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.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Passive Restoration Workshop in Garber

Fern Glade Stewardship 
Woodland Understory Restoration 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Garber Park Stewards and Claremont Canyon Conservancy are excited to be partnering with Golden Hour Restoration Institute for several exciting workshops throughout the winter season, beginning with a Fern Glade Stewardship and Woodland Understory Restoration Workshop in Garber Park on Sunday, December 8. There is a large relatively flat spot near Fireplace Plaza along Sylvan Path where the ivy has not yet totally engulfed the native ferns  which will become our new restoration site.

Lech Naumovich, Executive Director of GoldenHour, will be leading the workshop, and will discuss Best Practices for Ivy Removal, including the Bradley Method, which we will then remove from the project site, find and flag any new natives we find in the area, track these through the year, and create a small woodland habitat pile using existing, on-site materials

Location:  Evergreen Lane Entrance to Garber Park (near the Claremont Hotel in Claremont Canyon.  Enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks.  Then be ready to walk along Sylvan Path to our restoration site.

Wear long sleeves, long pants and shoes or boots with good traction as the trails are rugged and the hillsides are steep in Garber. 

Directions:  The nearest address is 144 Evergreen Lane, Berkeley.  From Alvarado Road take Slater Lane, then turn Right onto Evergreen Lane.  The entrance to the park is at the end of the street.  A map and google directions can be found at

Please RSVP to Shelagh or 510-540-1918 as workshop may be limited to reduce impact in this restoration area.

Most exciting of all, Lech said this will be a great workshop for another Time Lapse Video!  Click here to view a video of two days of planting on the hillside at the Evergreen Lane Entrance compressed into 3 minutes and set to the music of Louis Armstrong.