Friends of Morcom Rose Garden

Friends of Morcom Rose Garden We are an organization dedicated to maintaining, improving, and, most of all, enjoying Oakland's Morcom Rose Garden, designed by landscape architect Arthur Cobbledick.
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05/27/2020

The following is a post from our Resident Rosarian at our Garden. We posted this message for him on NextDoor today since he lives outside the neighborhood and knows that many people are concerned about the garden. As he also doesn't have FaceBook, we will be sure to forward comments to him.

MORCOM ROSE GARDEN ROSARIAN ADDRESSES TURKEY SITUATION

"I am the Rosarian and a volunteer at the Morcom Rose Garden, 700 Jean St., Oakland. The Garden is approximately eight acres with over 2,500 roses, some quite rare.

I am alarmed at the considerable misinformation contained in some of the NextDoor posts. Being at the Garden almost daily for the last several years, I'd like to provide some facts regarding the Tom, hens and the Garden.

For years, the only turkey at the Garden was a hen we called "Rosie." (All toms have been called "Tom", never "Gerald.") Every early spring and late summer a tom would drop by, mate and leave. No poults ever survived. However, three years ago a tom arrived and stayed. For the next two years he was fairly mellow as he started to develop a harem.

Assuming it was still the same tom, early this year there was a dramatic change in his demeanor. For the first time I started to see him attack people, generally jumping up on them and occasionally pecking them. This attack pattern became more often and more aggressive, at times quite vicious.

This is an important point... ALL of the many attacks I have observed were non provoked with the exception of one when a couple teenage boys provoked him. In many cases I was able to rush over to help the victim. Most were in shock, very frightened and sometimes in pain from pecks and scratches, their clothing torn. Imagine an elderly man or woman being blindsided by a 25 pound turkey with a very sharp beak or the screams of an attacked child or a woman sitting alone on a hillside on a quiet day when the tom, from approximately a half football field away, suddenly runs towards her and viciously attacks.

I've noted Next Door posts stating "The only reason the Tom is attacking is because he is provoked" or "because you tried to take a Selfie with him" or "A turkey won't attack unless you are too close to his hen and chicks." This may have merit in some cases but I assure you that is NOT the case with this tom! To those that are posting this misinformation it might be wise to delete such posts. I fear such posting might lull an innocent person to risk attack.

I started to document many of the physical attacks, forwarding information to Vector Control. I also encouraged those that had been attacked to contact the Mayor's office, Vector Control and/or call 311. As you may know, the Garden, as of a few days ago, was closed by Animal Control. I, as they, have compassion for the turkeys and there are people working for a solution.

Speaking from my standpoint as the rosarian and a guardian of the Garden, the turkeys do considerable damage to the roses. A wild tom will often build his flock to thirty or more hens. With one or two turkeys their damage is tolerable. With more, I fear for the Garden. The hens, in searching for grubs plus their natural nesting motions damage the beds and roses. My biggest concern is what happens right after we do the major pruning in January-February. To maintain a healthy plant and high bloom count it is necessary to rotate out the older canes for younger ones. After the hard pruning basal breaks (potential new canes) start to appear at the base of the plant. The volunteers finger-prune weak basal breaks so a few new strong canes will develop. The hens are pecking out these necessary basal breaks. This year with four hens I found notable damage in the garden. The bottom line... the Garden can tolerate maybe one or two turkeys, but a few more will seriously endanger the roses.

In closing, I have to give a plug for the Morcom Rose Garden. Last year over 75,000 people visited the Garden during the bloom season starting in early April (actually far more than this year)! The Garden is sometimes called "Oakland's hidden gem." It truly is."

Below is from Ann Dunn, Director at Oakland Animal Services. I will be at the park today, at the main entrance (700 Jean...
05/24/2020
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Below is from Ann Dunn, Director at Oakland Animal Services.

I will be at the park today, at the main entrance (700 Jean St), from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. As the OAS director, I will have pretty limited availability to keep this going myself after today. I am hoping to give each of you sufficient orientation that you will feel comfortable to orient others, and that this can become a community effort. If you are available to help organize this and be a point of contact for new volunteers, please let me know.

