Dolores Pollinator Boulevard

Dolores Pollinator Boulevard

Healthy habitats for pollinators

**2016 Golden Gate Award

The grassy islands that divide Dolores Street are one of the most visible casualties of San Francisco’s drought. Withered brown patches have been spreading through the once lush medians since the city staunched their irrigation in an effort to conserve water. The solution seemed obvious – to tear out the thirsty turf and populate the medians with plants that have evolved to thrive under drier conditions. Enter the Pollinator Boulevard.

BASE worked with the community and stakeholders to create a beautiful, drought tolerant pollinator garden in the first block of Dolores at Market Street. Widespread, careless use of pesticides in both urban and agricultural habitats have created an environment less hospitable to pollinators. We committed to combat these harsh conditions with carefully selected low water, pesticide-free, pollinator friendly plants that will bloom in an unbroken relay all year long. Vivid California Poppies, Sages, spiky Spider Aloe, and other bright, drought tolerant, and pollinator friendly plants can create a much needed habitat for our bees and pollinators.

With the support of our community volunteers and stakeholders, our community planting day was a huge success. Over 40 people braved the mud and the threat of rain to help make this new garden a reality.

We’ve started small, with the first block of Dolores at Market Street, but we’re dreaming big!!! We imagine the barren strips that run the rest of Dolores’ length full with plants and pollinators, a network of gardens wriggling its way over and through the San Francisco hills to wash the streets in sweet scents and shifting colors. We want this pollinator boulevard to become San Francisco’s pollinator neighborhood, connected to the new pollinator garden at Dolores Park and to all the school and church gardens along Dolores.

Read more about the process of creating the Pollinator Boulevard here.

Year Built: 2016
Status: Completed and Constructed
Location: San Francisco, CA
Project Partners:
With Honey in My Heart
SF Community Challenge Grant Program
SF Department of Public Works
SF Parks Alliance
SF Street Parks Program
Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association
Whole Foods Market – Market Street
Prado Group

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