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The Joy of Mulching

  Although summer has yielded to fall, the Loma Prieta fire still raging in the Santa Cruz Mountains is a reminder that fire season is not yet over. Fire, an integral part of California’s ecology, can still wreak havoc after … Continue reading

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1st Day of Spring Bird & Plant Identification Walk

Vicki Silvas-Young is a lifetime birder and native plant aficionado active in both Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and the California Native Plant Society. When she offered to lead a beginner’s bird and plant identification walk at Lake Cunningham Park, … Continue reading

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Piedmont Hills High Red Cross Club Conquers Invasives

This wet year has brought much needed moisture to California. The native plants love the moisture; so do the invasive plants. In particular, the park has invasive grasses from the Avena, Bromus, Loleum, and Hordeum genera. These sun-loving grasses germinate … Continue reading

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Planting Deergrass

Saturday, January 2, 2016, was a cold, winter day in San Jose. It was cloudy but dry, the air was still, the temperature outside a chilly 41°F. In spite of that, a record number of volunteers showed up for the … Continue reading

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Proposed Expansion

A plan for expanding the Native Garden at Lake Cunningham Park has been submitted to park staff. Under this plan, the garden would expand to cover the remaining area between the Park Road and Inner Lake Path, from the dirt … Continue reading

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Volunteers at Work

Last week, volunteers Fran and Chris pointed out that when we are working in the native garden, many people pass by us without a second glance in our direction; they mistake us for park staff doing our job maintaining the … Continue reading

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Maintenance and Planting

Thanks to a surplus from a city restoration project, Lake Cunningham Park has received a batch of native plants collected and propagated from a local watershed. On Thursday, December 24, 2015, 12 toyons were planted on Tully Road between White Road … Continue reading

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Independence High Red Cross Club Mulches Picnic Area Bed

On Saturday, December 12, a small but incredibly effective team from Independence High School mulched the bed adjacent to the picnic area at the southern end of the lake. Clinton Nguyen, board member of the American Red Cross Club, his … Continue reading

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Tully Road Planting

In 2006, Lake Cunningham Volunteers initiated a project to reduce the use of herbicides for weed control in the frontage bed along Tully Road, and to landscape the area with water-wise, habitat-wise, low maintenance California native plants. In the summer of … Continue reading

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The Native Garden Is Thriving

Have you visited Lake Cunningham Park recently? Have you walked by the Native Garden? I hope you do, because you are going to like what you see. Even after the long 5-year drought, the Native Garden at Lake Cunningham Park … Continue reading

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