Newsletter: February 2011

Give a Valentine’s gift that can speak volumes without a word ever being said. Traditionally roses are the expected gift, but what about a rose that will bloom the entire year and whose color represents something unique about your special someone? If this gift sounds perfect for your Valentine, look no farther than the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden!

With your donation of $50.00, the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy can help you select the perfect rose. Perhaps you will choose pink for grace, white for innocence, or red for that deep and undying love and respect you are feeling. We can also search our database of roses to see if your Valentine’s name matches one of our 3,600 historic roses. Your rose will be marked in the garden with an engraved plaque with your own personal inscription for one full year. You will receive a beautiful Valentine’s box that includes a small box of decadent chocolates from Schurra’s Candy Factory, a large gourmet cookie from Café Too! at the San Jose Museum of Art, and two tickets for the Children’s Carousel at Arena Green. You will also receive a special gift card announcing your rose adoption.

Gift packages will be available for pick-up, prior to Valentine's Day, at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor & Education Center located at 438 Coleman Avenue.


In the News...

Each month, City Parks Alliance, a national urban park advocacy organization, recognizes two “Frontline Parks” to “promote inspiring examples of urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship across the country in the face of shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures and urban neighborhood decay.” Guadalupe River Park was one of the parks featured last month. "We selected Guadalupe River Park for recognition because it exemplifies the power of public-private partnerships to create and maintain urban parks that make our cities sustainable and vibrant," said Catherine Nagle, executive director of CPA. "We hope that by shining the spotlight on this park we can raise awareness about both the necessity and the promise of these kinds of partnerships to spur investment in out nation's urban park."


Orchard Update: February 2011

What an eventful month for the Historic Orchard! Many hands have helped maintain the health of our trees this past January, and February promises to be just as busy. Demand for our first dormant fruit tree pruning workshop was so high that the Conservancy decided to offer a second, impromptu workshop, which filled up just as quickly as the first. It feels great to share the orchard with such an eager community of fruit tree enthusiasts. Many thanks to local landscaping experts Sean McGrail and Nancy Garrison for leading these workshops with wonderful discussions and helpful demonstrations. We all warmly appreciate their time and efforts!


Are you a Green Gardener? Would you like to manage landscaping using ecological techniques that help conserve water, protect the soil and reduce the use of pesticides? Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener certification program is a ten-week course that trains landscape maintenance professionals to use resources wisely, conserve water, protect the soil, and reduce waste. A Green Gardener is trained to improve the health and appearance more>>>


Watchable Wildlife
The Burrowing Owl is the only owl that nests underground and is active both day and night. These small owls are Bay Area residents, but are hard to see because they stand at just under a foot and weigh only about four to eight ounces. If you are lucky enough to spot a Burrowing Owl, you may see them standing watch on one foot, chasing down grasshoppers and other insects with their talons, or perching over fields before swooping down on their prey. More>>>


Meet the Board: Jack Wimberly
Jack Wimberly is highly active in the community through business, advocacy and service. He is the founder and Firm Director of Transparency, a downtown San Jose-based communications consultancy empowering organizations to better reach and better serve their audiences. Working closely with start-up companies, large corporations, civic advocacy groups, and charitable foundations, Jack leads a qualified team of experts connecting technology, creativity and effectiveness. Jack is Chairman of Today’s Young Professionals (TYP). His efforts to open doors for his generation to business, service, cultural and civic organizations promotes the role of young professionals in the development of Silicon Valley. A former neighborhood association president, he actively advocates for the smart promotion and development of downtown San Jose. Jack actively serves as Vice Chair of San Jose Rotary’s Downtown Development and Membership Development committees, and is a Director of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.


Meet volunteer Joan Kyle-Baerman
Joan was born and raised in the Missoula, Montana area and graduated with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana. She moved to Everett, WA and was a probation officer, welder, and then an aircraft planner at Boeing. Joan earned a Master’s in Business from Seattle University before moving to San Jose in 1982. Joan retired from Lockheed Martin after 28+ years in the satellite program group. She has been volunteering for years, lately at sports events - golf, soccer and Olympics. Joan found us during a walk along the river and became interested in our many classes and outreach activities. She began volunteering at events (Trail Count, Spring in Guadalupe Gardens, Pumpkins in the Park) and then in the office. Joan said, "I am enthused about GRPC because of such an interesting focus on the environment, watershed, and history of the area, and so many classes. In addition, the staff and other volunteers are great." Joan loves gardening and is interested in water-wise gardening and beneficial plants for pollinators. She is currently taking both Master Composter and Master Gardener courses. We really appreciate Joan's many and varied contributions to our organization, including the wheat grass and other greens she grows for Patch.

Upcoming Events ~ Kids

Off the Wall
Friday, February 11th
3:30 to 5:00pm
Ages 5 to 10
$10/members, $15/non-members

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so nature must have a lot to say! Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy as we get creative in this outdoor art adventure. Learn how to use different types of media, such as watercolors, pastels, and charcoal. Test your techniques indoors by sketching live animals, and then take your artistic skills outside where we will observe and draw something we find in the park. You’re the artist, so let nature be your inspiration!


Hug-a-Tree and Survive
Saturday, February 19th
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 7 to 11

Inspired by the search for a nine-year old boy in 1981 in Southern California, the Hug-a-Tree and Survive program was developed to educate children about a few of the most basic and vital outdoor survival principles. This program is designed for children between the ages of 7 to 11 years, but the entire family can benefit from this fun and interactive class. The workshop will be led by San Jose Park Rangers and involves a video presentation followed by practical demonstrations. Over the last 25 years, many children have survived being lost in parks and other outdoor settings because of their experience with the Hug-a-Tree and Survive Program. If your family hikes, camps, fishes or otherwise uses the outdoors please consider attending!


Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Friday, March 11th
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages 5 to 10
$10/members, $15/non-members



Upcoming Events ~ Adults

Renovating your Landscape
2 Saturdays, February 5th and 12th
10:00 to 1:30pm
$35/members, $45/non-memb

Do you ever come home, look around and wish you could re-landscape, just start all over again? Somehow the vision and the way it looks now have become too much work, money or time for the dream? Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and Roberta Barnes to learn how to evaluate and rework you landscape to bring beauty to your home and be more in tune with our Mediterranean climate and local ecology. In this 2-class series, you will understand how to get the most from your irrigation system, improve your soil, control weeds and pests and care for your lawn and options to reduce or replace it. Pruning basics and renovation pruning will also be covered.  Learning about tough plants that thrive in our climate, along with tips to help home gardeners make good plant choices.

Bon Appétit! Talk Culinary Herbs with Joan Cloutier
Saturday, February 26th
10:00am to 12:00pm
$10/members, $15/non-members

Have you ever wondered what makes a slice of pizza taste so great? The secret ingredient is herbs! Fresh basil, oregano, and parsley are a few of the many delicious herbs that bring pizza and the rest of our food to life! Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy to learn how to grow your own culinary herbs in an apartment or backyard garden. Special guest speaker, Master Gardener, Joan Cloutier, will teach you how to incorporate herbs into your vegetable garden or ornamental area, how herbs can be grown in all seasons, how herbs can be combined in the same pots as flowers, and many more exciting lessons that will allow you to jumpstart your very own culinary herb garden! Although we’re concentrating on culinary herbs, even the advanced herb grower will learn something new!

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
Wednesdays from March 2nd
through April 6th

7:00 to 9:00pm
$60/members, $70/non-members
Instructor: Ann Northrup

Composting Classes
Wednesdays, April 13, June 1
July 6, August 3
6 to 8 pm



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