Soil preparation required breaking up the compacted clay soil and excavating it to prevent drainage problems.
Truckloads of donated mulch and soil amendments were mixed into the soil and mounded for planting natives and drought tolerant plants in the chaparral and woodland beds. Work continued to prepare the soil.
Plant propagation began. DVC’s Adaptive Horticulture class raised native meadow grasses and planted them.
As his Eagle Scout project, Crosby Sperling,of Boy Scout Troop 221, designed and built the hexagonal informational kiosk to showcase the garden’s purpose, update visitors on events and describe the garden with a map and plant communities. A preview of the garden tour on June 14th introduced more people to this exciting project.
In September, volunteers on Pleasant Hill’s Community Service Day and during Chevron’s Week of Caring, contributed another path and a dry streambed to the garden. More path building and planting of prepared beds continued when the weather cooled.