Weaving Restoration Garden

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is creating a new garden space that is useful for teaching the natural and cultural history of our region while restoring the natural landscape. A seasonal riparian area  at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden has been identified by staff as a viable site to begin restoration efforts. This multi-year project will provide the community  with a new garden that celebrates local space, traditional uses of native plants, and the cultures that tend and use these plants.

A list of native plants was developed by Jeanette Acosta, Chumash member and indigenous permaculture designer, that will aid in the restoration of the garden site and are traditionally used in Chumash basket weaving. This multi-year restoration project is a collaboration between Cal Poly students, SLOBG staff, and volunteer propagation team. Plant research is overseen by Cal Poly professor Dr. Rajakaruna. Lead volunteers coordinate restoration efforts, including: weeding, mulching, plant propagation, research, and fundraising. 

We estimate this project to cost around $10,000. We are looking for and appreciate any amount of support we can receive, no matter the size. SLOBG greatly appreciates our sponsors, and provides a variety of recognition levels for donations above a minimum threshold. If a monetary donation is not possible, we would love to hear how you would like to get involved. Click HERE to Donate!

Garden Plantings

STAGE 1: plant Fall 2019

Acmispon glaber               Deerweed    
Artemisia californica         California Sagebrush
Eriogonum fasciculatum    California Buckwheat
Frangula californica           Coffee Berry
Heteromeles arbutifolia     Toyon
Salvia mellifera                  Black Sage
Salvia spathacea                Hummingbird Sage
Umbellularia californica     California Bay Laurel

STAGE 2: propagate Fall 2019
Arctostaphylos sp               Manzanita
Artemisia douglasiana       Mugwort
Cercis occidentalis              California Redbud
Chlorogalum pomeridianum     Soap Plant                                    
Clinopodium douglasii      Yerba Buena
Diplacus (Mimulus) aurantiacus   Sticky Monkey Flower           
Muhlenbergia rigens          Deer Grass
Salvia apiana                     White Sage
Scrophularia californica     Figwort
Umbellularia californica     California Bay Laurel

STAGE 3: searching for plant material Fall 2019-Spring 2020
Apocynum cannabinum     Indian Hemp Dogbane
Bromus carinatus              California Brome
Carex barbarae                  Santa Barbara Sedge
Carex obnupta                   Slough Sedge
Ceanothus cuneatus          Buck Brush
Elymus glaucus                 Blue Wildrye
Eriodictyon tomentosum   Yerba Santa
Juncus phaeocephalus      Brownhead rush
Juncus textilis                    Basket Rush
Lupinus albifrons              Silver Bush Lupine
Rhus Trilobata                   Skunk Bush or Sourberry
Rosa californica                 California Wildrose
Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea   Black Elderberry
Stachys bullata                  California Hedgenettle
Stipa pulchra Purple Needlegrass

PROJECT TIMELINE
YEAR ONE 

IN PROGRESS

WINTER (JANUARY 2019-FEBRUARY)
-grant application funding
-finalizing research on plant propagation methods and sourcing for different plants

EARLY SPRING (FEBRUARY-MARCH) 
-source plant material for propagation
-prepare layout for different plant species dependent on the creek bed
-Begin construction and establishment of stepping-stone bridge and steps for access and reduced slope erosion

LATE SPRING (APRIL-MAY)
-begin propagating and germinating from purchased plant material to maximize plant amount
-plant seeds of selected plant species in the creek or propagate in the greenhouse
-continue to weed and mulch to control non-native plant species

SUMMER (JUNE-AUGUST) 
-continue to tend propagated materials
-remove dead shrubs and clear out inappropriate plants along the restoration site
-begin construction and establishment of stone bridge and steps for the aesthetic appearance of the garden 
-continue to weed and mulch to control non-native plant species

FALL (SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 2019) 
-continue cutting back and clear any reappearing shrubs of non-native and invasive species
-begin planting native plant “islands” once the first rain begins
-seed collection and plant propagation continues

YEAR TWO

WINTER (NOVEMBER 2019-FEBRUARY)
-planting the “STAGE 1” plants to establish root and backbone for the garden
-continue mulching, site maintenance, and propagation of “STAGE 2” plants

EARLY SPRING (FEBRUARY-MARCH) 
-continue mulching and weed control in the area
-hand water as needed

LATE SPRING (APRIL-MAY)
-begin propagation of plants listed in “STAGE 3” and any others plants that did not survive the transplantation
-install hardscape benches and path

SUMMER (JUNE-AUGUST)
-water seedlings
-continue propagating next set up plants that will be introduced in the following winter

FALL (SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 2020)
-prep-site for winter plantings 
-mulch around plantings