Garber Park Seed Collection Workshop A Success

Tuesday’s workshop which was aimed at teaching the basics of responsible and effective seed collection was a success.  Participants learned about collection techniques, identifying seed maturity, and proper storage.  Three plants offered viable seed for collection: giant vetch (Vicia nigricans var. gigantea), cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum), and thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus).  We inspected a few seeds with a microscope – here’s giant vetch.

After collection and inspection, seeds were redistributed in a weed management project area that has been treated for Himalaya berry, a highly invasive non-native blackberry.  Below Bob is spreading seeds on the restoration site.  Here’s a link to the handout with germane information on seed collection. (Note: PDF document may take a few moments to load)

Here’s a brief summary of the day from an attendee:

Lech was incredible—sorry I could not stay I was able to contribute by gathering quite a few seeds on the uppermost part of the trail from theVicia nigricans gigantea.  Your group’s work and the planting project are outstanding and I like Lech’s very locavore emphasis.

I had never been to Garber Park. I was excited to see Acer negundo, Fraxinus, Alnus rhombifolia, lots of invading Epipactis helleborine and tons of Ash –Fraxinus along with cream bush Holodiscus, lots of fairy bells-Disporum hookeri, Dryopteris , Elymus, bromes and Juncus—not to mention 2 kinds of Solanums- blue witch and a white flowered solanum. I think Garber Park has fascinating diversity. I admire your fight against the dreaded Himalayan Blackberry and you and your group have done an incredible job on the park.  – A.S.



Garber Park Seed Collection and Passive Restoration Workshop

Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus) almost ready for collection in Garber Park.

Today Golden Hour Restoration Institute is leading a half-day workshop on seed collection and passive restoration at Garber Park, located in Claremont Canyon, Oakland, CA. Please join us at 11 am for this free workshop.

Here’s the announcement from our sponsor, Garber Park Stewards:


The Garber Park Stewards are pleased to present the first of what we hope will be many onsite workshops that explore and advance the overall project of wildland restoration at the urban/wildland interface. We invite you to attend!

Seed Collection and Passive Restoration Workshop
Instructor: Lech Naumovich, Golden Hour Restoration Institute

Seed collection and identification techniques will be the focus of this workshop including plants of bay-oak woodland and big-leaf maple forest vegetation types. Workshop is appropriate for people of all botanical and restoration inclinations and skill levels.

This workshop will highlight the ongoing restoration efforts in Garber Park with an emphasis on “assisted dispersal”, a technique that moves seed from native plants located in one portion of the worksite to another area where the plants historically occurred.

Meet at the Evergreen entrance. Expect this workshop to run 3-4 hours so bring snacks, water, and workboots to help the restoration effort.

For Question or more information contact Shelagh at

Range Camp, Elkus Ranch

For our 5th year in a row, Golden Hour will be teaching a plant ID course in beautiful San Mateo, California at Elkus Ranch. Range Camp is a great opportunity for advanced high school students interested in ecology and rangeland science. We’re proud to be a part of year 27!
Bonus points – can you name the species of the grass line drawing found on the flyer?

A New Webpage!

Golden Hour is transitioning to a new webpage which will be more interactive and user friendly.  We will be posting announcements of new events, projects, important news, and other information through this page.  Our organizational information can be found through the “about”, “people”, or “projects” tabs.  Thanks for your patience as we work out the hiccups!