Far Out Flora

Rene’s Garden of Goodness


Euphorbias, yuccas, aloe and more!

Last Saturday, Matti and I ventured over to our friend Rene’s to check out her garden in the Marina. Amazing! We met Rene in our first semester Fall/Winter Plant ID class at City College. We’ve been dying to see her garden. Rene’s mom was the president of the SF Cacti and Succulent Society last year, so she has an awesome succulent collection.


Spiral Aloe (Aloe polyphylla)

Amazing! This guy’s about 6-7 years old.

Euphorbia, Sempervivum, Sedum goodness

I love the little Euphorbia tucked in with the succulents.


Awesome Arbor

We came home with some clippings from the cool shrubby Aeonium.


Food and Flowers

Tucked behind the greenhouse are raised beds for veggies, herbs and a cutting garden.

Pollinator attractors

Rene plants tons of flowers to attract bees to her garden. She even has a cool little bee box back by the veggies. Annie’s Annuals is hosting ‘Give Bees a Chance‘ this Saturday if you want to learn more about the best bee attracting flowers.


Vintage Greenhouse

This greenhouse was built way back in 1920′s (Rene, correct me if I got the decade wrong). I’m very jealous.



Echeveria, Cerinthe, Aloe plicatilis and more

Love all of these together! I don’t think you can get more of my favorites in to such a small space.

Dudleya and Tillandsias in a tree

*Just added more pics of this sweet space to our facebook page



  1. Very cool garden–and very San Francisco. Strybing had a Mother’s Day garden tour a few years ago and one of them had an Edwardian greenhouse. That was in the Haight. Fun to know there are hidden treasures like these around town.

  2. On a train ride from Heathrow to London, it seemed that almost everyone had a small greenhouse tucked into their little backyards. I want one too.

  3. Incredible Rene. It is obvious that much care, true passion and hard work goes into creating such a magical space. Much like SF, the variety of your garden is amazing and this city is a better place because people like you live here.

  4. Gorgeous spiral aloe! What a beautiful garden. The lots in the marina always look small to me, but it seems like a very sunny space for urban SF, and every inch of it taken wonderful advantage of.

  5. Thanks Megan and Matti! Your photos are amazing! It was great having such avid and enthusiastic gardeners in my garden with me. You are welcome any time. And thanks to the commenters for such nice words.

  6. Wow Renee your garden looks amazing. What a well cared for collection. I love your succulents and all the beautiful textural combinations in your planting beds. Way to use every inch of space!

  7. Succulents and herbs. my dream…

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