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This new hedgerow at Sonoma State University will grow four to six feet tall to hide the parking lot from the adjacent grape arbor, and provide nectar and pollen for beneficial insects. Photos: Frederique Lavoipierre
A broad bed planted with shrubs, perennials and a twining vine, edges the small orchard in the Sonoma State University (SSU) Garden Classroom. A tree, underplanted with native grasses, bulbs, and flowering annuals, anchors the corner of the undulating border. Butterflies float about the shrubs and, near one end, a hummingbird enjoys a late breakfast. A covey of quail scurries under the tangle of berries edging the nearby creek. This vision was the inspiration for a dedicated group of volunteers.
Along the western edge of the parking lot, near the food production garden, a long-abandoned, bare, and hard-baked earthen berm is being transformed on a misty winter day. Students, staff and faculty gathered, undeterred by the drizzle, to plant and mulch a 150-foot-long hedgerow to provide wildlife habitat and please the eye as well. Because an abundance of quail frequents the Sonoma State University gard...

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