Each year Kiwanis International chooses one day on which every Kiwanian world-wide picks a project where they will volunteer their time. And on that day every Kiwanian in the world is working to make a difference in their community. This year District 18 in Central California chose to volunteer time at the Woodlake Botanical Gardens. … Continue reading Kiwanis District 18 Schedules a WBG Workday for Kiwanis One Day
The Bravo Lake Dream The inspiration to transform an abandoned railroad right-of-way and a weedy dam levee into a beautiful and unique garden facility began more than twenty years ago. Olga and Manuel Jimenez organized a company of youth volunteers into a group called Woodlake Pride. The impetus was to create an environment for youth that … Continue reading How to Transform a Weedy Dam Levee into a Unique Garden Even If You Only Have a Dream
Yep, this Johnson grass is embarrassing! We've got to get rid of this stuff or it will take over. OK, it's already taking over. It's too much work for Manuel and Olga alone. It's even too much work for the two guys who work a couple of days from the city. It's even too much … Continue reading WBC’s First Community Fall Workdays Scheduled
As many of you know, WBG has held a couple of meetings to brainstorm about the triage needed to save the trees and other plants at the Woodlake Botanical Gardens since the previous agreements between Woodlake Pride, Inc. and the City were officially nullified on August 14, 2017. Chuck House's Speech at August 23rd Meeting Most … Continue reading Roses, Roses, Roses at Woodlake Botanical Gardens
Photo Courtesy of Lisa Kilburn Aerial view of Woodlake in the 1970s The Back Story for Woodlake Pride and the Woodlake Botanical Gardens The year was circa 1971. According to life-long residents Manuel and Olga Jiminez, Woodlake, CA was a rough little town. The city demographics were about fifty percent Hispanic farmworkers, for the most … Continue reading How One Couple Makes a Difference in a Town
We've been keeping you updated a bit in a newsletter. We have several more ways to connect. First, please sign up for our newsletter. We'll send out a progress and needs report every month or sooner. Right now a lot is going on. How you can connect with us: You are reading this on our new website https://www.WoodlakeBotanicalgardens.com. … Continue reading How Woodlake Botanical Gardens Goes Social
This is what happened at our first Planning Meeting of Stakeholders for the WBG.
In our small community, Woodlake Botanical Gardens nearly became a town park.
Too much reliance on volunteer help, the finances of a small town, and the energy and amazing capacity of two people screeched to a halt at the end of June. Either the city had to take over the care of the gardens, or increase their spending to include paid help. The load was too much to bear alone. Too many disappointments when funds didn’t come through frazzled nerves and maybe a few tempers.
But the love of their gardens never wavered.
Agronomist for U.C. Davis and his wife, Manuel and Olga Jimenez, have given their time for the past 14 years. Modestly their donated time has been worth $2,310,000, or about $165,000 per year. That doesn’t include the donated plant materials and infrastructure.
Would the Community Step Up?
Today was the culmination of a month of planning.
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The Annual Day of the Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) at the Woodlake Botanical Gardens started at 7:00 am to compensate for the July 1st heat in California’s Central Valley. Journey Through the Garden With Me Cee’s Which Way Challenge Jo’s Monday Walks As the temperature soared towards the 102-degree mark, I wished I’d arrived before 8:30 … Continue reading Why Do Sunflowers Have Necks?