Gardener in Residence
Gardener in Residence Program
The goal of the Gardener in Residence Program (GIR) at Recology San Francisco is to bring awareness to the importance of native plant restoration, water conservation, and the value of compost as a soil amendment. Our focus is on educating the public about sustainable landscape design techniques that are essential for reducing water useage and attracting native wildlife, such as bees and butterflies. Using the garden as a platform for educational outreach, we hope to encourage dialogue about these environmental issues.
The Gardener in Residence Program provides experienced local gardeners and landscape designers with access to the Recology Sculpture Garden for site specific projects. In conjunction with Recology staff, the gardener-in-residence will determine appropriate areas for development within the three-acre sculpture garden, and will design and execute their plan by working hands-on in the garden. Projects that incorporate drought-tolerant plantings, effective use of mulch and compost, and native plants are preferred.
The gardener-in-residence will received a monthly stipend over the three-month residency. Gardeners will have supervised access to the green waste area of the Recology facility, and have a small budget for new plants. Gardeners must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week and be available the third Saturday of each month to speak to tour groups.
Interested gardeners should submit a resume, two references, and a personal statement describing a proposed project. Applicants must take a tour of the Recology facility before applying.
Please contact Deborah Munk: 415 330-1415
About the Sculpture Garden
The three-acre Recology Sculpture Garden was designed in 1993 by Susan Leibovitz Steinman and serves as a vegetated buffer between the Transfer Station Facility and the Little Hollywood neighborhood. Visiting the garden is a highlight for the 4,000 visitors who tour the Recology site annually. The garden is home to over 25 sculptures created in the Artist in Residence Program.