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Flora Grubb Gardens (formerly Guerrero Street Gardens & The Palm Broker)

5 stars
Entry type:
Garden Centers and Nurseries

Street Address:
1634 Jerrold Street
San Francisco, California 94124 (United States)

Phone: (415) 616-7256

Click here to visit Flora Grubb Gardens (formerly Guerrero Street Gardens & The Palm Broker)'s website

Latitude: 37.7391510
Longitude: -122.3901596

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5 stars lancer23 On January 1, 2016, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Ahh, Foo foo, and young hipster Garden Center if I can re-name it.(in a good way) in this off- the-beaten-path part of the city. They even have a gourmet coffee counter/shop so you can sip your hot cup of joe when you are buying your plants. I will give a gold star for their plant selections because I already have 50% of the plants they have: begonias, orchids, bromeliads, cactus, succulents. Very good taste in what grows well here in SF. Very artistic way of displaying plants, great educational classes for the public. Great assets for our community.

5 stars francesca_sf On August 19, 2011, francesca_sf from Sunnyvale, CA wrote:

I've been to a dozen nurseries looking for drought-tolerant plants. Patrick at Flora Grubb spent a lot of time with me working with my design, making great suggestions, providing information one the sun and water requirements of each plant, and generally making it so easy to make good selections. The quality of the plants is absolutely top tier. The variety is wider than anywhere else except for wholesale places with 10's of acres of plants. And although I originally thought their prices were a tad high, after seeing what others in the area charge, I am convinced they charge slightly below average, (except for the big box stores but that's another story). They are everything you hope for in a nursery. Oh, and they have a rockin' coffee bar.

5 stars mrs_colla On November 25, 2009, mrs_colla from Marin, CA wrote:

I was soooo surprised to see this nursery, it is so much different from other nurseries, and at this location! It truly is a hidden treasure!

I arrived there with my husband, who likes plants and is tolerable of plant shopping, but who was happy to find plenty of resting places surrounded by the most amazing plants!

Just when we got there the young lady that runs the coffee shop went out for lunch, and she stayed out an hour and a half, so sadly no coffee for us. That was a bit of a bummer because I love coffee and that would have been nice for my husband too.

I bought 2 beautiful coffee cups that I just couldn't live without, a bunch of little succulents, a sour orange tree ( a rare one with tiny leaves; Chinoto), some great gardening books and some rarer salvias.

The price is reasonable, the display stunning. The people working there were super nice and knew and cared a lot.

The vertical gardening displays are very nice, albeit very pricey!

The wall with coloured tables and chairs caffee style is pretty, but the prices weren't; I felt those prices were way out of line. I own comparable furniture and bought it for way less ( and I mean more than $200 less!)
So I was also a little bummed that I couldn't buy those.

But overal, this is a destination that can count! I plan on coming back more often and treat it like a coffee shop with fixes for my plant-a-holic nature!

5 stars Kell On March 2, 2009, Kell from Northern California, CA wrote:

This is the most visually dramatic nursery I have ever been to though not so much for the plants themselves but for the designing elements of all their inventory combined. A bit yuppy! I almost felt too old and too fat to be there. LOL.

It is a good sized concrete square plopped down in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood that is gussied up enough to be entertaining to even a old nursery hunter like myself! A destination nursery for sure that is well staffed with helpful, knowledgeable people. The staff seemed at ease and used to people dropping by just to enjoy the garden space with a cup of coffee in hand from their in house coffee shop, Ritual Coffee. It offers plenty of enjoyable seating located all over if by chance a reluctant gardening voyeur tagged along with you.

It is not like most nurseries but more designed to be a display nursery or perhaps more personally an ever changing garden with many rooms in which everything is for sale. The bones of it are many huge mature palms in big wooden boxes that add the visual WOW to each vignette displaying their other wares as well as giving it a tropical feel. It might have as many garden accents (gifts, art, furniture, whimsey, books, magazines, and tons of pots, etc.) in it as it does plants.

The Palm Broker is also housed here which must be responsible for all the dramatic palms all for sale. There are many smaller palms to be had also. Flora Grubbs has a big inventory of agave not found in most nurseries, some unique bromeliads, as well as some typical phormiums, leucadendrons and protea, bamboo, some acacias among other things in their inventory. It did not have the typical flats of 4 inch, 6 pack or gallon color. A good selection of small potted succulents and some cactus are also available.

I have only been here a few times in winter so I am anxious to see if their spring offerings bring anything more thrilling plant wise to their colorful garden. I am thinking it will.

5 stars RuTemple On February 13, 2007, RuTemple from San Jose, CA wrote:

For years this was a solo guy, who brokered palm trees around the region; I don't believe he even really had this as a show plot, but more of a storage place. Some younger gardeners hooked up with him, and recreated it as a splendid little in-town nursery, and have recently changed the name to the springhtly Flora Grubb.
The electronic newsletter is a hoot. The good folks working there have an easy good humor in person, too.
The kindness of these folks? I stopped in on a walk in the neighborhood when we lived in the Mission, and had to buy A Few Things, as one does, and rather than have to go move the car in impossible-to-find-street-parking SF, they let me walk my goodies home a couple of blocks away in one of their little red wagons. Now, that's the type of kindness, on top of deep knowledge ot the many little local mini-bioregions within SF, is what makes me a lifetime delighted customer.


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