Today at the volunteer day we were ready, at last, for a somewhat momentous event: adding the sign to Pennsylvania Railroad Garden.
We'd explored several options for locally made and artistic sign options, but at the end of the day nothing beats the practicality of a recycled plastic enclosed cork board message center. The one at PG has served us well for years, so a matching one was ordered by me and arrived this week in some very large, heavy packages.
Matt and I dragged them outside today, with tools, and set about assembling the sign. The posts were so long we realized we'd nee to dig two 3' deep holes, so the post hole digger was procured, two 60# bags of concrete, and the digging began.
Emily came down with two lovely new volunteers, Ali and Neda, and along with Nate they picked all the trash from PRG and weeded quite a lot. We all took turns digging the holes, and eventually they reached 3' deep.
Then we positioned the sign int he holes, adjusted it level, and collected up rocks and started adding rocks, concrete and water in the holes around the posts, layer by layer.
Pretty soon it was all done - ta dah!
Another great project completed in 2 hours. Great job everyone. All that remains is to create the signs to go inside the kiosk thanking all our lovely volunteers and grantors.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
|Now the street is a|
great place to visit
|Lovely winter color|
It's been awhile since I've been able to thoroughly walk both gardens; recently I've been away from San Francisco taking care of a critically ill family member. Being able to come back and walk through the gardens, remembering all the great time I've spent here, the wonderful people I've worked with making these places beautiful, has been a great joy.
I hope the gardens are here for you too when you need them, sometimes a place just to take your dog out for a potty break, but also for finding your emotional strength when you need it. So get out for a walk today and enjoy the 1-year anniversary of greening PRG!
Sunday, February 2, 2014
However, we're still in a major drought so we're switching off the water and the plants are actually looking good despite it all.
Matt and Jackie met up yesterday and sorted out a few problem areas in the garden. Jackie pruned back some Salvia leucanthas - perfect timing, as they'll be sprouting new growth soon.
Matt pruned the Aster "Bill's Big Blue" and also the Salvia elegans (Pineapple Sage)
After that he cut back the Melianthus major (honey flower) which was looking much too scraggly, and planted some Bulbinellas at the base to tidy up the area at the bottom of the steps.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
We haven't watered the trees at Pennsylvania Railroad garden in a few weeks, but today it was time - they're supposed to get 15 gallons each per week for the first two years, and it's only been a year since they were planted. Matt and I headed out, fixed the hose (again) with parts from Center Hardware and set up the trees for their drip, water courtesy of Fregosi Paints.
|Ice plant - what is your name?|
|Tidy, with extra Agave!|
Afterwards the area was nice and clean - you can see how much that Dasylirion has grown. Here it is when we first planted it in May 2009, though we moved the Aloe glauca in that pic shortly after that pic was taken.
All sorts of things are in flower right now - Leucadendrons, the cherry plum trees, Narcissus, Cordylines, and the ice plant whose name I can't remember in the brights bed - come and see!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Matt and I popped out to plant a few items tat need to have their roots in the dirt. We loaded up a wheelbarrow of plants and walked down to Pennsylvania Railroad Garden and put them in:
1 Agave lophantha
1 Agave "Green Giant"
1 Agave parryi
8 Puyas of some sort
We weeded and picked up trash a bit, then called it good.
Please note that the January workday is off due to a whole load of other commitments we have. Come join us in February for some gardening fun!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
We retrieved all the stuff pulled through the gap, and placed a lot of Agaves and Yuccas back there. Anyone who tries that again will have to be very determined. Agaves to the rescue again ;)
Opposite that in the middle front bed our poor Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum “Silver Lace Bush” that was such a favorite of mine had died. Someone pruned it back to stubs, and that killed it - so sad! In its place we put a Puya of some sort - TBD!
We have tons of Puyas, Bromeliads, Yuccas, Agaves and so on to plant - better get 'em in the ground soon.
Happy holidays everyone!
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Today is the 5 year anniversary of Pennsylvania Garden, the day that Matt and I went out and planted the very first plants on that nasty lot of land. Awww.
I looked back, and here's what we planted that day, with status update:
- 4 Dietes - they rule; they're everywhere now
- 8 - ditto
- 3 Hakea suaveolens - flowering as I type
- 3 Kunzea baxterii - never a dull moment
- 1 Coprosma australis (variegated) - kicks major butt
- 2 Geranium maderense - um, not all that prolific...
