Jungle Stairs had a productive community meeting this week that featured Todd Gilens who presented his recommendations for planting the Eastern and Western Slopes. We reviewed and discussed lots of great options for landscaping the area and will begin narrowing our selection for various plants, trees and flowers. Please direct suggestions and feedback to Marc & Ken. Thank you to Todd for his comprehensive approach and thoughtful designs for the hillside. Thank you to Madeleine for creating beautiful booklets with pictures of plants to select. Thank you to Marc & Mari for hosting.
Check out the links below to review the landscape designs and list of flowers and plants.
The focus of the meeting was a presentation by Todd Gilens, landscape designer, who has been working with Ken, Madeleine, and Marc on creating a proposal for planting Jungle Stairs East and replanting JS West with grant funds from the Mayor’s Community Challenge Grant. Todd reviewed some of the challenges of the sites and their differences, andpresented his vision of a mix of native and non-native species that would create anumber of distinct areas of interest in our project. Consideration was given to plant size, flowering times and colors, foliage, and requirements for sun vs. shade, water, and soil quality issues.
Graphics of the proposed plant layout have been posted at the bulletin board at the top landing of JS West, and comments or questions should be directed to Todd through Madeleine or Ken.
Todd recommended that we anticipate planting in late autumn to maximize the survival rate of new plantings with next winter’s rainy season. In the coming months we will finalize the planting scheme, source the plants from local nurseries to be sure they will be available in the quantities we need, install irrigation on JS East once the water meter service is installed, and continue to weed and remove trash from the hillsides.
There was discussion about mulching and weed suppression. And matters of irrigation, including a leak that Ken and Madeleine will address together. Neighbors said that our current schedule of “workdays” on the first Sunday and third Tuesday of each month is working out well. Work is welcome on non- scheduled days also.
What aren’t welcome are dogs off-leash, and Marie will look into signage to discourage this.