Are you an avid gardener with dozens of thriving plants? Or a college student trying to revive your only succulent? No matter who you are, you can surely appreciate the life and energy that these little green friends bring into your home.
San Francisco is full of countless awesome plant stores and nurseries, but we’ve rounded up the 10 best ones so you can continue growing your plant family.
Located on the site of an old dairy farm from 1904, Clement Nursery has been providing excellent plants and more since it was founded 80 (yes, 80) years ago. Visit one of Richmond’s oldest structures and browse a variety of unique and wonderful plants.
Location: 1921 Clement St, San Francisco, CA
This beautiful garden center in the industrial district has been thriving since 1974. They offer everything from Christmas trees to succulents, and they have pandemic shopping hours on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30am for seniors and those with compromised immune systems.
Location: 550 Bayshore Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Sloat Garden Center has 13 locations across San Francisco, Marin and Contra Costa counties, making it the largest independent, locally owned garden store in the Bay Area. Sloat has been around since 1958 and provides quality gardening equipment, soil, and of course plants to SF locals and beyond.
SF Locations: 2700 Sloat Blvd, 3237 Pierce St, and 327 3rd Ave, San Francisco, CA
4. SF Plants
SF Plants is an addition to the 2-decades-old Bella Fiora A Floral Design Studio, helmed by SF native Dino and Irishman Mark. Their location will be expanding by 1,500 square feet in March, so be sure to enjoy an even larger selection soon! Order a stunning floral arrangement or pick out a beautiful houseplant for yourself.
Location: 1475 Polk St Suite 6, San Francisco, CA
Roots specializes in indoor plants for the urban gardener. Browse their unique selection of flowering and green plants, fruit-bearing trees, exotic orchids, succulents, vertical gardening kits, and terrariums. They’ll take your unique home situation into account and recommend the perfect plant to add to your collection.
Location: 425 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
This full-service nursery in the Castro district has been around for 25 years. It has over 240 flats of flowers, seasonal plants, fruit-bearing trees, carnivorous plants, and more. The knowledgeable staff at Hortica will help you identify problems with your own plants and help you navigate their bountiful selection of indoor and outdoor options.
Location: 566 Castro St, San Francisco, CA
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Flora Grubb Gardens boasts an enormous selection of gorgeous garden plants, trees, pots, planters, garden furniture, and much more. It’s named for Flora Grubb, a self-taught gardener from Texas who joined forces with her business partner Saul Nadler to open this expansive nursery in the Bayview district. Two decades later, it’s a thriving garden nursery complete with a Ritual Coffee kiosk (coffee kiosk temporarily closed due to the pandemic).
Location: 1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA
Living Green Design is a beautiful store offering garden sculptures, lush plants, landscaping services, and more. It’s home to award-winning landscape designers with an eye for high-quality plant and material selection. Clients’ opinions, needs and interests are carefully considered for each purchase, big or small.
Location: 1485 Custer Ave, San Francisco, CA
Succulence Life and Garden is a one-of-a-kind plant store offering a wide selection of, well, succulents… plus much more! You can have a virtual shopping experience via Zoom with one of their knowledgeable staff members, or join a virtual plant party. There are also gardening classes available, as well as a planting bar. Be sure to take a look at their beautiful Moss Walls, which are unique pieces of organic art.
Location: 402 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA
10. Paxton Gate
This eccentric store is home to a large collection of taxidermy animals, exotic insects, carnivorous plants, and more. You’ll find a beautiful selection of unique plants and succulents in their garden, along with gardening books and tools. Be sure to take a look at the rest of their wild inventory, as well — you might just leave with a taxidermy witch mouse. Learn more about Paxton Gate here.
Location: 824 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA
Arcana is a newly-opened urban greenhouse featuring dozens of thriving plants, beautifully crafted pottery and gardening tools, and cozy couches for lounging. The high, lofted ceiling features gorgeous raw wooden beams and skylights that let in a flood of light for a large collection of indoor and outdoor plants. If that weren’t enough, they host life jazz nights on weekends and transform into a wine bar in the evenings!
[Featured Image: @roots_sf via Instagram]