One of our favorite places to gather inspiration is Flora Grubb Gardens, located in the BayView neighborhood of San Francisco. Not just a garden center, this place is a wonderland of fantastic foliage, creative plant displays, and comfortable gathering zones.

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If you want a vertical garden, this is the place to go! They have a wide variety of shapes and sizes—including wild unmanicured rectangles, neat succulent squares, and even letters.

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flora big letter

And oh, the color you’ll see here! From the citron painted wall to the bright pots and saturated Fermob furniture, it’s a kaleidoscope of color.

flora orange pots

flora blue pots

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We especially like Flora Grubb’s ideas for incorporating plants in rather unusual places. Got an old car hanging out in your yard? Turn it into a garden!
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Here’s an idea that’s more realistic for most of us: remove the board at the center of your table and replace it with a tray of succulents. It’s a permanent centerpiece.

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Speaking of succulents, you won’t find a better selection of them (and their close cousins, the cactus) anywhere in the Bay Area.

flora succulents

flora cactus

Flora Grubb Gardens is a not-to-be-missed destination for gardening enthusiasts as well as brown-thumbed design lovers. Did I forget to mention the coffee bar inside too?

Photographs by Lauren Hosmer

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