Short Summary

Garber Park is a 13-acre wildland park owned by the City of Oakland located behind the Claremont Hotel in Claremont Canyon. Garber Park is home to significant stands of big-leaf maple, California buckeyes and regenerating coast live oak woodland and forest. The Garber Park Stewards vision is to safeguard the native wildland resources of Garber Park while reducing the risk of wildfire and improving the trail system.

Monday, February 19, 2018

A great Day in Horsetail Meadows

A wonderful workday - good weather and a good turn-out of volunteers - veterans and new.  A major effort was made in Equisitum (Horsetail)Meadow.  The equisitum is now popping up but the Cape Ivy and Himalayan Blackberries, with their aggressive and invasive growth, are threatening the lovely horsetails.  Bags of Cape Ivy and Horsetail were pulled, chopped, and bagged.  Thanks, everyone, a tough job,  but a rewarding and valuable one in the ongoing restoration of Harwood Creek.  In another month the Horsetails will dominate the meadow with their bright green stalks. Thanks everyone for a successful workday.

An extra special treat - the buckeyes have leafed out and the beautiful Trillium are in bloom!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Fascinating World Beneath our Feet


On January 20, Lech Naumovich presented his first Garber workshop of the 2018 Season, Titled:  Fungi, Soil and the World Beneath Us:  Restoration in Focus.  For this workshop we had TWO wonderful leaders:  Lech and Thea Chesney, mushroom taxonomist and botanist.  When I drove up to the Claremont Ave. Entrance to set-up the refreshments for the event, Thea was already there, finding many, many mushrooms right at the entrance, and had set up books, samples, and a microscope on the hood of her car!  I knew we were in for a treat.

It was a cold day, but clear, and had rained just a few days before, making it perfect for finding mushrooms.  Thea continued to excite us in learning about mushrooms for the next FIVE hours – not just the 3 hours scheduled for the workshop.   THANK YOU, LECH and THEA for such a fabulous workshop – opening up a another fascinating eco-system in Garber – THE WORLD BENEATH US. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

November Workday

What a great day in Garber.  Some planted, some cleared the trail, and some chopped and pulled Himalayan Blackberries.  Thanks to Ricardo we cleared the drainage on Claremont Ave. from Overflow Creek to the Garber Park parking area.  Thanks to all for your dedicated and hard work!

Thanks to Ricardo the drainage on Claremont Ave
from Overflow Creek all the way to the Garber parking
pad is flowing and the shoulder free of debris.

Planting grass plugs at the Evergreen Lane Entrance
from seeds collected in Garber!

Attacking the Himalayan Blackberry
near Horsetail Meadow
Shout Out to this man, a neighbor,
who collects trash along Claremont Ave
several times a year!

All smiles at the end of the day
reflecting on the days accomplishments

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Successful Fall Workday

Fern Glade - weeded and mulched - and now ready for the winter.   Claremont Ave Entrance - trash picked up.   Claremont Ave Trail - cleared of debris and raked to Overflow Creek Bridge.  Fireplace Plaza - raked and cleared of debris.  1st Bridge on Lower Loop Trail - Threat of Himalayan Blackberry take-over suppressed!  
Getting the erhardta grass and ivy from Fern Glade!

Fern Glade - Beautiful.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dead Oak at Evergreen Lane Entrance

VERY SAD.  We have nurtured this oak tree for many years.  It died suddenly.
Ambrosia Beetles was the cause - their sawdust can be found at the base.
With so much Sudden Oak Death pathogen in the park we assumed SOD was the culprit.
Arborist, Peter Rudy, said it could definitely be involved but he found no evidence
of SOD on the tree. 

BEWARE when hiking on the trail at the Evergreen Entrance - the tree is a danger with large limbs hanging over the trail.
WHAT TO DO WITH THE TREE?  Cut it down (City of Oakland has been notified but the tree is still there).  Meanwhile,
several people have suggested cutting back the dangerous limbs and leaving the main trunk as
BIRD HABITAT, which I like.  Have a suggestion?  Contact us as

Saturday, May 27, 2017


Horsetail (Equisitum) Meadow near
Harwood Creek

What a treat we had in Garber for our May workday.  Instead of pulling and chopping invasives (although several couldn’t resist) we had the opportunity for a slow walk through Garber learning about the unique and diverse habitats and native plants in Garber.  

With the beautiful California Buckeyes in full bloom we were able to see all SEVEN – YES, SEVEN NATIVE FERNS - and many native understory plants in bloom including the Cow Parsnip.

And, Thanks Lech, for another fun workshop in Garber.

Save the Date:  Saturday, June 27, 10am-Noon:  Evicting the Fire Prone Invasive Weeds.
Unfortunately, the abundance of rain this year not only produced a bumper crop of native plants but a bumper crop of all the usual fire prone invasive weeds.  Erhardta, poison hemlock, himalayan blackberry, English and Cape Ivy - they're all there trying to smother the natives and hide the trails.  We will return to pulling and chopping these invasives for our 3rd Saturday Workday in June on June 17, from 10AM to NOON.  With your help we can push back the invasive weeds and keep Garber fire safe and a community gem of a park!  

Monday, May 8, 2017

        Saturday, May 20, 10am-1:00pm 

       Workshop led by Lech Naumovich

     Meet at the Claremont Ave Entrance
                     to Garber Park

Join the Garber Park Stewards and Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute on a fun and informative botanical hike through Garber Park, a 13-acre City of Oakland Wildland Park in Claremont Canyon.  
We will talk about many of the diverse native plants and plant communities found in Garber, including oak woodlands, wetland seeps, and other forest types with a focus on recognizing key characteristics of plants to allow for accurate identifications. We will highlight the ongoing restoration efforts in Garber, identify the invasive weeds, and discuss Sudden Oak Death, which was identified in Garber several years ago.  Spring is the best time to pull those invasive weeds – we welcome our weed pullers as well!
Wear long sleeves, long pants, and shoes with good tread, and bring a water bottle.  We provide snacks and water for refills; and gloves and tools but feel free to bring your own. 
To RSVP (space is limited) or for more information contact Shelagh
Directions:   Meet at the Claremont Ave Entrance for snacks before we begin.  From the intersection of Tunnel Rd/Ashby and Claremont, go .4 miles up Claremont Ave. to the Garber Park Sign.  By bus, take #49, get off at the Ashby/Claremot Ave intersection and walk up Claremont.  Maps and directions can also be found on our website
Wear long sleeves, long pants, and shoes with good tread, and bring a water bottle.  We provide snacks and water for refills; and gloves and tools but feel free to bring your own.