Once we arrived, I saw the words “Presidio Native Plant Nursery” on the map. Since I’m like a meat bee to a barbecue when it comes to nurseries, I convinced Holly that we should go. She agreed and thought we could get there easily by walking. Ha! (we did get a lot of exercise). It was a bit of a trek, but we finally found it.
The plants in the nursery are grown from seeds gathered from native plants in the park. The nursery grows seedlings of plants such as oak, ceanothus, current and various grasses to be planted on the Presidio grounds.
That day one of the tasks was cutting back a native grass called red fescue (Festuca rubra). Cutting back each little container of grass was strangely satisfying. As we did so, we started brainstorming possible future projects like a fairy garden coloring book for kids.
After cutting grass for a while, we were told there would be a snack break. There was a tasty spread laid out along with hot tea and coffee. I talked to Rebecca, one of the volunteer managers, who told me that the nursery is grateful for the volunteers who allow them to accomplish so much more than they could do on their own.
If you decide to go:
The Presidio Native Plant Nursery
The Presidigo (free shuttle in and around the Presidio)
The San Remo (one of Anne’s favorite hotels)
*Volunteer times are Wednesdays and Saturdays between 1-4 p.m.
All photos by Holly Guenther