage, etc.), beets, carrots, lettuce (provide shade), green onions, potatoes, peas, etc. Wait until September in hotter climates.
  • Start seeds of cool season annuals (calendula, stock, etc.).
  • Request your brochure for our Seminar: Fall Seminar on Bay Area Gardening
  • Check to be sure that your irrigation system is working and meets the needs of your garden with the calculator for estimating water needs.

For more information on gardening tips and information from the Alameda County Master Gardeners, go to