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.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Date:  Saturday, April 16    Time:  9 a.m.- NOON
Where:  Evergreen Lane Entrance
The Garber Park Stewards invite you to our second annual EARTH DAY event in Garber Park.  For folks who came last year, much has changed including the sunlighting of our springs and creeks, the substantial improvement of our Loop Trail, and the commencement of native restoration at our entrance hillside.  For volunteers who have not yet visited John Garber Park, Spring in all its manifestations will greet you.

We have a varied menu of activities for this EARTH DAY:
     For weeders and eco-academics alike, we will maintain, document, and weed our hillside restoration beds near the Evergreen Lane entrance, including Fireplace Plaza.
     For weed bashers and invasive plant warriors, we will continue our labors among the Himalayan Blackberry and focus heavily on the Cape Ivy near Horsetail Meadow and the Springs.
     For those who are especially concerned about Sudden Oak Death, Lech Naumovich, Botanist, will pre-survey Garber Park to help us identify areas and trees which we might test in the upcoming Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Blitz on April 30-May1. 

Maintenance at the Restoration Site

Today we focussed on our Hillside Restoration Site at the Evergreen Lane Entrance.  We weeded the planting beds and began eradication of the Cape ivy and Poison Hemlock that are trying to take over the area between the planting beds.  Lots of good news:  the plants ALL seem to be healthy, and the False Solomon’s Seal is blooming!  And, lots of new ferns and some native blackberry are emerging on the hillside.  Fireplace Plaza also received some much needed TLC.

Next Workday in Garber Park:  Earth Day on Saturday, April 16 from 9AM-Noon.  Meet at the Evergreen Lane Entrance