Great news for those itching to don garden gloves and do some good in this world. Gloved ones should steer toward the three-acre Arroyo Seco-South Pasadena Woodland and Wildlife Park for its monthly clean-up day. Those without gloves are welcome, too. The park is semi-secretly located in the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue, near York Boulevard and the 110.
Saturday, January 28 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., volunteer groups will gather round horticulturist and park doyenne Barbara Eisenstein. The work schedule includes planting, removing invasive weeds, and sowing wildflower seeds. A park tour, weed ID and planting instruction will be covered in the morning orientation. Bring questions about suitable plants for the South Pasadena microclimates, and bring your thanks for the two bioswales installed for additional ground water infiltration during rains.
Eisenstein isn’t one to nag, but she gently suggested a few pertinent items to ease the work flow. Hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, close-toed shoes, comfortable clothing, and your own hand tools for weeding are favored implements. Mindfulness is helpful, too. Bird and dragonfly watching is encouraged, and poison ivy will be identified, to avoid hurt feelings and inflamed skin later.
This South Pasadena retreat is home to mature California trees such as coast live oaks, western sycamores and native walnuts. The Friends of the Nature Park have been repopulating the area with native plant understories to support local animals and insects groups. and providing education and recreation to visiting humans since 2006.
A kernel of an idea in the last century (1998), the park officially opened in 2004. Since 2006, community volunteers have provided the steam and muscle for weekly trash clean-up, and monthly weed abatement and desirable plant care. For more information or notifications of future clean-up dates, contact Barbara Eisenstein or visit the Nature Park blog, nativebydesign.blogspot.com.