Plant*SF – Abundance During Drought
Jane Martin, October 22, 12:30pm EST
An introduction to San Francisco’s stormwater diversion gardens with an emphasis on design for dry conditions. Winter rainfalls too often exceed the volumetric limit of San Francisco’s combined sewer system, resulting in overflows of contaminated water to the ocean and bay as well as backups into streets, homes and businesses. The simple act of removing excess areas of impervious materials at sidewalks restores the natural hydrological cycle while creating public space gardens. Mindful selection of plant species has resulted in the transformation of blighted areas into abundant landscapes of foliage, flower, fragrance and forage, despite drought conditions.