Living the San Francisco Dream


After 7 years, my patience has been rewarded

Two days ago I received an email which read:

"Hi Lottie,
Your wait seems to be over! There are a couple plots available at Ft. Mason Community Garden!
Please contact me and we'll talk about the procedure and schedule a time to meet.
If you are no longer interested, please let me know."

After 7 long years of waiting, I finally had moved to the top of the waiting list for a garden plot at the Fort Mason Community Garden! I was elated!

And then the doubts began to creep in:

  • when will I find the time to plant and care for my garden?
  • what do I want to plant?
  • I don't remember much from my gardening day
  • What if it's too much trouble, more than it's worth?

After those initial doubts, though, I now find myself excited, thinking thoughts like:

  • a Meyer lemon tree, flowers to beautify my home, probably some lavender, and basil and.....
  • I'm looking forward to meeting, working with and sharing ideas with a great group of San Franciscans
  • what a marvelous venue, giving me time to think and reflect, to lay plans for my business in beautiful surroundings

Yes, I'll be following up, setting an appointment, choosing my gardening spot and making plans.

Life is good!

garden plot, Ft. Mason Community Garden, SF


--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 28 commentsLottie Kendall • February 02 2017 09:20PM


Hi Lottie

That's very exciting, especially after such a long wait. I bet you will have a wonderful time with planning, planting, learning, and reaping the benefits. And making new friends, too! Keep us posted!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Thanks Jeff Dowler -- looking forward to trying my hand at gardening once again.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Lottie-A small plot will be perfect. Enjoy. 7 yrs is a LONG time to wait to not do it now,

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 3 years ago

Lottie Kendall - What a lovely post!  Your patience has brought forth a new opportunity to be surrounded by the beauty of the garden and reap the rewards of the labor of your hands ...  Enjoy!!

Posted by Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. (Keller Williams of Central PA) over 3 years ago


How fun, and your patience was rewarded.  We are looking forward to seeing your plants growing.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 3 years ago

Wow Lottie,  7 years is a long time but will be worth it for sure.  Keep us updated on it.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 3 years ago

Patience is indeed its own virtue, Lottie. So happy for you... now go and have fun.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 3 years ago

Hi Sharon Lee - I don't have the green thumb that you do, but I'll have fun seeing how things take shape with my little garden plot!

Hello Maria Sapio - gardening in a communal garden in San Francisco will be quite a departure from my previous back yard gardening in suburbia! All part of the adventure!


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - hello Alexandra - I'll probably bore you with my fledgling gardening efforts, but I'm looking foward to carving out the time to experiment at Ft. Mason.

Will Hamm - I started out 200-something on the waiting list; at least my time has come while I'm still ambulatory 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

I think this gardening venture will be fun, Nina Hollander - I'm thinking color, lots of color! And fragrance! Perhaps a few English pea plants next year....

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Lottie you've written about this before - right?  I remember you having to wait so long  or was I dreaming this up.  So fun - you're going to love it!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 3 years ago

Lottie- the wait was worth it and now we all can't wait to see the fruits of your labor!  Have fun with your planting. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 3 years ago

I am so glad that the waiting was for a garden plot instead of the other kind. I wish you the greenest of thumbs!

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 3 years ago

Congrats Lottie Kendall in achieving your green thumb paradise. Worth it!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 3 years ago

Congratulations Lottie, this could be a good activity to do with your daughter.  Yielding a bountiful harvest and enjoying a good bonding activity at the same time.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 3 years ago

Life is good and that is great news to receive!!!  I look forward to hearing more about your garden and see how it turns out.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) over 3 years ago

Good morning Lottie and congratulations. This sounds like sooooo much fun. Enjoy.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Community gardens are becoming increasingly found in the Greater Sacramento area.  They provide an opportunity for urban dwellers to hoan their green thumb.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

That is very exciting Lottie! What a wonderful opportunity for so many wonderful experiences!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 3 years ago

If you like raspberries, they grow like weeds and will give you a couple of crops a year. Potatoes? They keep coming up too, just leave the small ones in there. Neither get eaten by slugs, my mortal enemies in my garden. That's it. I'm done.

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea over 3 years ago

Anna Banana Kruchten - you have a good memory. Yes, I've written about the gardens before, and my spot on the waiting list. I'm starting to get excited!!

Hi Kathy Streib - thanks! I'll be reading my "Sunset Garden Book" in the evenings to come, to figure out what to plant. (I haven't yet figured out how I'll make the time!)

Hello Joe Pryor - your comment made me smile. Happy I am that it's a garden plot I've acquired! 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Hello Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington and Brian England - I'm sure I'll be posting progress at "my" garden plot from time to time. I'm getting excited.

Bob Crane - you're right--Rachael is as excited as I am, and my husband (not a gardener) has volunteered to help. I think we'll have a family project, with lots of good times.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

After living in a condo for 5 years, and too busy many years before then, gardening will be a new adventure, Sheila Anderson - I'm looking forward to it.

Hello Myrl Jeffcoat - I think in any community where there are a lot of high rises, community gardens are in demand. I had to wait 7 years to get one of the scarce plots. Other community gardens in the city have shorter wait times, but I can walk to this one - 30 minutes and I'm there!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

I'm getting excited now, Donna Foerster - not sure from which pot I'll snatch the necessary time, but new things are good.

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - I hadn't though of raspberries .... I'll think about that--could work well.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Oh my gosh, Lottie Kendall - let those fears go and your green thumbs sprout! I'm excited to see what you plant and what spot you get!  Gardening is one of my favorite pastimes - such good 'therapy!'  ENJOY! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 3 years ago


Having your own garden at Ft Mason Community Garden will be a great opportunity to grow your own fresh produce.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

I had to read this post to see what you would be willing to wait anxiously for 7 years.  Kudos on your patience.  m

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 over 3 years ago

Debe Maxwell - fears are gone; excitement reigns! I chose my garden plot yesterday.

Hello Lou Ludwig - fortunately for us, we have wonderful year-round farmers' markets for produce. I'll try my hand with flowers in this shady garden plot

Happy Sunday, Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint - this community garden will be a fun experience for me - I'm very excited.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago