100+ Pollinator & Native Plant Gardens in San Francisco
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April 2021 is Climate Action Month
Join the San Francisco community for a variety of events, activities, and workshops during the third annual Climate Action Month. Explore virtual opportunities (and a few Covid-safe outdoor events) that support and celebrate our environment, our families, and our communities.
The following example gardens include plants that create pollinator habitat.
California Native Plant Garden (in the SF Botanical Garden)
The California Native Plant Garden is one of many gardens within the SF Botanical Garden.
Open daily, starting at 7:30am. Last entry changes seasonally (between 4pm-6pm).
Free to San Francisco residents and school groups.
Land’s End Trail (in Golden Gate National Park)
Got sandy soil? Find out the native plants that grow well in San Francisco’s sandy dunes. Walk the Land’s End trail above the Cliff House to experience native habitat that has been carefully restored by volutneers.
Public transportation: Take the 38 Geary bus West to the end of the line.
Dolores Pollinator Boulevard (on Dolores & Market Street)
The Dolores Pollinator Boulevard is a streetside demonstration garden in the street median of Dolores Street and Market (south-west side of the street).
Habitat Gardens (at San Francisco State University)
The San Francisco State University sustainability project has a habitat garden on campus.
Green Hairstreak Corridor (Nature in the City)
In San Francisco, the Green Hairstreak butterfly only flies in the Presidio and in Golden Gate Heights, above the Sunset District. Nature in the City, in collaboration with local neighbors, has knit together a remarkable habitat corridor.
Learn more about native plants, including what grows in different microclimates in San Francisco.
Protect Our Local Pollinators (Birds, Bees, Butterflies & Bats)
Bees and other pollinators and insects in general are declining. Pollinators (bees, birds, butterflies and bats) are necessary for the health of our food crops, and insects – after plants – are the foundation of our natural ecosystems.
Bee-curious? Bird watcher?
Learn about how your neighbors are supporting bees and other pollinators:
- Find the Wild and visit pollinator gardens & habitats.
- Volunteer at a habitat restoration project or community garden (RPD).
- Learn about pollinators (FAQS) and gardening with native plants (FAQS)
- Learn more about native plants and how you can Grow the Wild.
- Get more pollinator resources, and learn about species in the neighborhoods.
Pollinators and insects in general are experiencing extreme stress, not only through large-scale loss of their native habitats, but also through the application of systemic pesticides. San Franciscans can play a role in helping pollinators and promoting healthy ecosystems by installing pollinator-friendly gardens that are less toxic, use less water and promote biodiversity.
Green thumb? Starting a garden?
If you’re starting or redoing a garden, or growing a potted plant, you can grow food and habitat to support local pollinators.
- Learn how to safely care for plants and pollinators.
- Visit a bee-friendly plant nursery to learn more and select your local plants.
- Use the SF Plant Finder to choose pollinator plants to build habitat in your neighborhood.
- Learn about Bay Friendly Landscaping (ReScape California) and sustainable gardening principles.
- Use the Blue Greenway Restoration and Revegetation Guidelines if you live and/or are doing a project in or near Southeast San Francisco.