Urban Gardening in San Francisco

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Moving from a suburban house with plenty of room for gardening, to a condo in a high-rise with no private outdoor space can be a challenge for someone who enjoys a bit of gardening.

One of the first things we did when we had a San Francisco address, (two years before we moved in) was to put our name on the waiting list for a garden plot at the Fort Mason Community Garden. Time passes, in our case 7-1/2 years, and finally we were awarded a plot, which we've enjoyed now for about 4 years.

In our 5' x 20' plot we have: one lemon tree, numerous herbs (rosemary, lavender, oregano, several types of thyme and sages,) two gorgeous rose bushes, a number of dahlias (the official flower of San Francisco) nasturtiums, a geranium, day lilies, tulips, daffodils, California poppies (our state flower), two cherry tomatoes, a squash, sugar-snap peas, and assorted annual flowers.

Flower bouquet from FMCG, pink and purple

Seeing what flourishes and what struggles is an adventure--as was growing a sunflower this year (I'd say it flourished!) Enjoying the beauty of others' plots as well as our own, a delight. (The orange dahlias pictured are from another's plot.) Gardening in a completely organic garden that attracts butterflies, bees, and birds, happiness.

sunflower from FMCG

Learning from others, sharing cuttings, bulbs and plants, working together, forming friendships - all benefits of community gardening. And walking home, carrying a bouquet of cut flowers for the house elicits smiles and conversations from people we meet.

roses, soft orange color, FMCG

If you would like to move to an urban setting, there are many ways to find outdoor space and beauty. Call me; let's talk.

Comments (56)

Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Did you ever read the book, "The Secret Garden," Patricia Kennedy? Your back yard garden transformation reminds me of it.

Sep 04, 2020 05:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lottie, the gateway timeouts are gone for now, it has been a while since you have written a post, miss you!   Happy Labor Day weekend! 

Sep 06, 2020 06:20 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

How wonderful, Lottie. It's a great life you've created - the best of the both worlds. 

Sep 06, 2020 08:53 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dear Lottie Kendall - The photos and articles about SF and the beautiful Western Coast look and sound so ominous. Here's the latest of what was reported in my local news:

"More reinforcements from North Texas are on the way to the west coast to help with the dire wildfire situation."

"A Fort Worth Fire Department spokesperson confirmed they were planning to deploy eight firefighters and two trucks to California, where fire officials there said Friday wildfires have burned more than 3.1 million acres this year."

"On Friday afternoon, Dallas Fire-Rescue deployed 13 wildland firefighters to assist with the wildfires for at least two weeks. Three firefighters from Flower Mound started heading towards California as well on Friday."

I am wishing you and your loved ones good clean air to breathe, safe water to drink, and strong bones to carry you through it all. 

 

Sep 12, 2020 05:47 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hello Joan Cox - thanks for the gentle nudge. I'll get back to blogging by and by -- perhaps once the smoke has lifted from the air, it will lift from my brain, too. 

Sep 12, 2020 08:01 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

I"m with you - hard to think and concentrate right now. 

Sep 12, 2020 08:03 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD -  I need to check my garden to see how it's faring with all the smoke in the air. I know you're facing similar problems, as is much of the west coast. We can't expect rain here for a long time - usually late October is the earliest.

Sep 12, 2020 08:03 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hello, my friend -- I'll call you in a bit, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP . Meanwhile, a heartfelt THANK YOU to Texas and Flower Mound for assisting with all the wildfires consuming our 3 western states.

Sep 12, 2020 08:04 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Lottie Kendall we have hazardous air quality right now - the worst in the world. Not a claim to fame I'm happy to hear.  It's very difficult with little Finnegan as he needs frequent outdoor breaks, and going out in the yard is suffocating at best. Not feeling physically great because of the air quality, but working to focus on gratitude. We are still home, and have a home...many aren't home and far too many have lost their homes. 

Sep 12, 2020 08:07 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi again Lottie Kendall - just checked and it's worse than yesterday's readings. :( 

Sep 12, 2020 08:12 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

San Francisco is the only bay area county not to have had wildfires, so our homes aren't threatened, but we share the smoke and poor air quality. I hope you can improvise an indoor gym or agility course for Finnegan, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Sep 12, 2020 08:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you enjoyed a very productive summer.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding autumn.

Sep 25, 2020 08:40 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Roy Kelley , thanks for stopping by; it's always good to hear from you. My sense of seasons is completely turned around this year. Hard to believe summer is over; it has been productive and autumn is shaping up to be more of the same. No complaints here. How are things with you?

Sep 25, 2020 10:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We are still staying at home most of the time in the social distancing mode.

Sep 25, 2020 10:46 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lottie Kendall - May your face be as bright and beautiful as those flowers you posted today, tomorrow, and always! 

Sep 27, 2020 04:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lottie is it my immagination or it is  time for your to write anothe post?::))) hope all is well, Endre

Oct 12, 2020 09:54 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Just checking in on you, Lottie! We are missing seeing you on our Tuesday ZOOM meetings and I wanted to be sure you're okay. 

Sending hugs your way!

Oct 28, 2020 07:19 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Thanks for checking in, Debe. I just sent you an email explaining my MIA status!

Oct 29, 2020 06:14 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I’m the first generation in my family that did not grow up on a Farm . My grandparents and Aunts & Uncles all cooked from scratch and used garden grown food

Nov 04, 2020 06:47 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

HI Lottie Kendall I'm always wishing you the very best.... you know you're a favorite of mine.....always have been....

Nov 19, 2020 10:53 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I've seen similiar community gardens as I get closer into DC.  What a great way to have both urban living and gardens.

Nov 19, 2020 11:03 AM