Add greenery to your block, meet your neighbors and build community.
Sidewalk gardens beautify neighborhoods, create a natural habitat for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, reduce storm water runoff, and increase the lifespan of adjacent trees.
WHO CAN GET A SIDEWALK GARDEN?
To be eligible for a sidewalk garden you must meet all of the following requirements:
Have concrete we can remove in one of our currently funded areas. Our funding allows us to plant gardens in newly opened garden basins, not existing ones.
FUF installs community-based sidewalk garden projects, transforming an entire block, meaning that we must have multiple properties on the block interested in participating. Having a block captain makes a big difference! Find out how to organize your block below.
We can only install a sidewalk garden where the distance from the curb to the building is at least 10 feet. This is to ensure that the garden will leave enough unobstructed sidewalk to meet permit and accessibility requirements.
We secure funding to subsidize most of the cost. In most cases, we’ll need you to cover permit fees and a small co-pay.
The gold-shaded zone in this map shows where we currently install sidewalk gardens.
Use the buttons below to request a sidewalk garden, help recruit neighbors to get sidewalk gardens, volunteer to plant sidewalk gardens (and trees) with us, or submit a co-payment for your sidewalk garden.
REQUEST A GARDEN
We’ll design your garden, take care of permitting, and manage concrete removal. On planting days we’ll coordinate volunteers and installation. All you need to do is maintain your garden after the installation is complete.
ORGANIZE YOUR BLOCK
Become your neighborhood’s block captain and assist in organizing a sidewalk garden project by getting the word out about our work, encouraging other property owners to participate in the project, and being the link between the community and us.
VOLUNTEER TO PLANT
Sign up to help us plant with happy neighbors all over San Francisco.
FOR YOUR GARDEN
If your request for a Sidewalk Garden has been approved, and your Friends of the Urban Forest planting manager has contacted you about making a co-payment, click the button below. Thank you!