The New York Times, Sunday Review
"The Earth Is Just As Alive As You Are"
gARDEN pARTY at Phuong Le's!
On Sunday, June 27th from 10 am to noon 4 club members joined about 15 other volunteers to mulch some of the trees at the Memorial Grove in the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area. Stephen Prée, the City Arborist, told us the terrible news that according to what dendrologists can see in tree rings, it looks like the current drought is the worst in the last 1200 years!...
"...Trees, algae and other photosynthetic organism produce most of the world's breathable oxygen, helping maintain it at a level high enough to support complex life, but not so high that Earth would erupt in flames at the slightest spark. Ocean plankton drive chemical cycles on which all other life depends and emit gases that increase cloud cover, altering global climate. Seaweed, coral reefs and shellfish store huge amounts of carbon, balance the ocean's chemistry and defend shorelines from severe weather. And animals as diverse as elephants, prairie dogs and termites continually reconstruct the planet's crust, altering the flow of water, air and nutrients and improving the prospects of millions of species.
Humans are the most extreme example of a creature transforming Earth. By spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, we have drastically altered the planet's response to solar radiation, spiking global temperatures, raising sea levels and intensifying storms..."
The El Cerrito Garden Club members create lovely
one-of-a-kind floral designs for the Club's meetings.
Barbara and Bob Post our member Critique Masters,
know their stuff, sharing their knowledge and wonder
insights about the displays
The members really bring their A-game!
Side-by-side, first-timers, with more "seasoned"
arrangers! It is difficult to tell them apart, as all are so
creative and beautiful under the encouragement of
Barbara and Bob!
We have wonderful programs!
Bring your yummy eats and join us on ZOOM!
We welcome you!
El Cerrito Garden Club
Eye spy with my little eye these awesome
HOT SPOTS! Whaat!!!
Marianne Aubert (garden)
Sarah Sirchuck (soil and materials give-a-way! See what the neighbor children created.)
EL CERITO HIGH SCHOOL GARDEN
I am so happy that we had an incredibly successful work party in the garden yesterday. About 25 volunteers showed up and about half were students.
They washed all the chairs, spread 5 cubic yards of mulch, tended the native plants, planted butterfly nectar flowers, planted a small succulent garden and chased down every weed. The garden has never looked better. I hope you can visit soon.--Sarah Sirchuk
MEMBERS MASKING THEIR TALENTS!!!
CREATE IN PLACE!
SHOW OFF YOUR GARDEN!
SHOW OFF YOUR CREATIONS!
Let us know you are out there!
Good Health and Peace!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Service to Others!
"The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not
be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant,
think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without
diminishing the world." - Michael Pollan