THIS PROGRAM HAS YET AGAIN BEEN RESCHEDULED DUE TO RAIN. NEW DATE THURSDAY SEPT 27, NEW TIME 1 -3.
This program is the second of two site visits this year to the private landscapes of veteran RIWPS members. These visits are open to members only, as a special thanks for their support and in many cases, countless volunteer hours. Our second visit is to landscape of Sally Johnson.
Tucked into a small lot on Bullocks Cove in Riverside, adjacent to the East Bay bike path, Sally’s garden has become a coastal wildlife refuge. Where a six-car parking lot once met the high tide line, a rain garden edged by a sand dune covered with beach grass now slopes to a little beach and a buffer of bayberry, sweet fern, winterberry and beach plum. By mid-September, the goldenrods, asters and native grasses should be quite a show.
The phragmites have been replaced by smooth cordgrass, high tide bush, and baccharis, which will be covered with its little white paintbrushes. But there is more. On the roof of the house is a rain garden with a little dune planted with beach grasses and prickly pear cactus. Yet another rain garden by the driveway collects water from the street and garage to support swamp azalea and cranberries.
A small rectangular fishpond set into the only formal lawn serves as a dooryard, welcoming neighbors to feed the fish, as well as creating privacy for a terrace below. The pond is home to cattails, native water lilies and cardinal flowers. Created over the past six years, the garden is not only a haven for people, but also for many birds and insects that could not have been sustained by a parking lot. Sally and her husband, Curtis Betts, have spotted more than 60 bird species, including the seaside sparrow and marsh wren. Sally notes that the tide will be high, so anyone inclined to kayak may borrow a boat.
Fee: $10.00. Your member $5.00 walk pass(es) may be used toward the cost of this event.
There is a limit of 12 persons for this program. We recommend you register early.
Note: A few days before the site visit registrants will be sent an e mail with the directions to this site visit.
Advance Registration Required