Together Fern-Ever: The Bay Area Plant Shops We Love

Together Fern-Ever: The Bay Area Plant Shops We Love

By Rachael Medina
Staff Writer October 03, 2019

Whether you live in an apartment in San Francisco or in a Craftsman home in the Oakland Hills, verdant plants help to spruce up any space. While you could buy a tiny cactus or basil plant at the local market, it’s hard to know where to find quality plants that will last in such fickle weather. With the fog in the San Francisco Peninsula, intense heat in the East Bay, and a little bit of everything in between, it’s tricky to find something that will survive the journey home. But luckily, there are numerous plant shops in the San Francisco Bay Area that specialize in caring for plants that thrive under the region’s varying weather conditions. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Flowerland Nursery

Flowerland Nursery has been an urban oasis in Albany since 1974, featuring an impressive assortment of succulents, houseplants, natives, grasses, and perennials. Photo courtesy of Flowerland Nursery. 

Location: 1330 Solano Avenue, Albany

This magical plant shop in Albany offers everything from fiddle-leaf figs that make your interiors more inviting to succulents that liven up your outdoor living spaces. On top of carrying an impressive assortment of plants, Flowerland Nursery is one of the largest—and most Instagrammable—in the Bay Area. After winding through the maze of pileas, monsteras, and polka-dotted begonias, fuel up at the equally photogenic Highwire Coffee Roasters trailer tucked just outside the shop.  

Paxton Gate

A one-stop shop in San Francisco, the quirky Paxton Gate houses an array of plants, home decor, rare minerals, ethically sourced taxidermy, and curio from around the world. Photo courtesy of Paxton Gate. 

Location: 824 Valencia Street, San Francisco

Nestled in the Mission District of San Francisco, Paxton Gate is more than just a plant store. This funky shop is known not only for its large collection of airplants, carnivorous plants, and tropical houseplants, but also for its wide selection of ethically sourced taxidermy, home decor, and books—you won’t have to go anywhere else to spruce up your space.


Tucked away on San Francisco's bustling Van Ness Avenue, Roots offers a variety of flowering plants, indoor trees, terrariums, vertical wall gardens, and succulents.  

Location: 425 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Roots has indoor plants figured out, featuring a variety of indoor trees, terrariums, succulents, and vertical-wall planters at its Mission District shop. Grab rare finds—such as variegated alocasia, ficus lyrata, and Zanzibar gem—before heading over to Mission Dolores Park, grabbing a San Francisco sourdough loaf at Tartine Bakery, or enjoying incredible vegan cuisine nearby


As the name implies, Succulence features a diverse selection of succulents at its San Francisco store as well as several hands-on gardening classes. Photo courtesy of Succulence. 

Location: 402 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco

Succulence houses one of San Francisco’s most diverse collections of succulents, cacti, and airplants. In the garden center, you can find any supplies needed to build your own terrarium or care for your plants. But don’t miss out on the nursery, either, where hundreds of plants await. Bring your wedding party to create centerpieces at the planting bar, take a terrarium or vertical-gardening class, or spend an hour touring the store on your own. With so much to admire, you’re sure to leave with a plant baby or two.

Plants and Friends

Situated in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood, Plants and Friends beckons with its lush exterior and varied collection of houseplants. Photo courtesy of Plants and Friends. 

Location: 542 Laguna Street, San Francisco

Plants and Friends is a houseplant-lover’s dream come true. From snake plants and rubber plants to draping ferns and cacti, this quaint store in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood has it all. Plants and Friends even carries a variety of plant sizes, so whether you need to plants to fill your apartment’s window sill or your office’s open-floor plan, you can find what you need here. 

Indeed, Plants and Friends is unlike many other plant shops. Instead of getting large deliveries, the owners curate this boutique with hand-selected beauties from Bay Area nurseries, only offering the best of the best. This artisanal approach allows you to feed your curiosity while also accommodating your lifestyle. Take advantage of the maintenance services available for commercial and retail spaces, and make sure to pick the staff members’ brains to learn how to care for your blooms


Decorate any tablescape or home with the myriad plants and artisanal home decor items available at Oakland's Neighbor. Photo courtesy of Neighbor. 

Location: 4200 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

Whether you’re shopping for a blanket, a few succulents, or a cute plant to hang by your window, this cozy home decor shop is a must-see while meandering along Oakland’s bustling Piedmont Avenue. Neighbor’s interior is filled with gorgeous houseplants and macrame hangers, but make sure to wander into the backyard to see the planter boxes and cacti collection, too. 

Dry Garden Nursery 

Specializing in drought-tolerant, low-water plants, Dry Garden Nursery in Berkeley provides everything from succulents and cacti to rare caudiciforms and crests. 

Location: 6556 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Dry Garden Nursery specializes in drought-tolerant plants and sustainable gardening techniques, so you’ll never have to wonder again whether your plants will thrive at your Bay Area home. From landscaping plants, to succulents, to bamboo, there’s a wide selection of hearty growers at this cute Berkeley plant shop. But the real gem of this store is the hot house. Its lines of succulents and cacti make for an incredible photo op, and you’ll definitely want to grab a few to take home.

Crimson Horticultural Rarities

Step inside the carefully curated Crimson Horticultural Rarities in Oakland to discover a wide range of unusual plants, apothecary items, and handmade goods. Photo courtesy of Crimson Horticultural Rarities. 

Location: 470 49th Street, Oakland

Located in Temescal—one of Oakland’s coolest neighborhoods—this plant boutique provides floral designs for weddings and events along with a variety of hand-selected plants in-store. Choose between an array of rare, unusual plants to build your very own indoor jungle. 

Staff Writer
Rachael Medina

Staff Writer Rachael Medina

Rachael Medina is the senior content writer and operations manager for She was born and raised just outside the Mojave Desert in Southern California and moved to the redwood forests o…

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