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SIDEWALK GARDENS

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 stormwater runoff, and increase the lifespan of adjacent trees.

We use drought-tolerant and native plants as much as possible in the gardens we install.

WHAT ARE SIDEWALK GARDENS?

​Our Sidewalk Garden program installs gardens on public sidewalks in front of homes and businesses. We design the garden, take care of permitting, manage concrete removal, and choose plants best suited for the site. Residents maintain the garden after the installation.

WHY ARE GARDENS BENEFICIAL?

  • they create a natural habitat for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators

  • they increase the lifespan of adjacent trees by allowing more water to reach their roots

  • they capture stormwater runoff, which lowers the risk of flooding and reduces discharges of untreated water into the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

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We can plant sidewalk gardens when all of the following criteria are met:


 

  • Sidewalks are at least 10 feet wide.
    The curb should be at least 10 feet away from the building to ensure that there is enough unobstructed sidewalk to meet permit and accessibility requirements.

     

  • A block has multiple interested residents
    Our community-based sidewalk garden projects transform an entire block. We plan projects based on interest.

     

  • We have secured grants for the neighborhood.
    We are always looking for grants to fund our Sidewalk Gardens program. The grants subsidize most of the cost. Depending on the grant, we may ask residents to cover permit fees.

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