My Great Outdoors: Sandy's Shared Space

My Great Outdoors: Sandy's Shared Space

Janel Laban
Jun 30, 2009

Name: Sandy
Location: San Francisco
Type of space: Courtyard of Multi-Unit Building

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: My garden is about 5 years old now and it gives me great pleasure to create a beautiful outdoor space for the residents to enjoy. This neighborhood tends to be noisy and has it's problems with prostitution and drug addicts. This garden is an unexpected oasis amidst all of that. This is something I have to do, I really don't have a choice. It is in my blood. Every available space is utilized. Every window has a window box. It gives me a wonderful sense of accomplishment.

How did you create it?:
I call my garden the island of misfit plants. Friends give me plants. I work for an interior design firm that has a garden and when they are not beautiful enough, I bring them home. I use a lot of wrought iron plant stands and I find them at thrift stores and yard sales. I have cactus, succulents, ferns, etc. Everything does alright with very little light. When people move out of the building once in a while someone will leave behind a plant or two. Lots can be done with little or no money. I just keep my eyes open and always find what i need.

Recommended store, site, product or resource?
Nothing specific. The project is always evolving on it's own. Someday I will have to leave this space (I live in a rental). It doesn't make sense to do much planning and spending of my own money. So far so good.

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