Garden Stewards, Volunteers Sought for Broadway Pollinator Garden

Monday, March 9, 2015

Rockridge residents have come to appreciate the beauty of the new Broadway Pollinator Garden site, a work in progress by the Oakland Landscape Committee (OLC) and community volunteers. This football-field size Caltrans site at the intersection of Broadway and Keith Avenue hosts hundreds of roses, lavenders, and thousands of pollinator plants providing habitat for bees, butterflies and birds.

In 2014, Rockridge resident Carl Price responded to an article in The Rockridge News and began volunteering on a regular basis, helping with planting and maintenance efforts as a Garden Steward. He now supervises and works with crews of high school students from the Alameda County Probation Department Weekend Training Academy to beautify the Broadway Pollinator Garden. He recently helped lead sheet mulching and annual rose pruning efforts around hundreds of roses planted along the Broadway frontage.

The OLC adopted the Caltrans property in 2006 when it was the site of a homeless encampment and full of weeds. OLC has regularly recruited volunteers to develop the site as a public garden serving area residents and providing pollinator habitat.

Our goal for 2015 is to recruit additional Garden Stewards from the Rockridge area to join Carl Price, the Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC), and OLC in continuing the development and maintenance of the Broadway Pollinator Garden

There is an exciting opportunity for Rockridge residents interested in gardening to get involved working one or more days each month. We need your help to make it a beautiful show garden illustrating the pride of Rockridge residents in their community. The idea to involve volunteer landscape designers or architects to help develop further plans for the garden is under consideration to be submitted to Caltrans for approval.

The OLC also hopes to work more closely with the RCPC to secure grant funding and volunteers, and to develop plans for enhancing this as a Rockridge community garden.

The committee provides training and support for the stewards, and the garden has regular help from high school student crews and community volunteers. Individuals wishing more information about serving as a Garden Steward or volunteer in the Garden are asked to contact Gordon Piper at rgpiper33@gmail.com or phone 510/843-3828. The OLC website is http://oaklandlandscapecommittee.org.