Our goal with Berryland is to create an inviting, delicious attraction on the Greenway. We hope that Greenway users, especially children, will learn to mark the seasons by the ripening of the berries, tangibly connecting with natural cycles and a diverse, productive ecosystem. We also wanted to pilot a low-cost model of edible landscaping on the commons.
Berryland began as a project of the 5% Local Coalition and Urban Tilth. We broke ground in July of 2007 and have had monthly, Second Saturday volunteer workdays since then.
Berryland currently consists of approximately 20 raised planter beds filled with more than 18 kinds of berry bushes. The majority of the bushes are raspberries, but there are also blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, boysenberries, gooseberries, wolfberries, goumi berries and California native berries—thimbleberries, elderberries, alpine strawberries, and huckleberries. We also fudged a bit and planted a fig tree and 5 pineapple guavas. We cover crop with snow peas which were a big hit among Greenway users each winter. We will also interplant with garlic, thyme, and yarrow to increase Berryland’s biodiversity and provide habitat for beneficial insects.
Berryland has received significant support from the City of Richmond, Parks and Landscaping Division, Friends of the Richmond Greenway, Opportunity West/SAGE, Rosie the Riveter National Park, Annie’s Annuals, and RainTree Nursery.