Please use this schedule to sign up for a shift, and feel free to share this with other people who might be interested.

I am hoping we can get to a place where there are two people per shift, from 9 am- 5 pm, so no one is there solo. Animal Control Officers will be there as much as possible, but we have pretty limited resources, and they are stretched thin on calls from the community, so I don't want to over promise on that.

I got a wonderful response yesterday from most people who were hoping to enter the park, but were very understanding and supportive when they understood the reasons for the closure.

If I haven't already, I hope to get an opportunity to meet you in person.

Many thanks!

Ann's email is
[email protected]

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05/23/2020

Morcom Rose Garden Temporarily Closed to Protect Wild Turkeys

Oakland’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Development has temporarily closed the Morcom Rose Garden to provide some time and space to work to prevent human – wildlife conflicts. We understand there is a family of turkeys in the park and the male has become aggressive toward humans. We also understand that some humans have been feeding the birds regularly in the park.
Out of concern for the public safety and the turkeys’ well-being, Oakland Animal Services, working closely with the Parks Department, has contacted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for guidance and support.
Following the State’s Keep Me Wild campaign, the City is asking people to please stay out of the park, to respect the prohibition against walking dogs in the park, and to never feed wildlife of any type. In the meanwhile, Oakland Animal Services will work with the Department of Fish and Wildlife on opportunities to help retrain the turkeys and will work to educate our residents.
As has been seen across the globe, the retreat of humans as they shelter in place has led to an increase in the visibility of wildlife in urban areas. The City of Oakland respects the rights of wild animals to inhabit their natural homes and encourages all Oaklanders to support the right of our wild residents to remain wild.

Please note that the tom turkey that is named Gerald in the SF Chronicle has also attacked people outside the park (one ...
05/23/2020

Please note that the tom turkey that is named Gerald in the SF Chronicle has also attacked people outside the park (one incident on Sunnyside Ave). He is NOT the same turkey that has been in the park for years, as people claim. Here is a picture of the tom that many of us called Tom from 2 summers ago. Gerald is missing a tail feather. Tom had all his tail feathers and was not aggressive even with new babies around him.

05/23/2020
Yesterday, Animal Control officers put up yellow caution tape and signs to discourage patronage to the garden, in hopes ...
05/23/2020

Yesterday, Animal Control officers put up yellow caution tape and signs to discourage patronage to the garden, in hopes that the Tom turkey would mellow out. The garden was fairly crowded this afternoon, and thankfully, “Gerald” didn’t attack anyone during the time I was observing. Please DO be aware of his presence. DO NOT feed!!

Friends of Morcom Rose Garden's cover photo
05/20/2020

Friends of Morcom Rose Garden's cover photo

The rose garden is now officially opened for volunteers and visitors. Come and visit to see the first bloom! Please wear...
05/20/2020

The rose garden is now officially opened for volunteers and visitors. Come and visit to see the first bloom! Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

05/08/2020

Please be careful of wild turkeys in and around the rose garden. There have been increasingly aggressive attacks on both children and adults, and the volunteers do not want anyone to get hurt. These attacks have been reported to the City and Councilperson Bas' office.

Thank you for your cooperation staying safe and avoiding the turkeys.

We have been advised to call nonemergency police, 510-777-3333 to report turkey attacks.

Friends of Morcom Rose Garden's cover photo
04/30/2020

Friends of Morcom Rose Garden's cover photo

These signs were posted at Jean Street entrance to rose garden on April 4, 2020 by the County Health Department. Please ...
04/05/2020

These signs were posted at Jean Street entrance to rose garden on April 4, 2020 by the County Health Department. Please do not visit the garden until Shelter in Place order has been lifted. Thank you for your cooperation.

