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May Garden Events and Gardening Tips

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May Special Events

SPRING ROSE SHOW! Sunday, May 5, from 1-5pm, at the Lakeside Park Garden Center. Free to the public. Themed “Fairy Tales,” The East Bay Rose Society’s 66th Annual Spring Flower Show is designed to be fun for the whole family. Roses will be displayed by Society members, along with donations from Oakland’s very own jewel, the Morcom Rose Garden. Meet the new American Rose Society President, Jolene Adams, enjoy a great silent auction, bistro offerings, demonstrations and and how-to tips.

Take home some ROSE SHRUBS OR ROSE STEMS: Old roses, modern roses, prima donna’s, demure roses, sensuous roses, old stalwarts and new upstarts, we have them all. Contact us  The EBRS meets the Third Wednesday of each month in the Lakeside Garden Center.

GREAT COMPOST MADE EASY, Saturday, May 25 , noon-1:00, Alameda County Master Gardeners Trials Garden in the Edible Demonstration Garden. FREE!

This talk with cover all of the details of composting: mixing greens and browns, other good ingredients, composting container options, keeping your pile hot and how to use your compost in your garden.

Master Gardener Sam Foushee makes amazing compost and grows beautiful vegetables in three Bay Area community gardens. Please join us, and bring your own gardening questions! Download the full Workshop Series schedule here: 2013 Trials Garden Workshop Series

Community Work Party Events 

First Saturday of each month, (May 4) 9am-noon – Mediterranean Garden

First Saturday of each month, (May 4) 9am – 1:30pm – Succulent Garden

First and third Saturday of each month, (May 4 & May 18) - 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 of April at

Third Saturday of each month, (May  18) 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 

May Gardening Tips

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Prepared by the Alameda County Master Gardeners

Spring Months: April and May are among the busiest months for gardeners. Almost all warm season vegetables, herbs and annual flowers are planted. 

All summer vegetables can be planted (beans, corn, squash, tomatoes, peppers, melons, etc.).

  • All summer annual flowers can be planted or sown.
  • Continue planting summer bulbs.
  • In cooler areas east of the coastal hills, continue planting beets and carrots.
  • Thin fruit on fruit trees as needed (use the width of your closed fist as a rough guide). For more information, read up on thinning here.
  • Check to be sure that your irrigation system is working and meets the needs of your garden.

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

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Alexandra Wanigatunga
Jun 17, 2013 22:46

I would like to take my daisy scout troop to the gardens. Do you have a program? Please let me know.

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