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(last updated: March 10th)
• Bob Hall's at 1946 Grove St. Apt. 3
• Susan Floore's at 3984 26th Street
• Ted Kipping's at 257 Joost Avenue*
• Warner Graves's at 156 Beulah Street
• Margo Bors's at 785 Carolina Street
• Sutro Stewards at 195 Behr Avenue
• Anna Schopp's at 635 9th Avenue, Apt. 2
• The Beitik Family's at 85 Hazelwood Avenue
• Greg Gaar's at 440 Hazelwood Avenue
• Rob Oreglia's at 158 27th Street
• Dorian Stull's at 163 27th Street #2
• Jeanne Halpern's at 34 Valletta Court
• Jean Amos's at 261 Cumberland Avenue
• Denise Louie's at 11 Malta Drive
• Jennifer Serwer's at 86 Caire Terrace
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* Gardens with steep or challenging terrain.
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SAVE THE DATE for the Native Plant Garden Tour organized by CNPS Yerba Buena Chapter.The purpose of the tour is to expose gardeners to native plants, their charms in a garden and the benefits and possibilities of their inclusion in an attractive, wildlife-friendly garden.To this end we include an array of private gardens: mature gardens featuring 100% natives (focusing on compatible plantings), mixed gardens, professionally designed and maintained artistic gardens, gardens focusing on habitat for wildlife (for example, the chorus frog), gardens integrating food production with native plantings, gardens in transition to include more natives. We also feature public gardens dedicated to local flora and fauna or similar gardens not usually open to the public
Fred Rinne's at 642 Cayuga Avenue Download a plant list »
This is a front "lawn" of purple needlegrass with associated coastal prairie species such as poppies, lizard tail, blue eyed grass, buckwheat, aster, seaside daisy offset by a single non-native Joseph's Coat climbing hybrid tea rose. This challenging site is cherty clay with extremes of temperature. Truly a test of survival of the fittest.
Bob Hall's at 1946 Grove St. Apt. 3 Download a plant list »
The yard was suffering from neglect and hosted an array of invasive weeds. But after a lot of hard work and many trips to eleven different native plant nurseries, the yard is turning around. Local natives from HANC as well as some homegrown coast buckwheat and seaside daisy liven up the mix of other California natives such as hummingbird sage, heuchera maxima, Lewesia and manzanita.
Susan Floore's at 3984 26th Street Download a plant list »
From disastrous, major plant deaths came an opportunity for this north-facing, shady garden to grow a new look. The owner filled recently empty flowerbeds with cheerful natives such as Douglas iris, fringe cups, monkey flower and heuchera. In a deep shade area under the deck she created a native fern garden with wild ginger, redwood sorrel, and bleeding hearts wandering here and there among the ferns. Surviving from earlier years, mature birch trees tower over newer plantings of western azalea, huckleberry, hazelnut and a young silk tassel tree. This two-and-a-half year old garden continues to go through delightful transformations as additional areas are planted in natives.
Anna Schopp's at 635 9th Avenue #2
This Richmond District garden displays a love of native trees, shrubs and perennials that form the backbone of a drought-tolerant, habitat garden. The plants enclose and protect this backyard and provide shelter and food for a wide variety of birds and animals. The competition includes Heteromeles, Ceanothus, Coast Silk Tassel, Rhododendron, Red-stemmed Dogwood, Black Twinberry, Bush Island Snapdragon, Buckwheat, Tree Lupine, and California Poppies that thrive in the sandy-soil endemic to this neighborhood. Drought-tolerant herbs such as rosemary, lavender, and geranium add their flower color, leaf textures and scents to the garden. Douglas Iris have naturalized and reproduced unique flower colors and forms. Beach strawberry is a well-established ground cover. Anna’s Hummingbirds drink the nectar from Salvia flowers and myriad native birds find plenty to eat and places to shelter and raise their young.
Greg Gaar's at 440 Hazelwood Avenue*
This very large garden includes an adjacent public walkway (Globe Alley) that is also landscaped with native plants. Greg Gaar converted this garden from lawn to a very colorful and attractive garden of San Francisco natives in just under a year and has now grown into a feast for the eyes. For more information on this ambitious undertaking, visit Greg at the HANC Recycling Center. In addition to the 15-step public stairway into the back garden, there is a more accessible walkway to the left with gradual stepping stones.
Ted Kipping's at 257 Joost Avenue* Download a plant list »
The theme of this garden is a rocky outcrop in a cloud forest. We prfoundly changed the flattish grade into berms, ponds, waterfall, bogs, screen, woodland, etc. There are seven soil types. I have lost count of the total number of varieties but would guess between 1,500-2,000 varieties. There are well over 100 kinds of plants from the California Floristic Province. See if you can spot them.
Warner Graves's at 156 Beulah Street
This garden features a variety of California natives beginning at the entrance with ferns, spicebush, rushes and other shade and moisture loving plants. Crossing a small pond and wetland area you enter a meadow with native bunch grasses and wildflowers. Bordering the meadow are several types of manzanita, ceanothus and other native or decorative shrubs. Most of the structural features of the garden are made from recycled bricks, logs and rocks taken from construction sites here in SF. This colorful garden delights year round and reflects the home owners passion for the outdoors.
