We and Our Neighbors'
Historic Landscaping & Beautification Project
ABOUT WE AND OUR NEIGHBORS
The We and Our Neighbors club began when a group of Union School District farmers’ wives met for an afternoon tea in June of 1892 at the home of Mrs. John Cilker. The day was so pleasant that the women decided to form a club to promote social ties, intellectual and cultural pursuits, charitable deeds, and recreation for the farm families of the neighborhood. The members agreed to meet every third Saturday of the month and have been continuing to do so for 125 years. In 1910 Mrs. Schofield donated $2,650 to have the American Craftsman Bungalow built on land that was sold to the club by Sophia LaMontagne for one gold dollar. The historic building was entered in the National Registry of Historic Places in 1979 and in 1992 became the City of San Jose' Historic Landmark number 97. Now on a bustling corner in the midst of Silicon Valley, it is still an all volunteer-driven 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which continues to meet the needs of its ever-changing community. More info at: WeAndOurNeighbors.org and SanJoseClubhouse.com
We and Our Neighbors is dedicated to promoting educational and social activities among its members, preserving the historical clubhouse, and supporting worthwhile causes in the neighboring as well as greater community.
W. Jeffrey Heid
Landscape Architect, ASLA
Lead Architect, LEED ID+C
We and Our Neighbors' historic landscaping & beautification project,which would be open to the public, will include: an educational heritage garden, patio tea garden, stone/brick walkway, bird pond, electricity and irrigation/sprinkler system.
- To bring together people and the community
- To bring together people and the community
- To preserve the agricultural history
- To bring our cultural legacy to life
- To showcase best practices in horticulture
- To foster vibrant communities
We and Our Neighbors’ clubhouse has been a gathering point for the community for 125 years and will continue to share its venue for historical, educational and healthy activities for all age groups. We have partnered with many civic, nonprofit and arts associations such as Next Door Solution, National Charity League, Junior League, Opera Cultura, Sweet Adelines, City of San Jose, Chamber Music Silicon Valley, Compassionate Service Society, QueenHype amongst others to produce free programming such as:
- Integral Tai Chi
- Produce Share
- Zumba Gold
- Military Cardmaking Workshops
- Jane Talks Speaker Series
- Dance Classes
- Self-Defense / Domestic Violence Class
- Community Concerts & Performances
- Business Networking Events
- See Current Events
For more than a century, agriculture was an important part of everyday life for Santa Clara Valley. These historic gardens will not only illustrate the importance of gardens to the human spirit, but also the ecological benefits and aesthetic possibilities of sustainable gardening. The garden will have trees that symbolize the lush orchards which at one time surrounded the property including cherry, apricot, pear, prune trees and a grape vine transforming it into an idyllic spot for educational opportunities.
Heritage Citrus Trees:
LG Almaden side:
Petite Prune d'Agen or French Prune
Union Avenue side:
Royal Anne Cherry (#2 Choice - Rainier)
Doyenne du Comice Pear (#2 Choice - Bartlett)
Dwarfs for container garden:
Valencia Orange (#2 Choice Navel Orange)
The Tea Garden will hark back to the founding mothers first meeting. A beautiful outdoor living space in which to relax and read during the day for the community and a natural location for photo opportunities. The space will include tables and seating, inlaid brick patio with a container garden a Little Free Pantry and Little Free Library. This area could substantially increase rental revenues as it could be used for rehearsal dinners, outdoor weddings, cocktail hour, etc…
VALLEY OF HEART’S DELIGHT MURAL
A mural will be commissioned on the back wall in the tea garden to recognize and celebrate the agricultural history of of We and Our Neighbors and Silicon Valley when it was known as Valley of Heart’s Delight.
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BACKDROP & STORAGE
Outside storage building would be added to backside of parking to help with much needed storage for tables and chairs.The building would be custom-made to reflect the bungalows architecture and would also add a beautiful backdrop for outdoor events.
PARKING LOT RESTORATION
We and Our Neighbors has increased their rentals by 600% with the revenues helping us to provide more services to the community. Because of this we need to upgrade our parking lot to be more ADA accessible and create a smooth pathway to our wheelchair ramp. We also are in great need of obtaining a garbage bin which the garage company will not service on our gravel driveway. We also need to grade the lot to create a better drainage so water does not gather in the basement.
Since the building was built in 1910 outside electricity was never installed. 100 years ago the clubhouse was surrounded by orchards and fields with a farming community not yet part of its neighboring city of San Jose which boasted a population of 28,976 residents. Now on a bustling intersection in the middle of Silicon Valley the property is in need of better lighting for safety and security purposes.
The front pergola with an antique rose vine at the entrance of the clubhouse, was an Eagle Scout project from 50+ years ago. One side of the pergola is currently sinking into the ground and badly needs repair work. An Eden Heirloom Rose vine will be added.
IRRIGATION & SPRINKLER SYSTEM
Irrigation is needed to control the amount of water supplied to plants at regular intervals for agriculture. It will assist in the growing of our Heritage Garden, maintenance of the landscapes, and revegetation of disturbed soils in dry areas and during periods of inadequate rainfall.
The original fireplace built in 1910 still graces the clubhouse but unfortunately the chimney was a victim of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. The river rock has been saved and will be incorporated into the new landscaping.
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