Volunteers can make a difference, and a former scrap of wasteland can become a haven for plants, animals and the community, with the good will and work of many people. By September 2007, the students of the Gardening Program of Mt. Diablo Adult Education, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Contra Costa Master Gardeners, DVC’s adaptive horticulture class, and other interested volunteers and neighbors teamed up with the City of Pleasant Hill and the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District to begin creating a beautiful and water-conserving garden at Pleasant Hill Education Center on Santa Barbara Road. The garden is located across from Pleasant Hill Middle School, behind the Pleasant Hill Library. It was used as a parking lot; it’s becoming a lovely demonstration garden and a learning opportunity using healthy garden practices (no pesticides), water conservation and recycling methods, and drought-tolerant and native plantings.