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Acorn Gathering: A Fall Tradition with a Long History

Acorns

Though the seasonal change in the Bay Area can be subtle, the change in daylight and the slight chill in the air signify a shift in routine for most of us, and the park nurseries are no different. This time of year the nurseries staff is rounding out the growing... more >>


November 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Golden Gate Selected for the 2014 National Geographic BioBlitz

Black-tailed deer (Jessica Weinberg)

National Geographic and the National Park Service have partnered to conduct a BioBlitz in a different national park each year during the decade leading up to the NPS Centennial in 2016. For 24 hours, volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members try to find and identify as many... more >>


October 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Mountain Lake’s Underwater Vegetation: Adventures with Stinky Plants

Michele in the field

A little more than a year ago, I learned that we would be collecting and growing submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) at the Presidio Nursery. Honestly, up until that time, I’d never even given a second thought to those stinky “seaweed”-like plants that grow under the surface of the water.  ... more >>


October 2013 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

Is the Prohibition of Poppy Picking Purely Poppycock?

California Poppies

Often when I use my smartphone to look up the subject of some insignificant curiosity, I have this feeling that surely there are no more believers of harmlessly romantic legends in this age of information.

Yet, time and again, I’ve been asked, with a hint of excitement, “Is it true that... more >>


September 2013 | 4 Comments | Leave a comment

Scouting the “Top Seeds” in the Field

Castilleja

We pay attention to the plant life that colors the trail sides and provides the textured backdrop for our photos. We seek out spring blooms and marvel at nature’s varied flower art.

But when was the last time you stopped to appreciate the seeds that create and propagate these beauties for... more >>


August 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Debunking Myths About California’s Native Plants

Wildflowers

For me, it can be honestly confusing, since in my head brews a romantic comedy of plant love with me cast as the prototypical heroine and the native plants as my hero. I easily envision myself running with bags full of seeds, tossing them in the air, rolling in fields... more >>



It’s Transplantapalooza Season for the Nurseries!

Nursery volunteer

To provide native plants for restoration, the nurseries have to follow a unique cycle that is dictated by the natural cycles in the Golden Gate National Parks. July marks a busy time of year for the nurseries. Not only are restoration managers submitting requests for next year's restoration project plants,... more >>


July 2013 | Leave a comment

Freshly Picked, Tasty Tea Recipes

Strawberry tea leaves

If you’re like me, you have a variety of teas at home that promise you sleepy dreams, good digestion, immune boosters, and more. The sheer number of teas can sometimes be overwhelming—and quite costly. Rather than going to your local grocery store, have you ever considered going out to your... more >>


May 2013 | Leave a comment

Growing Season: Nurseries Spring into Action

Oak Seedling

With spring freshly arrived, you’re probably busy planning your garden for the season. Well, in a sense, the park nurseries are doing the same thing—only we’re not planning for gardens, we’re planning for dozens of park restoration and stewardship sites. With help from our dedicated volunteers, the staff of the... more >>


April 2013 | Leave a comment

The Four-Season Field Guide to Poison Oak

Poison Oak

“Leaves of three, let it be. If it’s hairy, it’s a berry. If it’s shiny, watch your hiney.” That famous rhyme can help you pick out poison oak—for part of the year. But, because Toxicodendron diversilobum is deciduous, what about the other seasons?

To identify poison oak all year-round, just remember... more >>


April 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

 

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