Barbara and Roland Pitschel, 2007
As head librarian Barbara Pitschel disseminated information about gardening and native plants to an avid and knowledgeable public. In her 30-year tenure at the Garden Barbara helped cultivate the Library into the largest and most comprehensive horticultural library in northern California. She was also a long-standing member of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL), receiving the Charles Robert Long Award of Merit in 2006.
Barbara and her husband, Roland, were also involved with California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Their most visible contribution was the chapter newsletter, which they produced since 1995.
Barbara and Roland’s long history in the field of ecological restoration in San Francisco began in 1972 when they became involved in Bernal Heights Park, which is now recognized as one of the city’s significant natural areas. She and Roland received the Trust for Public Land Award for 30 years of volunteer park stewardship.
An article on Barbara and Roland Pitschel can be found in the spring 2007 issue of Fremontia, regarding their becoming Fellows of the California Native Plant Society.
Photo by Margo Bors