What is the Garden District?

  • Once a primary source of cut flowers for the City, the Portola neighborhood was widely known as "San Francisco's Garden." Flowers were grown in open fields and, more strikingly, in many family-owned commercial greenhouses spread throughout the neighborhood. 
  • Today, the Portola is overwhelmingly residential with very few physical markers of its agricultural history remaining. However, much of the neighborhood still coalesces around the Portola’s agricultural past, rallying to promote the Garden District identity.
  • For at least the past decade, a diverse group of neighborhood leaders has worked collectively to celebrate the vitality of the Portola, a tucked away but historically-rich neighborhood of SF. In public and private works ranging from backyard gardening to development of public spaces, residents have dedicated thousands of hours to growing the Portola’s Garden District identity.
  • As a result, the neighborhood is now home to a number of garden sites in schools and other public places, a successful annual garden tour entering its eleventh year, a bee farm, a new pocket park, and a range of public art works celebrating the Portola’s history. 

In Fall 2016, in support of the community-driven Portola Green Plan, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution officially recognizing the Portola as San Francisco's Garden District. 

For more info about ongoing greening efforts in the neighborhood, visit:

Portola Urban Greening

The Greenhouse Project

Welcome to the Portola (2016), designed by Caitlyn Galloway and hand painted by New Bohemia Signs, is located at San Bruno Ave & Silliman St. The project was commissioned by Portola Urban Greening and was made possible by San Francisco's 2016 Community Challenge Grant Program