December 2023 Summary Report of Tule River Parkway Native Plant Gardens.
The Tule River Parkway Native Plant Gardens are in Porterville. The gardens are along a paved walking and bike trail which runs for a half mile between Jaye Street at the south bank of the Tule River to Parkway Drive and Oakview Street.
The 23 gardens and two sections of Arbor Day plantings which Tule River Parkway Association manages are within a City of Porterville public park and provide recreational, educational, and mental health benefits to park visitors. There are volunteer made gabion benches throughout the garden section.
The projects also provide habitat to birds, bees, reptiles, mammals, and butterflies. Even now in winter one can hear the chirps and hum of hummingbirds feeding on the flowers in the gardens and the calls of many species of birds.
During December, 57 volunteers worked in the gardens doing maintenance and new plantings. Volunteers were at the gardens 9 days in December, and they put in a total of 185 hours.
On December, 31 new plants were added to the gardens and one garden was adopted. At the end of December there were 10 species of plants flowering. The star flower performers were Silverbush Lupine, Woolly Blue Curls, Ceanothus, and Bladderpod.
The 23 gardens have adopters. Five of the gardens are seeking a co adopter and the Arbor Day plantings need adopters. Contact Cathy Capone, 559-361-9164 for more information or visit tuleriverparkwayassociation.org.