Garden update: Plants delivered, walking paths created

March 7, 2014

Spring is in the air at the Potter-Church Garden. The crew amended the soil this week to prepare the ground for planting and worked to restore the pathways of the garden. The paths, made of decomposed granite, are defined by metal borders. Plants were delivered Wednesday. Next week, the landscape contractor comes to the site to “place” the plants and then Laura Livingston will begin digging the holes to insert the plants.

California State Parks Foundation comes to the Castro Adobe

January 25, 2014

Members of the California State Parks Foundation visited the Castro Adobe in January. The field trip, part of a meeting the Foundation held in Santa Cruz, gave members a chance to tour the Adobe and see first-hand the restoration in progress at the property.

Potter-Church Garden work begins in earnest

January 16, 2014

Work on the Potter-Church Garden at the Castro Adobe kicked off in mid-January with landscape contractor Laura Livingston and her team starting on the project. The first priority was installing security fencing around the garden. The security fence will provide protection as the deteriorated grape stake fence is removed, though portions of the fence will be salvaged for re-use.

The next step is to rebuild the fence and subsequently digging the trench (which will be located south of the pump house) for water and electrical.  This all has to be carefully planned to work within State Parks constraints as well as include archeological monitoring.

The project should take two to three months to complete, barring any major weather- or archeological-related obstacles. We are looking forward to work progressing on the garden!