I wanted to share some really great spring time events that are taking place here in the Bay Area in April. The lovely Spring Time – specifically in San Jose.
I’ve started a “Keep on Growing” series here on my blog so I can keep a journal of my gardening experiences especially what has worked for me and what has not. Also some “What was I thinking?” aftermaths *lol* with some laughter along the way. I believe sharing is caring and learning how to grow my own food is definitely a passion of mine that I started to sow in the Spring of 2012.
This is my 2nd year container gardening on my patio and I am now getting ready to plan out what I want to grow this year and gather as much information as possible so that I can achieve those goals this year. Here are some events that are taking place in April that will give you that boost of Energy and Enspiration that will get you growing in no time at all.
The 19th Annual Spring Garden Market
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
History San Jose, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose
Admission: Free / City Parking $6
You do not want to miss our Spring Garden Market at beautiful History San Jose for our premier plant sale, sustainable gardening showcase and vendor fair (complete with yummy food trucks!) (Directions | Parking Map)
Our plant sale features unique heirloom varieties you won’t find elsewhere
Loyal fans have been coming for years for the 75+ varieties of tomatoes and 100+ varieties of peppers, and for the past couple years, we’ve also offered other summer vegetables. Stay tuned for this year’s plant lists — we’ll post those as soon as they are finalized.
We also expanded our offerings to include herbs and flowers.
The descriptions of plants we grow are tantalizing! (We will also be selling some other summer vegetables, herbs and flowers; check back soon for those lists.) Please note: we accept cash or checks only.
Sustainable Gardening Showcase
In addition, along Master Gardener Lane, you’ll find Master Gardeners at advice tables focused on sustainable gardening techniques:
- Hotline LIVE!
- California Native Plants
- UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars: Recommended waterwise plants
- Gardening with Succulents
- Animal Pest Control Got gophers, moles, voles or other critters?
- Tool Care: Keep your tools sharp and in tip-top condition.
We also host a table with great publications from the University of California.
- UC Gardening Publications Display Oodles of free pamphlets as well as excellent reference books for you to browse. Browse the catalog and purchase online from UC with a 10% discount when you use our promotion code PRCLA43.
Green Elephant Sale In a category of its own, our Green Elephant Sale featured treasures from our garden sheds and garages to yours – tools, pots, apparel, books,and trellises as well as unusual items you can repurpose to use in your garden. Everything but the kitchen sink … although one year we did have a kitchen sink for someone to plant in! The prices can’t be beat and we only put out items in good condition.
Booths line both sides of the Main Street in History San Jose. Plant nurseries, gardening societies, urban farmers, beekeepers and conservation groups could be found alongside vendors of containers and raised beds, apparel, mosaics and even chicken coops. See the list of vendors for an idea of our colorful “Main Street.”
A Plant Daycare is set up right next to the plant sale, where people can leave their purchases securely while they browse the vendor fair or attend any of the many gardening talks.
And gourmet food trucks will be providing coffee, lunch, drinks and snack
Veggielution’s Food and Art Fundraiser
April 19th, 2013
7 – 10 pm
$10 online $12 at the door
240 N 2nd St
San Jose, CA 95112
Veggielution, in partnership with SJMADE, invites you to indulge your senses with farm-fresh food, captivating art, and hand crafted goods prepared by visionary local chefs, artists, and craftspeople.
Avant Garden harnesses San Jose’s creative talent to support Veggielution’s growing Community Farm. We are pushing the boundaries of food justice by redefining our relationship with our land, our food, and each other. Come experience a new way to think about food in our community, through the taste of our Spring harvest and captivating visual artistry.
- Sample farm fresh small plates prepared by talented local chefs
- Take home food and farm related art by local artists
- Browse a variety of crafts from local vendors
- Enjoy a craft brew
- Support access to healthy food and nutrition in our community
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Have you made plans yet for what you are growing this spring? Share the Love and leave a comment below.
“Keep on Growing”