Blooming in the garden today, March 25, 2020
03/25/2020

Blooming in the garden today, March 25, 2020

03/04/2020

The Morcom Rose Garden volunteers are asking the public's help in finding the person(s) responsible for the recent thefts of rose plants from the garden. Over the past six months 35 rose plants have been dug up and taken from the garden. If you have any information that would help us identify the individuals responsible please contact us at [email protected].

Thank you for your cooperation.

Wa Sung Community Service Group came out to weed along with a few new neighborhood volunteers!
02/09/2020

Wa Sung Community Service Group came out to weed along with a few new neighborhood volunteers!

Much thanks to:Starbucks (19th and Harrison St) for coffee!Arizmendi for scones, bread, pastries and cookies!William Son...
01/20/2020

Much thanks to:
Starbucks (19th and Harrison St) for coffee!
Arizmendi for scones, bread, pastries and cookies!
William Sonoma for supplying lots of weeder-bees!
Boy Scout Troop 818 for more weeder-bees!
Friends, neighbors, and community for coming out to work, weed, and to give us moral support!
Our Dedicated Deadheaders!
And to anyone I might have forgotten.... Thank You❤️❤️
It was a great day!

Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Williams Sonoma volunteers weeding and removing ivy from...
01/20/2020

Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Williams Sonoma volunteers weeding and removing ivy from the trees. Thank you for all the help!

Dedicated Deadheaders and East Bay Rose Society had a very successful day pruning  pond area. Great work!
01/11/2020

Dedicated Deadheaders and East Bay Rose Society had a very successful day pruning pond area. Great work!

Removing spent blooms from the cascade
12/11/2019

Removing spent blooms from the cascade

Thanks for coming out to weed with us Nicky and Babs!  Hope you’ll come again soon!
11/13/2019

Thanks for coming out to weed with us Nicky and Babs! Hope you’ll come again soon!

Afternoon weeding!
11/13/2019

Afternoon weeding!

Thank you to the group “BuildOn” for volunteering AGAIN at our Rose Garden!  Visit www.buildon.org to learn more about t...
11/09/2019

Thank you to the group “BuildOn” for volunteering AGAIN at our Rose Garden! Visit www.buildon.org to learn more about this service organization!

We're into November now.  The days are much cooler, and the days are much shorter, thanks to the end of Daylight Savings...
11/08/2019
Friends of the Morcom Rose Garden — Oakland, CA Municipal Rose Garden

We're into November now. The days are much cooler, and the days are much shorter, thanks to the end of Daylight Savings Time. But we still have blooming roses in the garden! The Pride of Oakland (see picture above) are looking especially good now, and the fountain is running....YAY!!!

The Deadheaders have a little respite now, but just a little, and not for long. We have stopped deadheading, and will be doing "position pruning", Royal's term for setting the roses up for their main pruning in January. We now focus on gently removing the spent petals from the roses to discourage new growth, removing diseased leaves, and clearing the beds of rose debris. We'll clean the crowns and remove dead canes to set up the roses for next year and to speed up the major pruning in January.

There's always weeding, of course, for those who prefer to weed -- it can be quite a meditative practice -- bring your chimes, bells, and singing bowls, or play some new age or relaxing music to help get you in the "zone" and find inner peace and calmness.

We'll be harvesting hips to make Rose Hip Jelly, which we hope to have available soon for your Christmas shopping needs. The little jars of Rose Hip Jelly make excellent stocking stuffers and hostess gifts.

Hope you can join us for our Saturday work day.

When: Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: Morcom Rose Garden, 700 Jean Street

What: Weeding, Deadheading, Conversation, Fresh Air

Bring: Your hat, gloves, pruners, trowels, knee pads, and water bottle. Long sleeves, long pants and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

Parking is usually available on weekends on Oakland Ave. or Olive Ave.

See the Friends of the Morcom Rose Garden website for map and directions: http://friendsofoaklandrose.org/

For those who are available during the week, Dedicated Deadheaders are at the garden every Wednesday morning, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, please join us.

See you at the garden!

