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Monthly Archives: 12/2012

heavy rain impacts Blake Garden

Posted on by Surprise Highway
Filed under: Education, Water, Restoration, Video,

Within the last few days we have gotten over 5 inches of rain. A tributary of Cerrito creek runs through the garden and is impacted by urban runoff. The video is of water blasting through the garden after a big down pour on Sunday morning. We recently repaired the base of the waterfall with volunteers from St. Mary's High School along with our staff, volunteers and EDSET interns from Albany High school. The repair seems to be holding up and was done just in the nick of time.


Sea Creature Succulent Garden

Posted on by Surprise Highway
Filed under: Education, Flora & Fauna,

We found an interesting design in a landscape magazine of an "Underwater" theme garden made with succulents. We have just finished some construction at the front entrance of the greenhouse and thought we would give the design a try. The plants we used are echevarias, sedums, aeoniums, aloes, agaves, euphorbias along with some interesting rocks, sea glass and shells. Our Albany High School EDSET interns Micaela and Carl helped by  the planting the beds.



Berkeley HS photo students at Blake

Posted on by Surprise Highway
Filed under: Art In The Garden, Education,

Berkeley High School students from Lucinda Daly's photo class came to the garden in October, and took some stunning photos. Concurrently the U.C.Landscape Architecture Undergraduate students had their temporary installations  up in the garden from the Revealing the Landscape project.