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, June 18, 2013

Summer Workdays a Success

THANKS to all the many volunteers who have joined us in Garber in June and July to pull and chop invasives, weed the restoration planting beds, and help maintain the Loop Trail.  One hardy group has been scoping out the old 1920's era trail from below Fireplace Plaza to the parking turn-out on Claremont Ave.  Lots more work to do here as they chop through ivy and mounds of eucalyptus duff, but a great start to a difficult job.  

 Volunteers have been rewarded with many blooming flowers.  One of my favorites is Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus) which has shown a dramatic re-bound since the WPAD clearing last Summer, was displaying both flowers and berries along the Lower Loop Trail.  These bright red berries are a special treat to many birds.  The Buckeyes were blooming all of June, and the snowberries are just beginning to bloom, and we are starting to see the red fruit of the thimbleberries.  

Creambush (Holodiscus discolor) has beautiful, showy flowers that are just beginning to bloom.
 Not to be missed is the Equisitum in Horsetail Meadows.  Horsetails dominate the meadow from April through early Summer.  

Meet at the Evergreen Lane Entrance at 10AM.  We work till Noon.
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SAVE THE DATE:  CITY OF OAKLAND'S CREEK TO BAY DAY, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, FROM 9AM-NOON.  Please join us on this special day where we work at our Restoration site along Harwood Creek.  Details to follow.