- 3 Ceanothus "King Sip" (ground covering/low) - superb border edging plant - trimmed some today in fact
- 2 Geranium macrorhizum - bopping around int he left bed somewhere I think...
- 2 Dianella Tasmanica - much too excitable, yet mostly dull looking. I removed and sold them.
- 1 Aeonium - can't even remember where the original plant went, but we have dozens of them.
So yeah. Not bad for the very first selection.
Today we had a volunteer day too, and I should have brought cake except I only remembered it's the 5 year anniversary just now... oh well!
Emily, Matt, Eliot, Mary and Carlin came to help me weed the front border, turn the compost, weed and trash pick Pennsylvania Railroad Garden, cut back Stachys and Plectranthus, and generally get some biz done in the chilly December weather.
John also cam by with a truckload (literally) of Furcraea (some sort of species) which he and Matt went right ahead and planted at PRG, filling in some empty spots instantly.
Good job folks - and happy birthday PG!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Get in the holiday spirit by |
coming to the workday this Saturday
Our monthly workday is coming up this Saturday, December 7th from 10am-12; come get in the holiday spirit with a little digging in the crisp winter air! Please meetup at Pennsylvania Garden, and we’ll disperse from there. We have the necessary tools and gloves, and like always, whether you're a new or returning volunteer, all are welcome.
With the commencement of the 'shopping season' I've noted a few monikers for the days:
Small Business Saturday
I think we should add 'Green Saturday'
noun Day of volunteer gardening in Potrero Hill
You wouldn't have to buy anything, or wait in a line, but I can almost guarantee that you'll have a great feeling of satisfaction after the workday!
Posted by Emily (Dr. Eucalyptus) at 9:54 PM
Sunday, November 3, 2013
|Can you identify this caterpillar for us?|
After a little bit we were joined by Jackie, Nate, Eliot and Jenny, so I organized the group for different tasks as the workday continued. After Annie was done weeding at PRG, she joined Matt for the remainder of the workday on a special project of putting in some additional Agaves in at the northern end of PRG. Meanwhile, the rest of the group set about to rid the southern end of PRG of fennel, and Jackie came across a really cool caterpillar. If you know its proper name please comment or send me a note (email@example.com). Jenny patiently hand watered from the corner to the start of the redwood fence, giving the Salvias and other non-cactus/agave plants in the garden a well deserved drink; they've made it through the dry summer, and are ready and waiting for some real rain.
|Nate, Eliot and Jackie making the triangle|
garden look extra nice
Sunday, October 6, 2013
|Leslie and Amanda in position to reclaim|
the path from the Helichrysum
|Mary and Amandy tidy the border|
|Pull weeds like pesky sorrel|
now before the rains hit!
|Mint in the pathway begone,|
Keyvan is here!
Monday, September 16, 2013
at Pennsylvania Railroad Garden
We are very fortunate to be able to garden in San Francisco and have created a few public gardens that we invite you to visit. All of the gardens are publicly accessible, open all hours, and are collectively managed by volunteers from the community. Our mission is to create beautiful, accessible public green spaces in our neighborhood, Potrero Hill, in San Francisco.
|Volunteer Team from The Presidio Group |
at Pennsylvania Garden
October 5th. You can find more information about workdays
You can also donate directly to the garden and don't hesitate to contact us if you have some exciting plants or other things to donate.
Here is a quick overview of the gardens
Pennsylvania Garden - the first garden,
|Dogs are welcome to visit all of the gardens|
Pennsylvania Railroad Garden - the newest garden, which runs the entire 100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, and features exceptionally drought-tolerant plantings and 23 street trees. This garden is in partnership with SFPA, CCG, PUC and DPW.
Mariposa Center Garden - What was once an illicit entrance to the railroad tracks is now a cute garden featuring mostly
|Nate and Paloma tidy up|
the Pennsylvania Triangle Garden
Triangle Garden - this lovely triangular shaped garden was designed and installed by the Potrero Hill Garden Club, and it is now maintained by us - it's just across the street from Pennsylvania Garden.
Hope to see you around the garden soon!
Saturday, September 14, 2013
|Christian zaps tags|
Today after I set up the hoses to water the trees and picked up all the trash on the street I was joined by the wonderful Jackie and her husband Christian and all their power tools. Together we spent a couple hours buffing the tags out. Presto - magically clean fence!
|Jackie and Christian|
So, dear taggers - take note: we're going to be removing your tags; why not come to a workday and contribute something meaningful instead?