03.12.2011 Garden Fridays Recap for Mar. 11

A big thanks to everyone who helped out today. We got a thank you from the staff. It is amazing how much the native garden looks now.

Digging the weeds out

Weeds everywherePile of weeds

CA Poppies

Group shot 1

PCC SoC Group shot

PCC SoC Group
Courtesy Maggie Lee and Jason Carman

11.10.2010 November 9, 2010 Meeting Recap

We had a good turn out in the native garden. A big thanks to Marcos,  TreePeople, for guiding us on maintaining our California native plant garden. We removed trash and deadheaded the California Buckwheats’ flowers.

Unfortunately, we had to remove two dead plants. Marcos suggested that we provide some extra water to the plants (since they are not establish yet).

The good news, the Hummingbird Sage is spreading, creating a dense mat on the west side of the garden.

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.