SOURCE: Janet Moyer Landscaping

Janet Moyer Landscaping

October 09, 2009 18:27 ET

Janet Moyer Landscaping "Breaks Ground" for Library Teaching Garden at Mission Branch in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 9, 2009) - Janet Moyer Landscaping (JML), a full service residential landscaping company in San Francisco devoted to sustainable practices, joins the San Francisco Public Library Mission Branch today and tomorrow in building the city's first teaching garden at one of its branches. Utilizing a currently vacant exterior patio area adjacent to the branch's Children's Room, the project is responding to Mayor Gavin Newsom's directive that unused City property be assessed for the purpose of growing food.

Lia Hillman, Interim Children's Room Manager of the Mission Branch Library, organized a partnership with JML, Garden for the Environment, and the Mission Greenbelt Project to produce this new resource that will offer the Mission's community the opportunity to learn about growing food sustainably in an urban environment. It will also provide local schools with a resource for hands-on science lessons and other potential partnerships with programs such as Eat Ur Veggies at Mission High School.

Janet Moyer Landscaping is providing design and construction for the space and a state of the art "smart" drip irrigation system along with oversight of volunteers working on the project, and contributions from their supplier partners including Ewing Irrigation, Toro Irrigation Products, Broadmoor Landscape Supply and Sierra Point Lumber. The planting beds will line the west wall of the patio. The surrounding patio fence will be covered in flowering vines to attract pollinating insects while providing a functional, attractive barrier to an adjacent alley.

The teaching garden will be an educational forum for local organizations with expertise in gardening. In addition to worm composting workshops, Garden for the Environment will offer workshops on planning, maintaining, and harvesting food crops. Hillman also envisions intergenerational programs with seniors and/or teens working with children. Program offerings could include harvest celebrations, cooking and nutrition classes and how to grow food in San Francisco.

Through its Green Stack program, the San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to helping the City go green through environmental initiatives and partnerships and library programs, exhibitions and information. The new teaching garden at the Mission Library is an example of this enterprise.

About Janet Moyer Landscaping

Founded in 1990, Janet Moyer Landscaping is a full service landscaping company based in San Francisco, CA. It has designed and installed nearly 400 unique and customized gardens in San Francisco's varied terrain. Owned and managed by Janet Moyer and Michael Hofman, the company applies sustainable practices to its residential landscape design, installation and maintain services. The firm is ranked by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the "Fastest Growing Private Companies" in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007 and 2008. For more information, visit or call 415-821-3760.

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