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.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

January - A Great Start to the New Year!

RAIN, a fabulous workshop in Garber on Fern ID and Propagation Techniques by Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute, and the announcement that the Claremont Hotel will be sponsoring several restoration projects in Garber made a truly WONDERFUL start to the new year.  

The Garber Park Stewards are especially excited and honored that the Claremont Club and Spa, through the Fairmont CARE's grant program will be a partner with us in Garber this coming year. The grant will sponsor our Winter Restoration Workshop Series with Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute, provide money for trail improvement and signage, development of a trail map and self-guided trail, as well as other activities in support of of our efforts to restore and maintain the native habitat in this most beautiful wildland park.  The announcement from the hotel:  Claremont Club and Spa, A Fairmont Hotel is pleased to partner with Garber Park Stewards by donating $10,000 for various projects to improve the park. The hotel has been a part of the community for 100 years and is excited to have Garber Park continue to be a place for hotel guests and club members to visit.

There's not one among us that isn't rejoicing at the rain.  A cold and rainy morning couldn't dampen the enthusiasm for the first Winter Workshop in Garber this season.  Cancel? Absolutely not - Lech brought the outside in - and we all enjoyed learning about Fern ID and in-Situ Propagation while warm and dry inside.  Lecture and demonstrations over, and coffee finished, we all were ready for some time outside, even though it was still raining. Garber abounds in several native species of Ferns, so we didn't have to walk far to find a few ferns to dig up, divide and plant in some good spots near the trail.  We didn't get a lot of field time due to the rain, so we're all looking forward to many stewardship days in the next couple of months where we can practice our skills.  
We hope you can join us.  
Contact Shelagh for more information and to join our listserv for workday and future workshop anouncements.  

Click here to see more pictures of the workshop.