Community Center Gets a New Garden

Written by Estero Bay News

July 1, 2021

Volunteers worked on a project to install a pollinator garden at the South Bay Community Center. Pictured are Elaine Watson, SBCC board member; John Mottmann, Karen Neff, Concetta Argentino, LOVGC members; Wendy McKeown, LOVGC president.

Visitors to the South Bay Community Center will soon see a visual cornucopia of flowering plants in the newly planted pollinator garden.
Members of the Los Osos Valley Garden Club teamed up with volunteers from the South Bay Community Center to restore and rejuvenate the entrance to the facility with a more welcoming view for people to enjoy.

The South Bay Community Center board approached the Los Osos Valley Garden Club to redo the landscaping in front of the center located at 2180 Palisades Ave in Los Osos. Funding to launch the project was provided by a grant of discretionary funds from District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson.
Members of SBCC and LOVGC removed the existing landscaping then replanted and mulched with a variety of California native plants and flowers that promote pollinators such as birds, bees and butterflies.

The garden will be registered as a part of Homegrown National Park ( whose goal is “to restore biodiversity, support life, sequester carbon, feed pollinators and manage water” and the Community Center will now have a fresh new look. Future plans include additional plants and a tree with a retaining wall constructed in the NW corner of the building.

The SLO County Parks and Recreation Dept. also had a hand in the project and provided materials, support and guidance. Coastal Tree Experts provided the mulch. Several volunteers also joined the effort including SBCC board members Bob Rice and Elaine Watson; LOVGC board members Wendy McKeown and Leslie Rotstein, and SLO County Parks and Rec. employees Lasca Gaylord and Craig Duprey.

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