Garden boutiques and nurseries are great places to dig up some inspiration for your potted plants and arrangements this season. Whether you’d like something colorful for your deck, fresh herbs for your kitchen or something low-maintenance to enjoy, Bay Area garden stores will have all the advice, supplies and stimulation you need to get started.
Yamagami’s Garden Center – 1361 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA: With a rich history going back to 1948, this family business has blossomed from a modest fruit stand into a go-to center for advice, planning services and of course a big selection of plants and trees. They’ve got gardening guides just for containers and even deliver to more than 60 zip codes in the Bay Area.
Flora Grubb Gardens – 1634 Jerrold Ave., San Francisco, CA: This San Francisco gardening center is more like a design boutique that offers inspiration as well as instruction. A Ritual Coffee kiosk is on-site to get you revved up to roam the yard or find a heated bench in the garden and enjoy the setting. You can also get your hands dirty (or let an expert do it for you) at the potting bench, where you’ll find all the dirt, plants, containers, tools and finishing to design your own something beautiful.
Half Moon Bay Nursery – 11691 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, CA: You’ll find more than three acres of plants, flowers, trees, seeds and all the tools you need to make your garden grow at this family-run gardening center. Fans know it’s like a gardener’s paradise and fun to explore.
Succulence – 402 Cortland Ave., Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA: We’ve got two words for you: Moss walls. Those are pieces of natural art that come in different textures, colors, sizes and styles. Only, they’re made with preserved plants, barks and branches, which means they’re not alive. There’s nothing to water, but plenty to enjoy. You’ll also find fun classes and a slew of natural designs for your apartment.
Cactus Jungle – 1509 4th St., Berkeley, CA: For fancy houseplants that don’t need a lot of water or attention, this is a spot to check. The owners have been at this for 30 years and know their stuff. Plus, you’ll find some boutique items like handmade planters and other ceramics, crystals, garden soaps and artisan candles.
Clement Nursery – 1921 Clement St., San Francisco, CA: Billed as San Francisco’s oldest nursery, Clement Nursery was founded in 1941, and is housed in the historic buildings of a dairy farm that dates back to 1904. The barn, stables and cottage have been restored with a kind of funky-modern vibe. You’ll find native plants and unique garden accessories, too.