Living in a city that rarely sleeps makes it tough for folks to find a nice break that allows for an escape from concrete buildings and traffic. However, if you look hard enough, you’ll find plenty of nature amongst the hustle and bustle of the city life. Take a look at our picks for the coolest community gardens hidden throughout San Francisco.
Located just off of MacArthur Ave and Schofield Rd lies the hidden gem of Fort Mason. Housing some of the most vibrant and colorful flowers, the Fort Mason Community Garden is a central area for residents and visitors to gather and bask in nature.
After you make your trek up the hill, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find the plentiful Potrero Hill Community Garden. From flowers to veggies like squash and kale and fruit like beautiful ripe tomatoes, it has it all. Admire the love and care put into the cultivation of each plot as you take in the sweeping views of the Mission and Twin Peaks from the top of the hill.
Located just off of busy 7th Ave. is The White Crane Spring Community Garden. Full of your typical as well as seasonal flowers, this community garden also boasts herbs, lavender, potatoes, zucchini and more.
The Argonne Community Garden, located in San Francisco’s Richmond District, is another hidden gem nestled in a busy city. For $35 per month, a plot in the garden can be purchased, allowing people to grow their own fruits, vegetables and plants.
The Howard Langton Community Garden fits the true definition of a ‘diamond in the rough.’ Placed just between Howard and Folsom, this garden can easily be missed since it’s in an odd place. However, this fresh garden brimming with an array of flowers, herbs and vegetables acts as a relief to the eyesores that are the buildings surrounding it.
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Known to many residents as the ‘pride and joy’ of the Inner Sunset, the Garden for the Environment is much more than just a community garden. Although it stands cool on its own for just being a community garden, what makes it even cooler is the fact that they offer weekly workshops to educate people on gardening. Classes range from beekeeping, composting, and how to grow your own food!
The Alice Street Community Gardens is another site that can be portrayed as a diamond in the rough. Located in San Francisco’s SoMa District between 3rd and 4th and Folsom and Harrison, this community garden provides those working in SoMa and around the city with a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the office life and downtown.