Weeding, sheet-mulching, composting, and pruning continued in 2009, but a major accomplishment was bringing a micro spray and drip irrigation water conservation system to the garden with funding provided by several organizations in Pleasant Hill and Contra Costa County and labor supplied by many volunteer groups.
The handsome redwood arbor was designed and built by Scott Spofford for his Eagle Scout project with Boy Scout troop 401. Volunteers planted the native California grapevine to provide more shade and habitat.
For his Eagle Scout project, Michael Hildner of Boy Scout Troop 405 built a raised bed using donated river rock. He planted it with donated native bunch grasses and other drought tolerant species.
During the annual Pleasant Hill's Community Service Day and Chevron Week of Caring work on irrigation and drip projects were completed. Benches and bridges were also built and volunteers built and decorated a bowl for the planned bird bath.
PHIG's hard-working steering committee presented an Open House and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the garden with many local dignitaries and key volunteers present to thank and recognize the more than 3,000 hours of dedicated effort of volunteers, the huge community support and many generous contributions of individuals and organizations which brought the garden into being in a little over two years. Aleeta Slattery and Kathy Richardson were recognized for their outstanding efforts as Volunteer of the Year.