07.24.2010 Native Garden Update

A lot of changes have been made in the native garden. We will look back at the native garden before it was conceived, the Seeds of Change transformation and its current state.

Garden Day - March 20, 2009

The first two images show the space before the transformation. The area was covered with invasive plants and it was an eyesore on campus.

Facing North-East Showing the Weeds

Facing North-West Showing the Weeds

With the help of Marcos from Tree People, Seeds of Change restored the area to its previous natural state with drought-tolerant California Native Plants. Wood mulch was laid down to reduce competition from invasive plants and reduce erosion.

California Native Plants

After with Native Plants

Looking Great

Group shot after a day’s work:

PCC Seeds of Change Group Photo
Courtesy Robert Leonard

Today - July 24, 2010

The native garden has been transformed in the last year and it is thriving. The Hummingbird Sage is blooming, the California Buckwheat has gone dormant and the California Wild Grape is vigorous.

Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage)

Eriogonum fasciculatum (California Buckwheat)

Vitis californica (California Wild Grape)

Artemisia californica and Eriogonum fasciculatum in the foreground
Courtesy Jason Carman

It is amazing to watch the native garden change from season to season. It is never static and there is always something new to see. Summer is coming to a close and Fall is just around the corner.