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, April 6, 2013

Weeding and Wildflowers

Spring Invasive Weed Removal continues to be a success!   Volunteers, young and old, have showed up to lend a helping hand in removing the invasive weeds that seemed to suddenly appear at an alarming rate beginning in February.   The big patches of broom are now gone from Garber -  thanks to Bob and Clyde who showed up with their weed wrenches, searching and removing broom from every corner of Garber.  Many others focussed on removing the huge patches of cape ivy, poison hemlock, and thistle, allowing the horsetails, snowberry, thimbleberry, ferns and other native plants and wildflowers to flourish.  And still others have chosen to do the careful task of weeding our planting beds at the Evergreen Lane Entrance.  Our reward has been one of the best wildflower shows ever in Garber.  We continue to find more Trillium; and Giant Vetch, an annual vine, is popping up all over the park and will soon be blooming.  The field of False Solomon's seal along the Lower Loop Trail is also ready to bloom.   Cow parsnip is waist high - its huge white flowers will soon dominate.  These are just a few of the wildflowers coming into bloom weekly.  It's a beautiful time in the park. 

We all know that pictures are truly “worth a thousand words,” so please click here to see more pictures of our  Spring Invasive Removal Project.

And, if you haven’t seen Lech’s fascinating and fun time lapse video of  our two day planting event in December, click here.