May 14, 2013
I went on this 11 garden tour benefiting neighborhood beautification with the Noe Valley Public Library as this year's beneficiary. (View the new library planting below.) For 5 hours I walked and drove a bit with my friend and colleague Erza. Below are my highlights:
The On Lok 30th Street Senior Center has a large garden terrace into the hill by their 3 story building. Accessing from the back of the 3rd floor , a wide open green space with benchs to seat 30 or more. A Master Gardener Q& A event was also taking place on this classically beautiful sunny California day. A small plant sale grabbed my attention. If I had any cash, I would have taken two home. There are small raised bed for vegetables in allotment fashion.
On Harper Street above 30th Street this woodland garden is dominated by a large Coast Oak. This is the biggest Coast Oak I have ever seen. It may be over 200 years old. This garden has recently been updated with some design help from Patrick of Flora Grubb Gardens.
On the steep part of 27th Street near Diamond is the stunning garden partly created by Jeff of The Urban Farmer Store fame. He along with his partner Jim have worked on this garden for 21 years. Jim's the plant person and Jeff's the water specialist .
The hot house with epiphytes and pond plants has two valves with lots of beautiful copper pipe to mist the plants for seconds over a hundred times a day.
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