Sunday, April 1, 2007

Gardeners inspired by Tom Petty...


Remember that little tree…you know the lonely one I mentioned in ‘The Invisible Hand’, well it’s an avocado tree! Wondering how I know that… this weekend the magical nocturnal non-existent gardeners from my previous post became actual flesh and blood real-life people. Frolicking about mid-Friday afternoon, I happened to drive past our ‘little garden’ and was shocked by what I saw.


‘SAVE OUR GARDEN’

Written in blue paint on what appeared to be a torn white sheet, held up by four strings tied to street poles and blowing in the fierce San Francisco wind hung the gardener’s desperate plea to preserve their precious little garden. Along with the sign were about 15 people, who had set up a BBQ and appeared to be playing cards or something like that. Apparently, the out-of-state landlord made it clear that the garden must be eliminated by the end of this weekend.

I absentmindedly disregarded to ask the name of the gardener I spoke with; however, he told me they planned on keeping watch over their garden all weekend. So at the very least if someone actually came to remove the garden they might have a chance to ‘Save’ it. He also told me that he was planning on writing a piece on it for the Bay Guardian to try and get the word out. I gave him and Justin (the originator) the link for our website, as they seemed pretty excited that other people had taken interest.

I am not sure if anyone else saw this over the weekend, but I figured since we all did a bit of research and did our little ‘garden project’ this new development might be fascinating.

8 comments:

Community Gardeners said...

Thanks for reporting on our garden. We're trying to muster up as much community support as possible for it and were wondering if you might be willing to endorse our efforts. USF has a big presence in the neighborhood and we'd love to build a relationship between the garden and the university. Thanks!
stanyanstreetgarden@gmail.com

Michael Vick said...
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Michael Vick said...

Nice reporting, Sam! You've scooped us all. :-) I love your photo, too. I'm anxious to hear an update when we get back.

Carly Perez said...

sam- this is simply amazing. I love this line "this weekend the magical nocturnal non-existent gardeners from my previous post became actual flesh and blood real-life people."good job!

SKBlackburn said...

Thanks for your comments guys! I was so excited when I saw all the people sitting on Fulton and Stanyan. As of Sunday night around 8 p.m. the garden was still there, so thats good!

Christina W said...

Nice job, Sam. Did they say why the landlord wants to get rid of the garden?

eerickson said...

your relentless reporting once again exposes the truth! Let us know what happens with the garden, looks like it could result in a shoot out of sorts

Christina Kho said...

a little late, but good scoop. i wonder if it's still there.