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.

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. 

New Bridge at Overflow Creek

Walking up the Claremont Ave Bridge to Fireplace Plaza
and beyond just became easier - and safer - thanks to
Ricardo and the NEW BRIDGE at Overflow Creek.

Sweeping out the Broom, April, 2017

Smiling because after a full morning of broom searching this
is all they found!  
Can you ever say an area is "broom free?"  We think not, since French Broom seeds can remain in the soil for 40 years!  However, we have seen little broom in the past few years and have declared Garber about as Broom Free as an area can get.  But, we wanted to know just how much broom remains in the park, wanted to document it, and knew we had to keep on top of it each year or it could easily once again take over.  What to do?  Conduct a Workshop where participants would fan out across the park seeking broom, document results on a map so we could do this again next year and the next...
Searching in the Cow Parsnip Patch for broom - yea!  Little
found.  The Cow Parsnip showed its joy at the abundant
rain this year by growing 6 feet tall!

So on April 18 we began the first annual Broom Sweep.  We are happy to say we found only small patches of mostly small seedlings. It was Happiness all around - our hard work over the years has paid off - and where broom used to be - native ferns, grasses, wildflowers are now popping up.

Thanks, Lech, for a fun workshop.  And thanks everyone for your dedication to Garber's