The Bors's at 785 Carolina Street Download a plant list »
This is a largely shade garden with ferns, trillium, and other shade plants. It also has a coast live oak, pink flowering currant and more than 30 native plants that insure a steady stream of birds, bees, and other beneficial insect visitors. The plants and various creatures are enjoyed and sometimes drawn or photographed by artist Margo Bors from her studio that looks out on the garden.
Sutro Stewards Nursery at 195 Behr Avenue
Native Plant Nursery featuring species found between the San Bruno Mountains and Golden Gate Bridge. Our plants are used for both ornamental plantings and habitat restoration projects with emphasis on hosts for pollinators.
The Beitiks' at 85 Hazelwood Avenue
The front yard was planted by our family about six years ago and is an ongoing laboratory of sorts. We’ve made some mistakes, but we’ve also had some pleasant surprises! The back yard was designed by a local physician whose second career is native landscape design. Both yards combine native plants, succulents and geraniums. Native plants include: franciscan manzanita, wild ginger, pink flowered currant, phacelia, pacific coast iris, ceanothus, flannel bush, blue-eyed grass, silver lupine, penstemon, bush anemone, western swordfern, fringecup, wild strawberry, lizard’s tail, California horkelia and white sage. Under the expert care of gardener Marina Lazzara, our little patches of natives continue to change, grow and thrive!
Robert Oreglia's at 158 27th Street Download a plant list »
A small backyard garden has gradually been planted with over 50 species of natives with particular attention to San Francisco native plants. Most recently the lawn has be replaced with native wildflowers, shrubs, and a small fountain. In the front a concrete parking island has been removed and the area planted exclusively with SF natives including three endemics: Franciscan manzanita and wallflower and Ceanothus thyrsiflorus presidio.
Dorian Stull's at 163 27th Street #3 _
Native Plants adapted to an existing formal garden plan. Most Non-natives were removed the in the process. The previous garden had many invasive self propagating species, Calla lilly, baby tears, peacock lilly, english columbine, nasturtium to name a few. Perennial Natives are now established and many are self propagating. The garden has spots in deep shade to full sun the natives were chosen for the different types of sun and soil mostly clay. It also includes a vegetable bed and various herbs in pots. The center has a small solar fountain to add zen.
Jeanne Halpern's at 34 Valletta Court Download a plant list »
Lush and sensuous, Jeanne’s 12-year-old garden cascades down and across O'Shaughnessy cliffs toward Glen Canyon. This year its seven trails feature 18 red flags that identify "native natives," that is, plants that lived on this hillside long before road and home construction separated the cliff from the canyon. You’ll see soap plant the Ohlone may have gathered here for brushes and soap and coyote mint for medicinal tea. Among other "native natives," watch for bee plant, blue dichs, dudleya, lichen, purple needle grass, shiny redberry and wild cucumber. Since this is also a habitat garden, you may be lucky enough to see native moths, butterflies, bees, birds and the occasional coyote.
Denise Louie's at 11 Malta Drive* Download a plant list »
This garden includes a few volunteer natives, like blue-eyed grass, wild cucumber and polypody. It also includes a few rare natives, like SF wallflower, Lupinus albifrons variety collinus, and fiesta flower (Pholistoma auritum from Yerba Buena Island). You might even see Arctostaphylos franciscana in propagation process. On one side of the garden there is a steep face of chert, replete with folded layers. Access is steep, part rocky and at your own risk. A cable handrail is installed alongside a suspended staircase; otherwise there is no rail. This garden exemplifies what can be done on difficult terrain.
Jennifer Serwer's at 86 Caire Terrace
Our garden is located on a sunny slope of the South side of Potrero Hill. It contains, many California natives that are attractive to bees and birds. It is thriving with a variety of plants that provide us with a lovely view of small forest on the North side of our home. The garden consists of native perennial shrubs and trees with an understory of ground cover. In the spring we sow California wildflowers and many native bees visit them.
- Publicity Assistant
Our Publicity Chair does a great job of contacting local news media, but this event is too much for one person. We need a couple of additional helpers to work with her. Major publications like Sunset, Via, and Bay Nature should be notified in early January as to the date of the tour. It would be nice to have someone who could write brief stories that we could make available electronically with photographs as needed to publicize the tour.
- Publicity in Your Neighborhood
Could you contact your neighborhood newspaper; distribute posters to local libraries and businesses; post flyers on bulletin boards?
- Broader-Based Publicity
Distribute posters, post flyers, etc. to areas or neighborhoods not adopted by residents. Post notices to your web site or email groups, or ask appropriate organizations to publicize our free native plant garden tour. Email posters or articles to friends, personal groups, etc., and ask them to further distribute.
- Last-Minute Help
People are needed near the time of the event to take maps, handouts, signs, and other materials to the garden hosts. And, as you know, every project has unexpected needs. These are good jobs for people who can get around town with ease, and have the flexibility to volunteer brief time periods on short notice.
On the day of the tour, we need people willing to help co-host at a garden site. No, you don't need to know anything about plants or gardening. You do need to be friendly and welcoming, to ask people to sign the sign-up sheet, to offer maps or other free handouts, and to facilitate guiding guests to the person/people showing the garden.
- Interested? Respond to Susan Floore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-285-4692 (email preferred). We will see that the information gets to the appropriate people.