Category Archives: Plants and Gardening

Sign Up Now to Get a Sidewalk Tree In Front of Your Bernal Home

Neighbor Phil Pierce live on Tompkins Street. By day he works as the community outreach coordinator for Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF), the greentastic group that organizes sidewalk greenery plantings here in the City. Neighbor Phil is spreading the word … Continue reading

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Parched Aloe Plants Bloom with Orange Spikey Flower Thingys

It’s January, but it feels like October. Which is nice, except for the fact that it’s unholy and terrible. Bernal Hill is supposed to be verdant and green this time of year. Yet today Bernal Hill is only sort of … Continue reading

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Alemany Farm Raising Funds to Build Outdoor Kitchen

There’s some tasty infrastructure news coming out of the Alemany Farm that overlooks scenic I-280 along Alemany Boulevard. Plans are afoot to build an outdoor kitchen on the site, and  former Bernal resident Aaron Mckenzie from the California College of … Continue reading

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Have Fruit, Will Can It: Bernal Neighbor Will Transform Your Surplus Produce Into Tasty Treats

This is so great. If you have fruit trees on your Bernal Heights property, Neighbor Deborah from Montcalm Street is prepared to make an offer that’s hard to refuse: She will turn surplus produce from your fruit trees into tasty … Continue reading

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Mysterious Bernal Hill Tree-Shrub Thing Now Protected by Powerful Force-Field

It’s a well-known fact that the big tree/shrub thingy atop Bernal Hill plays host to many dark mysteries. But now it seems that the distinctive plant has also acquired supernatural powers. Over on the Instagram, photographer Nick Hatamiya channeled the … Continue reading

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Footsteps-of-Spring Herald a New Season on Bernal Hill

Neighbor Donna has taken note of a seasonal flora transformation on Bernal Hill: Passersby may not notice these small, low-lying plants that grow on the north side and on the top of Bernal hill. These are footsteps-of-spring, some of the … Continue reading

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Blossoming Trees Are Lovely, But Maybe Not Quite In The Way You Think

If you’ve set foot on just about any Bernal Heights street during the last few days, you’ve probably noticed the spectacular pink blossoms that are peaking around the neighborhood. They look like cherry blossoms, but Bernalwood sources say they’re not. … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Large Tree Validates Newtonian Physics on Virginia Street

It probably wasn’t intended as a science experiment, but a big tree fell on the 300 block of Virginia during the wee hours of this morning, taking out a fence along the way. Neighbor Blair reports: Apparently this tree fell … Continue reading

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Neighbor Chuck Captures “Everyday Sights in Bernal Heights”

Neighbor Chuck B went for one of his occasional walks around Bernal Heights recently. (Bernalwood covered his last one, back in March.) Equipped with a camera and his deep knowledge of our local flora, Neighbor Chuck captured a terrific series … Continue reading

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Colorful Bougainvillea-Geranium Explosion Halts Traffic on Cortland

I noticed this colorful explosion of foliage while driving past the intersection of Cortland and Nebraska last week, and it was so stunning I stopped to admire it. I’m more of a gearhead than a green thumb, so I fired … Continue reading

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Do You Live on Precita? Want a Sidewalk Garden? Attend the Informational Meeting TONIGHT.

Our green-thumbed friends from Friends of the Urban Forest are planning to do a sidewalk garden planting in a few weeks, and they’re looking for homes along Precita Avenue to participate. Want a garden in front of your home? Cheep? … Continue reading

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Bernal Heights Considered as Refuge for Endangered Plant

We have a credo here in the Dominion of Bernalwood: “Give me your rare, your beleaguered, your endangered plant life yearning to grow free.” In that spirit, the SF Appeal brought news last week that Bernal Heights is being considered … Continue reading

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Swarm of Hungry Goats Invades College Hill Reservoir

Citizens of Bernalwood, reports are streaming in to our newsroom this morning about a massive Goat Invasion on Bernal Hill. These sightings have been confirmed by Bernalwood’s team of livestock analysts. At the present time the flock of goats is clustered … Continue reading

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