2/17/10

White Crane Springs Community Garden

Today was the second time this week I tried to visit the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Unfortunately, just like the last time, Golden Gate Park was packed and there was no parking available anywhere near the Garden's entrances. From where I entered on 7th, all the way to 19th Avenue, not a single spot! Unbelievable! What I should have done, what I will do next time, is park outside the Park on Lincoln. And, no, I'm not going to take public transportation. I am not known for masochism.

Anyway: Argh!

Then I decided to visit the nearby Garden for the Environment. But there were people working, and the light was too bright for taking pictures...

I took a few anyway, along the sidewalk.

Garden for the Environment; San Francisco

Salvia apiana at Garden for the Environment; San Francisco

Garden for the Environment; San Francisco

Garden for the Environment; San Francisco

Then I remembered the community garden across the street that I made a mental note to explore.

So, that's what this blog post is about.

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

Don't let the spring-y look of recent blog posts fool you. It's not snowing, but it's still plenty cool. Definitely not vegetable-growing weather. Furthermore, as this garden is squarely in San Francisco's fog belt, where one might argue it is never vegetable-growing weather. At least not for summer vegetables.

Yet since we have no frost, we can grow greens all year. And that is just what many vegetable gardeners do.

I have not brought you to this garden to wow you, but we are here. So let's check it out.

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

Bee hives:

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

White Crane Springs Community Garden; San Francisco

Then I want to show you what I pulled over for on the way home:

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Goats!

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4 comments:

Nicole said...

A charming "homey" community garden-and what is up with all those goats? Plus, quite a variety of coats they have.

Les said...

Can you tell me what the plant is in the 3rd picture with the dark blooms?

Check out this page from Annie's Annuals for a bit of blogging serendipity:

http://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/plant_display.asp?prodid=2301&account=none

chuck b. said...

That's Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'.

http://twitter.com/back40feet/status/9219368141

http://twitter.com/back40feet/status/9219407174

A half-hardy annual. The species is quite different but 'Purpurascens' grows true from seed. And re-sows vigorously here. And bees think it's crack.

Matti said...

Beautiful. You can feel the richness when the whole community comes together and put their personal touches (such as those re purposed bricks creating an edging) on a project of this scale.
Matti