Alameda Point Collaborative Stages Special Garden Party

Alameda Point Collaborative is hosting its first Not Your Mother’s Garden Party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, at Ploughshares Nursery, 2701 Main St.

“The event supports Alameda Point Collaborative and will help us fulfill APC’s mission of overcoming homelessness through housing, support services, children and youth programs and subsidiary projects, like Ploughshares,” which is a community garden, said Theresa Howe, director of fund development and community relations. Many Alameda-based donors have stepped up to share food and drink for the fund-raiser.

Tickets for the event are $75 and can be bought via Brown Paper Tickets online or by calling 510-898-7802. Guests can also buy tickets at the garden on Tuesday evening. “We are hoping for 100 guests, and many people have told us they are coming,” said Biggs.

“Our friends at St. George Spirits are creating three signature cocktails especially for this event, using plants from our nursery and its spirits,” Howe explained. These drinks can be paired with snacks and other treats from Angkor Grill, Barceluna, Dragon Rouge, Feel Good Bakery, Fruits and Chocolate, Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, Semifreddi’s, Speisekammer Restaurant, Tucker’s Ice Cream and West Café.

In addition to the food and drink, the event will focus on showcasing resources available at Alameda Point Collaborative and Alameda Point in general, says Doug Biggs, executive director of APC. “It’s really a great partnership between Ploughshares and St. George Spirits,” he added.

All My Pretty Ones, an East Bay rock and folk band, will entertain the crowd, according to Biggs. “We encourage guests to dress casual and warm, as the event will take place outdoors in the garden,” he said.


Alameda Backyard Growers Share Green Thumbs


Alameda Backyard Growers hosted a successful Global Work Party on Sunday — it was one of 7,347 events held in 188 countries around the globe, thanks to the work of 350.org and volunteers worldwide.

Organizers say that the group attracted more people than expected. “Even Doug DeHaan came to pay us a visit,” they shared.

There were more than 20 people working at Ploughshares Nursery in Alameda Point.

Volunteers turned out to support the “beat the heat,” aka stop global warming event, which — like other events worldwide — focused on creating sustainable growing areas and other projects designed to lower our carbon footprint.


One Alameda project was the planting of a tree guild, a series of complementary trees, plants and shrubs. Volunteers also learned how to install sheet mulching and planted a black mission fig tree as the anchor point for the guild.

They also created “compost lasagna” to provide much warmth and nutrients for vegetables and other plants in the the nearby greenhouse.

Ploughshares does not have power, apart from a solar panel, so the compost pile will be very beneficial for plant life in the greenhouse, group members say.


Event organizers add that they were pleased with what the team accomplished and hope to stage similar events in the future.

The local group is set to meet from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, at High Street Station coffeehouse, located at 1303 High Street at Encinal Avenue.