Sonoma Garden Park Update

I just received this email from Tiona Gundy of the Ecology Center and the Sonoma Garden Park. If you haven’t yet experienced the Garden Park, you are in for a treat. Volunteer days are every Wednesday and Saturday, November 06 through February 07 from 10am to 1pm. Come spring, there will be a different schedule.

Winter Greetings from Sonoma Garden Park

Wow! 2006 was a big year for us. Reflecting over it, I think of so many wonderful happenings at the Sonoma Garden Park. Thanks to all the volunteers and staff, we have had a “fruitful” (pun intended) and delicious Harvest Market season, the community garden plots are thriving, many interesting workshops were held for adults and youth, and friendships and partnerships are growing! Thank you to all who taught workshops: Yeti “The Barefoot Gardener”, Marlie Wesner, Paul Wirtz, Bill Wiebalk, Tamara Unger and Angela Casazza.
New workshop calendar, coming soon!

The Beekeeping Project, headed up by Bill Wiebalk with much help from Tina Tovey, Will Ackley and Gabby Albright has flourished and we sold our first ever, Sonoma Garden Park Honey! We’ve created a label for our Lavender Hydrosol Mist which makes it an even better gift. (I can’t live without it and I know I’m not alone!). Seed packets were designed and decorated by one of our volunteers. Seeds were collected. Students from Justin-Sienna High School and Sonoma Valley High School put in Environmental Service Learning hours. Several youth groups came to volunteer, mulching fruit trees, building compost piles, weeding and harvesting. We appreciate the Sonoma County Volunteer Center and Roots for Youth for bringing young people to the garden! The Firemen’s Fund sent employees out for two days of pruning, weeding, mulching, and digging garden beds! Woodland Star Charter School continues to bring classes on field trips and to tend their garden plots.

We held some important fundraising events. Thank you to all who contributed! We are still accepting donations toward our matching fund grant, which will help us build an Education Center, restrooms and wheelchair accessible pathways linked to a Children’s Discovery Trail.
Please call me if you’d like to donate or need more information!

The Mid-Summer Garden Frolic was quite a lot of fun! Remember? The food, the wine and the music! I look forward to next summer’s events!

Happy Winter Solstice to everyone! May the return of the light be a joyous time for all!

*VOLUNTEER HOURS (Dec. – Feb.) WED. & SAT. 10AM – 1PM
Or by appointment… Hope to see you there!
Stop by to share ideas, harvest some swiss chard and carrots, and celebrate the coming New Year!

• several tarps to cover our compost piles
• straw bales (preferably rice straw which can be ordered through Brocco’s or the Granary Feed Store, or picked up at Larsen’s in Cotati)
• nursery starter soil mix (ask me about details)
• Garden forks
Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120
cell: 337-2235

Sonoma Garden Park, a gift from Pauline Bond, is located at 19990 Seventh St. East and is an educational campus of the Sonoma Ecology Center. (click on garden link)