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.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Springtime in Garber

Thanks, Lech, for a successful Erosion Control
Workshop on April 2.  
Before we jump into our Spring Workdays I want to give a shout-out to our many volunteers who pulled weeds, and then pulled more weeds to give the natives a chance to grow – and grow they are.  A walk through Garber  - up the Claremont Ave Trail and around the Loop Trail is full of wonderful reminders of our successes – Harwood Creek was a mass of Himalayan Blackberry six years ago – today  the blackberry is mostly gone; in its place snowberry, ossoberry, thimbleberry, cow parsnip, miner’s lettuce, and other natives are thriving.  Walk along the Lower Loop Trail and fields of vetch, false solomon’s seal, and abundant ferns greet you at every step.  And then there’s Fern Glade – three years ago a sea of Algerian ivy knee deep and climbing into the tallest trees – is now a magnificent site of ferns, false solomon’s seal, and trillium.   Come and see for yourself – and join us for a workday or one of our workdays or Restoration Workshops led by Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute.

Saturday, April 16 , 10-Noon.  Volunteer Workday in Garber.  
Join us as we return to tackle the ivy along the Claremont Trail and Fern Glen.   In the parking lot entrance is a green bin – we want to fill it up before Oakland takes it away at the end of April – and we need your help.  We have easy ivy pulling in Fern Glade as well as the more difficult task of removing large swaths on the steep hillside.  Wear long sleeves, long pants and shoes or boots with good treads.  We provide gloves, tools, snacks, and water.  No experience necessary.  Students looking for community service hours are welcome.  Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Meet at the Claremont Ave. Entrance, .4 miles up Claremont Ave (towards Grizzly Peak Blvd) from the intersection of Claremont Ave/Ashby.  For more information, a map and directions visit our website or contact Shelagh