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No tickets are required this year. We are relying wholly on donations as admission to the Portola Gardens. The time that each garden is available for viewing may vary. Check times when planning your route. Some gardens will be providing refreshments included in the admission donation. Suggested donation is $5 per garden.  All proceeds are used for the Portola Garden District Scholarship at CCSF and grants to students completing work projects within the Portola, focussing on San Bruno Avenue. Check back for updates. Contact Ruth Wallace at or at 415-420-6185 for more information.


Gracenter is a drug and alcohol recovery program and is home to 13 women who live here from 6 months to 2 years. The gardens and land which take up ½ city block were originally planted in the 1960s and have been refurbished. Here you will see mature olive, willow trees and 2 Monterey Cypresses which are over 50 years old. A rose garden, camellias, a rhododendron, palmettos, Hebe bushes and an apple tree are part of the original plantings. A succulent garden and  50 varieties of plants native to SF  dot the hillsides and walkways. A list of plants which show their best bloom in the Spring is available on site. The garden is tended by volunteers, women and staff. Gracenter’s hill top location affords views of San Francisco. Visitors are welcomed between 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
 CLOSED – 695


Due to a family emergency, this garden is closed to the tour today.


Perched high above San Francisco Bay, one of our favorite Vizola gardens (on the edge of two, Southeastern neighborhoods, The Portola and Visitacion Valley) continues to improve year-after-year. The little garden is accessed through the cutest house you can imagine and features a dining nook surrounded by trees and flowers. Visitors are welcomed between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


A yard with beds, potted plants galore and sculpture keeps these gardeners busy. A terraced hillside with downtown and Bay views, lots of vegetables, berries and fruit, it is a very productive spot. Great views of the last remaining greenhouses are visible from lifeguard chairs to give height for that little extra view. Refreshments and snacks for visitors. Restroom available. Garden themed gifts available for donations of $5, $10 or more and raffle tickets for garden prizes available for sale. Visitors welcomed between 10:00 a.m.- 3:00


A giant reclining Buddha, a wild hillside and plants galore make this an exploration as much as a garden. Quickly becoming a garden tour fave, you will not want to miss this treasure in our part of the City. Visitors are welcomed between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 


Using McLaren Park as a backdrop, raised areas provide for an unusual landscape and fun, family space. Succulents, ferns, geraniums and perenials add color and texture to this tucked away seemingly forested garden. Enter through 975 Dwight.


Making the most of vertical space in the garden, framed succulent wall hangings are the focus in this shaded, McLaren Park-hugging garden. The greening of this mostly paved yard has made a real difference in softening the hardscape by planting sin the side beds while still providing play space for an active family.Visitors welcomed between 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 


A family with gardening for food and fun have cultivated this spot for years. Last seen on the tour in 2008, it has changed and morphed, but kept the urban farm feel that has become popular although this family was ahead of that curve. Chickens, edibles and natives as well as ornamentals make this a great spot to sit and contemplate as well as allowing for a outdoor space for the family. Available for viewing 1:00 -4:00 p.m.


The entry to this fashionable home is the garden they are sharing with us. The home’s tunnel entrance envelops the visitor within a rich palette of purple and aqua, with perfectly paired decorator touches. An urn fountain, distressed mango wood panels, and directed lighting transforms what was once a dark, lifeless hallway into a garden room welcoming visitors. Visitors are welcomed and lemonade will be offered for sale between 10: 00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.


The San Francisco School is another Portola institution that we love to celebrate. A productive vegetable garden with farm animals allow city kids a way to see how food is grown and to be part of the process. A gazebo, a large yard landscaped with boulders to climb and hillsides to explore make this a perfect adventure for children and a great place to visit as adults. 



Designed and maintained by the Goettingen Neighbors Group, this hillside garden has been transformed from a dumping ground to a community space. Next on the agenda for the stairway is a tiled art project. Watch for developments!


This view garden is modern and sleek while being comfortable and inviting by using natural touches that include a waterfall. Yes, a waterfall! Grasses and succulents pair with stone paths and stepping stones to create dramatic contrasts. Multiple seating areas on differing level create an ourdoor living feel that is enhanced by well-chosen furniture pieces and accents. Open for visitors between Snacks and refreshments offered. Visitors are welcomed between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 


Bright colors and a garden room provide a cheerful entrance into this fashionable space. Tropical plants tower above a deck furnished stylishly and punctuated with even more color. It is easy to imagine the ease in which one could curl up with a book and while away the hours here. Light refreshments offered. Visitors are welcomed between 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 


NEW! Lushness abounds in this nature-based retreat. The gardeners pay attention to naturral and organic gardening methods to attract butterflies and birds. A fountain, seating area, plants, trees and an attractive fence make for a secluded, private space.  On several terraces, the garden affords a keyhole view of the only remaining greenhouses in the Portola, formerly operated by the Garibaldi family.Visitors are welcomed between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
58 Ina Court This striking, designer  home has an impressive succulent garden as a front yard as almost an enticemnet to the house and yard. The home has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles as well as on HGTV. It is colorful, lively and surprising. The yard iteself offeres enough points of interest to keep garden enthusuastst busy for some time. Add to that a view of the Farallone Islands on a clear day and you have a memorable treat! 
127 Madrid NEW! Environmentally sound and artistic, you couldn’t ask for more in this compact and multipurpose garden. Mullen Designs chose a drought tolerant plant scape that integrated an existing apple tree, bougainvillea and brugmansia. The family handcrafted a “Wanna be Gaudí” mosaic wall with the help of friends, built a treehouse, a chicken coop, added sculpted figures from a Totonacan artist, Jun, a basalt water fountain and whimsical touches to make it friendly and inviting. In the front yard, they have recreated an ancient Irish dolman as a tribute to their maternal lineage. You may even hear some accordion tunes here! Light refreshments will be offered. Visitors are welcomed between noon  -3:00 p.m. 
1537 Silliman Persistance has paid off for this gardening family. Garden pests have forced a remod not nce, but twice and now it is better than ever.Terraces, paths, tranquil seatiing areas, edibles as well as ornamentals make this garden memorable. Visitors are welcomed between1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2636 San Bruno  Ave FDR is the Portola’s own nanobrewery. Portola Garden Tour Gardeners grew hops so that FDR could brew our own, hype-local beer. It will be available for tasting at the after party beginning at 3:00 p.m. Snacks and raffle prizes available as well as beer! Party starts at 3:00 p.m.