Tree Pruning at Benicia's Native Plant Botanic Garden

August 7, 2020

Benicia Tree Foundation's Second Saturday Tree Care Day in August was held at the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden which is in the Benicia State Recreation Area.  The purpose was to help the Benicia State Parks Association with some needed tree pruning of oaks that were planted from acorns in 1998, when the idea of a botanic garden at this State park was in its infancy.

Norma Deaner of the Benicia State Parks Association tagged the trees to be pruned.  The State sent an biologists to inspect the trees for any active bird nests.  None were found.

COVID-19 regulations required the Benicia Tree Foundation to limit the event to four or five volunteers, so we asked some volunteers who have attended our pruning clinics to see if they wanted to help us tackle this job.  After some phone calls, the volunteers assembled on August 8 at 9 AM.  The State would not allow use of power tools so the trees were pruned with hand saws.  The size of these 22-year-old oaks were impressive.  One Valley Oak and one Live Oak were pruned.

Volunteers from the Benicia State Parks Association helped carry the trimmings down to the dumpster located in the botanic garden's parking lot.  The Benicia State Parks Association recruits volunteers every Saturday and Wednesday to help maintain the botanic garden.

We have scheduled a Second Saturday Tree Care Day at the botanic garden in September to continue our tree trimming. We will ask the State if we can increase the size of the tree pruning crew.  If you are interested in helping on September 12, send an email to info@beniciatrees.org.

Volunteers stand by the biggest pruning cut made on the Valley Oak.

 

Steve Morgan, Benicia Tree Foundation Volunteer, works on a Coast Live Oak planted in 1998 at the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden.

 

State Park rangers work on transferring the tree trimmings to the dumpster in the botanic garden parking lot.

Benicia State Parks Association sent this "Thank You" photo to the Benicia Tree Foundation for the Second Saturday Tree Care Day at the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden.