Free makeover for winner of ugliest yard in San Francisco contest

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — For San Francisco residents who have let their lawns and flowers dry up in an effort to conserve water, the city’s Department of the Environment may present you with a yard makeover as part of their ‘San Francisco’s Ugliest Yard’ contest.

The competition, which started April 2 and runs through May 15, gives San Francisco residents a chance to win the grand prize free yard makeover featuring naturally drought tolerant plants from Madrono Landscape Design studio.

The competition kicks off the launch of the SF Plant Finder website ( which highlights drought tolerant plants and trees that thrive in our city’s microclimates, in an effort to improve biodiversity in San Francisco. California has been in a drought for the past four years, and the competition and website will illustrate how it is possible to still save water and have beautiful yards that support the City’s ecosystem.

San Francisco residents are invited upload photos of their ugly yards with a caption explaining why their yard needs a landscaping makeover. To upload ugly-yard photos, go to the Department of the Environment’s website
at or the department’s Facebook page at

All contestants will receive a free packet of native plant seeds for participating. Three first-prize winners will get a free consultation with the department’s senior biodiversity coordinator and enough native plant
seeds to makeover a 500 square foot yard.

Voters will decide the first-prize winners while a panel of judges will decide who will win the free yard makeover.

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