As proposed, the existing 4,642 square foot nursery within San Francisco’s Botanical Garden will be razed and a new 9,830 square foot nursery and Center for Sustainable Gardening will rise to the west.
The new Nursery: Center for Sustainable Gardening, if approved, will replace the existing antiquated nursery with a state-of-the art facility targeted at the LEED Platinum level and constructed with renewable materials that will have a living roof and a rainwater collection and recycling system involving gutters to collect the rainwater and rainwater barrels to hold it. The gutters will be maintained and cleaned by a professional company like Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Bergen County so that the rainwater collected is as clean as possible. It will serve as a teaching tool for the City’s maintenance staff and residents interested in sustainable building and gardening practices. It would also prove a good grounds for people to learn basic garden upkeep, such as how to use an electric lawn mower on an uneven or unusual surface.
Elements will include a greenhouse, headhouse and shadehouse as well as outdoor growing grounds and an outdoor learning area. The Center will also include public restrooms, office and meeting space for Botanical Garden staff, City Gardeners and volunteers.
The site of the existing greenhouse will be replanted as an extension of the California Native Plant Garden and comments on the proposed development will be accepted by Planning until 5:00 PM on September 16.
No word on whether the new Center will offer courses on trimming palm trees as well.
? San Francisco Botanical Gardens Nursery: Center for Sustainable Gardening [sfplanning]
? SFBGS’s Nursery: Center for Sustainable Gardening Project [sfbotanicalgarden.org]
? For The Love (And Hate) Of Palm Trees In San Francisco [SocketSite]