For years we've been wanting to create a pocket sidewalk garden out front and this year it's finally happening! These pocket gardens are built by removing sections of the sidewalk and planting directly into the ground. The City has been encouraging residents to create sidewalk gardens to help beautify neighborhoods, establish more habitat for wildlife, and provide more permeable surfaces to absorb rainwater.
Earlier this year we got a permit from the City to create our own sidewalk garden and made arrangements to have a crew from DPW remove sections of the sidewalk outside our front gate. We were able to get the City to waive our permit application fee and remove the sections of the sidewalk at no cost. So far we've planted succulents and some California natives that are drought resistant and should do well in this new space.
Special thanks to Gabriel for working with me on the design, permits and installation and Adam and Brad for helping create the bamboo fence that surrounds the garden.
To learn more about sidewalks gardens, check out PlantSF.