San Francisco’s Garden District Opens Its Doors Sept. 29 for 12th Annual Portola Garden Tour

For Immediate Release:  August 30, 2018

Media Contacts:
Mindy Linetzky (415) 557-4252;
Ruth Wallace, Portola Garden Tour organizer (415) 420-6185;

San Francisco’s Garden District Opens Its Doors Sept. 29 for
12th Annual Portola Garden Tour

Neighborhood grown hops featured at community after-party


Once home to flower-growing enterprises and farms, The Portola is known as San Francisco’s Garden District. The garden tour is a self-guided walk through private and public gardens in the sunny Portola neighborhood in San Francisco’s southeastern quadrant. A surprising array of hidden gardens lay behind primarily mid-century modern homes. The tour is also a fundraiser for City College horticulture students.

Participants will learn about what plants thrive in San Francisco, how to make even small spaces outstanding, ideas for decks and patios and fun landscaping tips — and get inspired to work on their own back yard. It’s a wonderful community experience as neighbors open their yards to hundreds of tour participants.

This year the tour features a community “after-party” at local brewery Ferment, Drink, Repeat on San Bruno Avenue. Portola gardeners have been growing hops which will be turned into a truly locally-made brew and served at the close of the tour.

What: Portola Garden Tour featuring 20+ private and public gardens

When: Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: The Portola neighborhood – garden locations will be listed on the ticket

Tickets: $25 or $20 each for two or more – purchase online at

After party: 3 p.m. at Ferment, Drink, Repeat (FDR) brewery, 2636 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco

More information:  and

The Portola is one of the City’s most diverse neighborhoods 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.

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 undiscovered sections of San Francisco. Young families, as well as long-time San Franciscans, find it an attractive and convenient place to live. Many of the homes have large yards – by San Francisco standards – as well as bay and city views.

The Portola Garden Tour began in 2007 as a fund-raiser for the Portola Branch Library, whose own public garden and seed lending library will be on the tour this year. When the library opened in 2009, the community decided to continue the popular event as a fundraiser and created The Portola Garden Scholarship at City College San Francisco for Environmental Horticulture and Floristry Department students. To date, 17 scholarships and three work projects in The Portola have been awarded to City College students.