Garden Progress 2011


Craig Guggiana Eagle Scout projectAs his Eagle Scout project, Craig Guggiana from Boy Scout Troop 490 engraved a sign with the PHIG name and logo on the informational kiosk to make it easier for visitors to locate the garden. He also renovated the kiosk panels to be more waterproof and to be able to change their content, and when the kiosk was vandalized, he repaired and replaced the damaged panels.

Chevron volunteers laying irrigation in dry streambedSeptember events included the annual United Way Week of Caring with Chevron volunteers. One project included installing irrigation and completing a small recirculating spring in the dry streambed with donated flagstone.

Helpers mulching gardenPleasant Hill's annual Community Service Day on September 24th was quite a family event with several budding young gardeners learning to mulch, weed, prune, or move rocks. Fasteners for tools were put up to organize and maximize space in the tools shed. There were several sightings of lizards, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

Garden TourAn Open House with educational exhibits, talks and a garden tour was held on October 30th to celebrate over four years of restoration and development of a former wasteland.

Bob_Swanson_receiving_awardBob Swanson was honored as Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.

Judy Ryan receiving awardJudy Ryan was recognized as Outstanding Master Gardener of the Year. DVC's International Club received the award for Outstanding Volunteer Group.

Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, the Pleasant Hill Civic Action Commission, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Jim and Nay Albertson and Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club were recognized for invaluable contributions to the garden.


With funding and volunteers from the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, spring started off with a bang on two new projects.

Volunteers weeding and marking plantsIdentification of plants in the garden with permanent plant tags was begun...  


Volunteers working on the storage benchA multiple-use storage-workbench, designed by Kevin Tracy of Cascade Construction, will not only be able to store up to three wheelbarrows and materials but serves as a potting table or teacher demonstration station for posters or whiteboards.

Other volunteers continued weeding, composting, and mulching during the church's annual Do Justice community service event.

Earth Day was celebrated in April working on the storage Maintenance work performed on Earth Dayworkbench, with ongoing maintenance, and adding more rock to the dry streambed and bog area.


As part of PHIG's educational outreach to the Bob giving a weather talkcommunity, the day included talks, displays, and games. An explanation was given about the weather station, donated by Robert Remington and installed by Bob Swanson, retired meteorologist. Soon hourly local weather reports will be available to the community and to the school.

Will Dundon with Tools ShedDuring the summer two Eagle Scout projects were completed. The Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club provided funding for the waterproof tools shed Eagle Scout Will Dundon from Boy Scout Troop 277 constructed for PHIG that serves as the entry to the garden. Will attached our entry sign with the wooden lettering that had been carefully prepared by Kathy and Jeff Bairey. The entry sign was an additional project supported by the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.

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