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Doc Hale Update

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Keep up with our amazing naturalist and friend of the garden, Doc “Jim” Hale by checking out his web site. Periodically it will have updates with news and the latest on Jim’s condition. The site also has a link  to a fundraising effort set up by some of his friends to help with his ongoing medical expenses.  

I hope you will consider sending the link below to any of your friends who also know Jim: 

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-jim-doc-hale-fight-cancer-and-a-nerve-disease/342422

James (Doc) M. Hale, pictured, is an expert on the natural and cultural history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
James (Doc) M. Hale, pictured, is an expert on the natural and cultural history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Casey: The King of DRiWATER

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It’s true.  If you want to know more about DRiWATER time-release watering, just ask Casey.  He’s the expert.

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In the News!

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The Lamorinda Weekly has the latest news from Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center.

A special aspect of the garden and learning center site is that it sits along the Lafayette Creek and is graced by a number of native riparian plants. These plants are highlighted in a natural riparian oak garden and along a short nature trail, which will be accessible during open hours beginning in March

Read more.

Photo by Andy Scheck
Photo by Andy Scheck

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Learn about the creekside ecosystem this saturday

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Saturday, June 2   3 – 5 pm    The Creekside Ecosystem
Join environmental science teacher, Janet Thomas, as she guides us through the world of plants and animals that exist within our beautiful creekside habitat.  We’ll learn about the natural history and ecology of the garden area, and how to identify common riparian plants.  We’ll observe what we learn first hand as we take a short walk along the Costa Trail that borders Lafayette Creek and the Community Garden.  Register here.

View of the Lafayette Community Garden on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Present at the Creation

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Come on.  You know you want to be there.   On Saturday, May 12 there will be a work day at the garden.  Come on over between 9:00 AM and 11:30.  We will be working picking up trash, spreading wood chips, building a straw wattle garden bed, and digging trenches for the rabbit fence.  And take a look at the progress:

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Earth Day Success

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It was great fun celebrating Earth Day with an open house at the Community Garden and Learning Center yesterday.  We had a good turn out and featured docent led tours, bird watching with an expert from the Audubon Society, a glass bee hive hosted by the Mount Diablo Bee Keepers Association and more.  Big plans for this week including digging post holes for the perimeter fence and a work day on Saturday.

Below is a photo of the birders spotting an Acorn Woodpecker (clown of the Oak forest!).  You can see a lot more photos from yesterday at our Facebook page.

Spotting an Acorn Woodpecker at the Community Garden

Foraging in Lafayette

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Kevin Feinstein – aka ferelkevin – guided a class on edible wild plants at Sienna Ranch in Lafayette today.  See his new book here. (For some reason you need to open this post to see the links.)

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