Liz, Shirli, Jane, Cheryl, Cathy, Arvi, Margaret, Steve, Nancy, Vicki, Mateo, Royal, Peggy, Sue, and Iris, and the rest of the Dedicated Deadheaders

Join Dedicated Deadheaders Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for monthly garden maintenance. Please wear long sleeve ...
11/01/2019

Join Dedicated Deadheaders Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for monthly garden maintenance. Please wear long sleeve shirt and jeans, bring sunhat and water bottle. Gloves, tools, kneepads provided. We will be weeding and removing spent blooms.

Rain or bad air quality cancels event.

Gremlins (and others) in the Garden!
11/01/2019

Gremlins (and others) in the Garden!

Huge thanks to the wonderful contingent of ladies from Piedmont Garden Club that came out to weed today!  We loved havin...
11/01/2019

Huge thanks to the wonderful contingent of ladies from Piedmont Garden Club that came out to weed today! We loved having you!

Also spruced up the bulletin boards at the gardens today
10/24/2019

Also spruced up the bulletin boards at the gardens today

10/24/2019

Instead of weeding, we pulled off spent blooms. Someone from OMCA is picking up bags of rose petals for their El Dia de los Muertos exhibit.

Dedicated Deadheaders at work at Autumn Lights!  We laid out almost 2000 luminaries!
10/19/2019

Dedicated Deadheaders at work at Autumn Lights! We laid out almost 2000 luminaries!

Thank you Lia, from Nikki Fortunato Bas’ office for joining us in weeding our garden today!
10/16/2019

Thank you Lia, from Nikki Fortunato Bas’ office for joining us in weeding our garden today!

10/05/2019

Join Dedicated Deadheaders Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for garden maintenance. Please wear long sleeve shirt and jeans, bring sunhat and water bottle. Tools, gloves, kneepads provided, we will be weeding and deadheading under supervision. 🌹🌹🌹

Neighbors,Rose bushes are being stolen from the Morcom Rose Garden in the dead of night. In recent days these crimes hav...
09/24/2019
Lichfield Angel

Neighbors,

Rose bushes are being stolen from the Morcom Rose Garden in the dead of night. In recent days these crimes have occurred three times. The specimens were located in the Garden's Upper Cascade Wedding Area.

We volunteers purchased the plants from the David Austin Nursery. Three years ago we volunteers selected and paid for them out of our own pockets. We planted them and had since then carefully pruned and watered them. We had nurtured those beauties along.

A pair of rose bushes of the type known as Princess Alexandra of Kent—shrub roses approximately three feet wide and two feet in height, with fragrant pink blossoms at the end of long, drooping canes—disappeared earlier this month, along with a Dame Judy Dench, a shrub rose with orange blossoms that we had recently planted in the hillside bed dedicated to David Austins. And then, this past Saturday night a white blossomed David Austin shrub rose—a Lichfield Angel about two-and-one-half feet high—was neatly dug up and taken.

Their carefully executed removals tell us that they were transplanted into someone's garden and that this was most likely done by a neighbor or professional landscaper. Shame on them! If you know of any recent plantings with roses that may be these, tell a volunteer at the Garden, or Christian Boyle, the Rose Garden's supervisor.

We would like the thief to know that Oakland's municipal employees as well as trained volunteers spend many thousands of hours annually maintaining this public park—dead heading, weeding, watering, organizing corporate-sponsored volunteer groups, planning for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service as well as Earth Day, etc. We stay busy tending the Rose Garden and our efforts deserve respect.

Please be on the lookout for these roses and visit the links below to view examples. Thank you. (written by Nancy Friedman, dedicated deadheader)

Princess Alexandra of Kent

$45.00
Princess Alexandra of Kent
A very fragrant English rose that can be used for beds and borders, cut flower or garden. Bushy foliage on a r...
https://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/dame-judi-dench-rose-bush

https://www.heirloomroses.com/lichfield-angel.html

The charming peach pink cups open to neat, creamy apricot rosettes and give off a light, clove fragrance. With up to 110 petals on each bloom, this continually blooming rose provides large (4” diameter on average), domed, creamy-white flowers that create a beautiful sight. As a shapely shrub, it g...

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