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The Importance of So Much Little White Fluff

The Importance of So Much Little White Fluff

Sometimes it seems like San Francisco summer finally arrives in September/October. It seems the endless bank of fog finally lifts and the sun shines down upon us all—making Baker Beach a popular destination.

If you find yourself strolling down the sand ladder to enjoy some time on the beach, look out... more >>


October 2012 | Leave a comment

Help Name a Shady New Building

09 Help Name a Shady New Building

The Presidio Native Plant Nursery—one of six nurseries in the Golden Gate National Parks—will soon open a long-awaited structure: a new 72’ by 110’ shadehouse!

A shadehouse is a structure used to house tender plants coming out of a greenhouse, as a way to harden them off and get them ready... more >>


September 2012 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Why Don't We Just Buy Plants to Restore the Parks?

Why We Grow Our Own Plants

By Betty Young
Director, Native Plant Nurseries

Some have asked: Why don’t we just buy plants from our local nurseries to restore the park? In short, the Parks Conservancy grows native plants from seed because such a practice increases the chances of the plants’ survival.

Volunteers help us collect seed from close-by... more >>


July 2012 | Leave a comment

How a Seed Gets on the Move

How a Seed Gets on the Move

If you’ve been out in the Golden Gate National Parks walking your dog recently, you may have noticed that your furry friend was covered in burrs. Plants are relentless in spreading their future generations far and wide—even going so far as to hitch a ride on your pet. In the... more >>


June 2012 | Leave a comment

The Importance of Knowing What "Invasive" Means

The Importance of Knowing What

Native. Indigenous. Non-native. Exotic. Invasive.

What do these words mean to you? No matter what the context, these terms have strong connotations. It's no wonder that volunteers sometimes balk when we use these hot-button terms to describe plant species existing in the Golden Gate National Parks. Also, we all make the... more >>



Native Plant Nurseries Build Bridges of Natural Habitat

Native Plant Nurseries Build

With the build-up to the joyous celebration for the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, I can’t help but think of what this amazing icon means and the role it plays in our beloved Golden Gate National Parks. What does this beautiful landmark bridge?

The naturalist in me thinks of the... more >>


May 2012 | Leave a comment

The Hunt for Bulbs in Redwood Creek Watershed

Plant Bulb

The Spring Equinox is almost upon us and it’s the time of year when we all wait for the rains to get the wildflower show started. At the Redwood Creek Nursery, though, we are collecting something a little different this year.

This year we are on the hunt for bulbs, specifically... more >>


April 2012 | Leave a comment

A Bloomin' Good Time

Clarkia

The Big Show is back. One of the most beautiful natural phenomena in our Golden Gate National Parks, the spring wildflower display generally begins in March and reaches its peak in April and May. This year, however, splashes of color are hitting the landscape-sized... more >>


March 2012 | Leave a comment

A Shamrock or a Sham?

Oxalis oregano

People often equate four-leafed clovers with shamrocks—probably because both are said to bring luck—but the original significance of the shamrock is more closely tied to the sacredness of groups of three in Celtic tradition.

Interestingly, there is no one species known in Ireland to be... more >>


March 2012 | Leave a comment

What's Hiding Under the Pines?

Winter Wonderland

The seasonal game of hide and go seek has begun! There are many players involved, so it is good to know what you are up against. What am I talking about? Mushroom hunting of course.

This seasonal adventure game is one of my favorite winter... more >>


March 2012 | Leave a comment

 

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