Rose Creek Native Plant Garden is a hidden treasure in Pacific Beach, which is judiciously maintained and supported by its custodian, the nonprofit Friends of Rose Creek.
Friends accomplish this task, in part, through hosting work parties on the second Saturday of every month. The next garden work party will be Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9-11 a.m.
PB social activist and environmentalist, Karin Zirk, founder/executive director of Friends of Rose Creek, conducted a tour of the native plant garden recently. She discussed the origin of the garden, its purpose, and the joys – and challenges – of keeping it properly tended.
Zirk explained that the original linear community garden near Rose Creek Cottage was begun and run in the ’90s by The Nature School, a group that did educational programming for children. She related an interesting tale about how she “inherited” stewardship of the PB community garden.
Zirk said the head of The Nature School contacted her unexpectedly and said, “We’ve been taking care of the creek for the last 15 years, but I’m retiring and moving. Why don’t you take the creek over?”