Sunday, Oct 11 from 2 – 5 pm, open House at Pleasant Hill Instructional Garden, Pleasant Hill Education Center, 1 Santa Barbara Rd. at Hawthorne Road, behind the Pleasant Hill Library

We are having an Open House Celebration and educational event (all free) at our garden, Pleasant Hill Instructional Garden in the East Bay, on October 11.

Sarah, Dr. Franke’s assistant from the UCB Bee Farm, will give a walk and talk in the garden to teach about native bees. I will be giving a garden tour to describe the native plants and wildlife habitat we have created, restoring the formerly abandoned site. The garden demonstrates water conservation methods in several ways. We will provide a hands-on composting demonstration and show ways to recycle and reuse materials.

I will provide a lesson on weather, using the weather station on site that broadcasts online 24/7 (http://www.weatherlink.com/user/phig/index.php?view=main&headers=1 ) and is used as part of the Citizen Weather Observer Network to report to NASA and NOAA for better forecasts and long range planning.

Potentially we will also do some water quality studies/activities including the creek behind the school that will kickoff some further middle school and high school involvement in hands-on environmental curriculum planned by our Green Team in Pleasant Hill. There will be something of interest for everyone and families are invited to attend.

We also will have a few exhibitors which include so far: California Native Plant Society East Bay Chapter (of course!), Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm, Wild Birds Unlimited, Contra Costa Master Gardeners, the UCB Bee Farm, and PHIG (of course).

Welcome at the Open House to everyone!

Monika Olsen, teacher
olsenmonika@netscape.net
voicemail: 925-482-6670
RSVP: phigarden@gmail.com
Donations gladly accepted—PHIG is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization