Noe Valley Voice May 2012

Explore the Roots of Neighborhood Gardens

By Heather World

Visit this verdant oasis and eight other gardens at the Noe Valley Garden Tour on Sunday, May 19.  You may have a free ticket if you volunteer as a greeter.   Photo courtesy Richard May

The group Friends of Noe Valley is hosting its sixth annual Noe Valley Garden Tour on Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and nine local arbors are growing in anticipation.

This year the gardens are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood from Dolores to Hoffman and 23rd to 30th Street. Three were created by professional designers—Janet Moyer Landscaping, Michele Schaal, and Shape of the Earth—and six were designed by their owners. One recently planted garden gives a sense of what an urban paradise looks like in its infancy.

The tour is walkable, but for those who’d like a ride, a shuttle van will be circling the sites, courtesy of the Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association and the Noe Valley Association.

Proceeds from the tour will go toward two community projects: the garden at Alvarado Elementary School and tree-trimming in Upper Douglass Dog Park. Money from ticket sales has been augmented by donations from the Noe Valley branch of Wells Fargo Bank, Circle Bank, La Boulange Bakery Café, Martha & Bros. Coffee, and several other local businesses. In fact, sponsorship doubled this year, says Richard May of Friends.

Speaking of volunteers, the event is still in need of a few, to be greeters and ticket-takers along the tour.

“All you have to do is sit for two hours,” says Linda Lockyer, chairwoman of the Friends Events Committee.

Shifts run 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m., and 1:30 to 4 p.m. If you sign up, admission is free and you’re invited to a pre-tour party at La Boulange on Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m. Contact to volunteer.

Regular admission to the tour costs $18. Those over 65 pay $14. Tickets can be found at the Saturday Noe Valley Farmers’ Market on 24th Street (including the day of the tour) and at stores throughout the neighborhood. This year patrons also can buy tickets online at



Wishing your garden might sprout enough flowers to qualify for next year’s tour? Take advantage of Janet Moyer Landscaping’s free garden clinic during Sunday Streets events, on May 6, June 3, July 1, and Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring photos highlighting the trouble spots in your garden to Moyer’s Mission center at 1031 Valencia St.