The Crack Garden

San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Project Facts

  • The project only cost $500 and was installed by the homeowners by simply jack-hammering new cracks into an existing concrete slab.
  • The garden uses various flowers, herbs, vegetable and even aesthetically-pleasing rogue weeds.
  • Many plants were chosen for their ability to tolerate foot traffic, allowing wide use of the space despite the removal of concrete.


  • Urban
  • Yard
  • Housing Community
  • Garden

Environmental Benefits

  • Captures Water
  • Cools Air Temperature
  • Creates Habitat for Wildlife
  • Creates Urban Farm
  • Prevents Soil Erosion
  • Reduces Urban Heat
  • Restores Soils
  • Sequesters Carbon