Cow parsnip-Heracleum maximum-seeds in hand. This is an important and useful restoration plant in the East Bay Hills.

On August 20th, Golden Hour Restoration Institute will be leading a half-day workshop on seed collection and passive restoration at Garber Park, located in Claremont Canyon, Oakland, CA.  We are leading a second seed collection workshop since the first one was such a big success.  We will talk about some new species for restoration – including grasses.  Notably, we will collect seed from this winter’s restoration site – our first F1 generation from the past years’ restoration efforts.

Elymus glaucus ssp. glaucus - one of our successful restoration plants at Garber - source: Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

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


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