An Open Space Restoration Wonderland

The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation (WSOSF) has completely transformed an area of open space at the foothills of Mt. Diablo in Walnut Creek. The Fossil Hill Native Plant Restoration Project started about 10 years ago by eradicating aggressive Black Mustard plants and other non-native flowers, plants, grasses, and weeds and replacing them with millions of native flower seeds and grasses. You can learn more and volunteer at this link.

Phil Johnson, a retired construction landscaper, is leading the efforts and has been working on this since 1991 when WCOSF began its oak planting project. To date, more than 1 million seeds of native flowers have been planted and the results are absolutely stunning. However, he told me that he would be interested in having more regular volunteers and doing more ongoing education via schools and kids’ organizations.

Take a look at a few of these photos below. The Open Space was already a beautiful natural feature of our town that we are lucky to have, but this just makes things even better! In addition to the Poppy, there are Baby Blue Eyes and Tidy Tips. If you would like to know more about the location, give me a call or email me at To donate or volunteer, please go to

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