My favorite “house” project to date—we’ve replaced about seven squares of cement with colorful plants. It makes me happy every time I come home.
Our neighbors seem to be enjoying it too. One has taken to patrolling the plants every morning, looking for any trash that might have blown in and helping with the watering.
Another neighbor saw an elderly woman trying to steal a succulent and scared her off, and has been keeping an eye out ever since. (The bandit made off with a Kalanchoe marmorata and a Sempervivum arachnoideum prior, but no thefts since my neighbor spotted her. Surprising behavior from a white-sneakered, backpack-wearing senior citizen.)
That’s been one of the best things about the new garden—not the thieving senior citizen—but seeing our neighbors rally around it.
If you’re in San Francisco and interested in installing a sidewalk garden, this site is a good place to start.
Updated Photo —June 2014
The plants are doing well and only one succulent stolen since the last post!
Amy John Headley is a landscape designer based in San Francisco.