The Friends are Planning Restoration. The Friends are at work on an ambitious plan to develop a master plan for restoration of the Berkeley Rose Garden.
The City, with the help of voters who supported funding measures and the energetic staff of the Department of Parks and Recreation, is aiming to complete the pergola. The Friends are grateful for all of this support.
There is nonetheless a great deal of work to be done. Many of the Garden’s original features need restoration. Paths and stairways are cracked. The reflecting pool isn’t a pool, but rather a streambed. The Friends plans to inventory these problems and develop a restoration plan.
In addition, much of the setting in which the Garden sits does not match the quality of the Garden and needs to be completed. For example, the banks on either side of the amphitheater are weedy and unplanted. On the east side of the pergola, there are retaining walls of creosote laden railroad ties or cracked concrete sidewalk. These features are nowhere close to the Arts and Crafts aesthetic used by the New Deal in building the Garden.