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To create beautiful public gardens for the Potrero Hill and Dogpatch neighborhoods in San Francisco. These gardens transform areas that were once filled with trash and crime into a beautiful place to take a walk, chat with a neighbor, get dirty gardening, or attend a community event!
In December 2008, Annie Shaw, a long-time San Francisco resident, decided to take matters into her own hands. What started as a small gardening project to improve her street, quickly bloomed into a neighborhood garden with many local residents donating their time and plants.
Annie ensured the future of the garden by partnering with Arum Ahn and Emily Gogol to start the non-profit Pennsylvania Street Gardens, and with the backing of over 250 neighbors, signed a 5-year contract with Caltrans, the San Francisco Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Parks Trust to maintain the garden.Today, the garden has grown from that one lone plant to thousands that now fill up almost an acre. With additional financial support from the neighborhood and the city of San Francisco, Pennsylvania Street Gardens has also greened Mariposa Street by creating the Mariposa Center Garden and is designing a building a major street park in Potrero Hill. Come join us!