Once again the wonderful event that is the Portola Garden Tour is going to held on the 27th of September. Tickets are now on sale and we at the Portola Planet highly recommend attending. It is a fantastic way to get a feel for our neighborhood, meet some really wonderful neighbors and get some good exercise! All the information you need is in their press release below…
THE PORTOLA HOSTS FUNDRAISER FOR CITY COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH THE PORTOLA GARDEN TOUR ON SEPT. 27, 2014
What: The annual Portola Garden Tour featuring 14 private and public gardens
When: Saturday September 27, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Portola neighborhood
Cost: $25 for one ticket; $40 for two – see below for ticket sales locations
Online @ http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/855088 and at the following locations:
Sterling Bank, 2555 San Bruno Ave.; Four Barrel Coffee, 2 Burrows St; Fat Beli Deli, 2598 San Bruno Ave.; Family Connections, 2565 San Bruno Ave.; and Flora Grubb Gardens, 1634 Jerrold Ave
On September 27, 2014 sixteen public and private residential gardens in The Portola will be open to the public for viewing. The annual Portola Garden Tour, a highly anticipated neighborhood event, is now in its eighth year. The tour has become a great way for residents in The Portola to get to know their neighbors, and for people who live in other areas of San Francisco and beyond to discover this wonderful enclave.
Once home to flower-growing enterprises and farms, the Portola is known as San Francisco’s Garden District. Roughly bordered by Silver Avenue to the north, Mansell Street to the south, San Bruno Avenue to the east and McLaren Park to the west, The Portola is one of the last, true blue-collar neighborhoods in San Francisco. It is also one of the few places in the city with enough sun to grow tomatoes. As new businesses open up on San Bruno Avenue, and property values rise, the Portola is redefining itself from undiscovered gem, to real estate hot spot.
The Portola is a diverse neighborhood with a rich history. Maltese, Italian and Jewish immigrant families settled in The Portola in the late-19th century, followed by African-American shipbuilders who moved to San Francisco from the south during World War II. In the decades since, Latinos, Filipinos, Chinese, Vietnamese and others have planted roots in The Portola, a neighborhood that welcomes all.
The Portola Garden Tour began in 2007 as a fund-raiser for the Portola Branch Library at Goettingen and Bacon streets. When the library opened in 2009, the community decided to continue the popular event as a fund- raiser, and created The Portola Garden Scholarship at City College San Francisco for Environmental Horticulture and Floristry Department students. The first scholarship was awarded in 2010 and has grown to two per year. Funds are also used to pay for work projects in The Portola that employ City College students. This year the Portola Branch library will be showing its own beautiful garden on the tour for the first time.
For those who want to know more about what’s in store, check our the Portola Planet’s review of last year…