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Find your vines: Your guide to the best plant shops and nurseries in and around San Francisco

Xavier Moreno and Callea Wilson work at the front desk of Plant Therapy in San Francisco. | Benjamin Fanjoy/The Standard

Like many cities across the world, San Francisco fell in love with houseplants during the pandemic. And while a monstera might no longer fetch $4,000, the joy a bloom or bud may bring to one’s home during the holiday season could be priceless. 

We’ve rounded up a selection of top plant shops in the Bay Area, with shoutouts to a few of our favorites.  



Not many plant stores can boast that they also serve natural wines, but Arcana is the spot where lovers of vines and vino can meet. The beautifully designed shop transforms into a hip wine bar by night, offering sides of plant-based bites and hosting live music multiple nights a week. 

📍2512 Mission St. 

The Mellow

Haight, Mission, Pac Heights 

Arcana is not the only SF plant store where you can vibe with live music. The Mellow, which has three locations across the city, hosts an intimate jazz concert series at its Haight Street location as well as workshops on floral design, wreath-making and more.  

📍1401 Haight St. | 3236 21st St. | 1906 Fillmore St. 
☎️ (650) 215-6754


Bernal Heights 

True to its name, succulents abound at this Bernal Heights plant store, which also boasts a planting bar where you can make your own terrariums, vertical gardens and more. You can even work with Succulence to customize your own moss wall.   

📍402 Cortland Ave.
☎️ (415) 282-2212

Plant Therapy 

Castro, Tenderloin

This shop specializes in the rare and the unusual, from hanging and pet-friendly varieties to flora that thrives in low light.  

📍2077 Market St. | 687 O’Farrell St.
☎️ (415) 400-4563 | (415) 500-2037

Chai Saechao holds a philodendron gloriosum variegated plant at Plant Therapy in San Francisco. | Benjamin Fanjoy/The Standard


Lower Haight 

This petite plant store is an oasis of greenery off of Haight Street and also holds a treasure trove of unique gift items with earthy and botanical themes. It’s the perfect spot to pick up a potted plant with a complimentary greeting card as a gift.

📍206 Fillmore St.
☎️ (415) 863-8199

Often Wander  


Can’t decide between a potted plant or a beautifully scented candle for yourself or your friend? You don’t have to at Often Wander, a boutique on Valencia Street with a botanical bent that also specializes in soy candles and other scented gift items such as incense, reed diffusers, bath and body oils for the hair and hands. 

Pro-tip: Go home with one of these Often Wander products and get half-off on refills as well as an excuse to go back for another potted plant when you run out of hand sanitizer.   

📍593 Valencia St.
☎️ (415) 915-5317

Paxton Gate 


This legacy business is known for its array of taxidermied curiosities and animal oddities, but did you also know that it sells plants in the back? Whether you choose a fern, an air plant or a bonsai, you’re bound to find something unique amid this array of curious collectibles. 

📍824 Valencia St. 
☎️ (415) 824-1872

Sloat Garden Center 

Various NorCal Locations 

This Northern California chain, born out of San Francisco’s Sunset district and popular with locals, has three locations in the city and four in Marin. All Sloats carry a big selection of indoor beauties suitable for gifting—and outside, you can be sure to find a local rose, tree or cactus to wrap a bow around. 

📍3237 Pierce St.
☎️ (415) 440-1000

The Plant Therapy sign is displayed above the store's front entrance in SF. | Benjamin Fanjoy/The Standard

Clement Nursery


The site of a former dairy farm from 1904, Clement Nursery’s unique location makes its visitors feel a million miles away from the city. Find an array of trees, grasses, plants and flowers.

📍1921 Clement St.
☎️ (415) 750-3990

San Francisco Botanical Garden Bookstore

Golden Gate Park

A must-stop for green thumbs and those who buy them gifts. The shop is located on the edge of the garden and open every day, showcasing all manner of plant-related books, decor and gifts—oh, and plants too!—including natives and veggie starts. (And if you’re wondering, the Conservatory of Flowers across Golden Gate Park also sells poinsettias and other plants.) 

📍1199 Ninth Ave.
☎️ (415) 661-1316

Flora Grubb Gardens


The brainchild of the West Coast’s “modern plant maven,” this expansive nursery recently branched out from outdoor plants to houseplants and specializes in plants that need little water to flourish.   

📍1634 Jerrold St.
☎️ (415) 626-7256

The Plant Lady SF


This plant shop in the heart of SF’s Ingleside District spotlights artisan and environmentally friendly indoor plants and products. All plants are locally sourced and restocked biweekly.  

📍1637 Ocean Ave.

Of Soil and Moss


Find something truly unique at Of Soil and Moss on Telegraph Avenue. The minimalist plant store specializes in Kokedama, the Japanese gardening technique that perches a highly manicured plant atop a moss ball and stems from the art of bonsai. 

📍2312 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Las Selvas

San Bruno

And if you’re down in the Peninsula, be sure to check out the community plant shop Las Selvas, which sells plants from around the world, as well as handmade artisan items from Mexico and offers an educational youth plant program for families and youngins with green thumbs called Plant Pals

📍671 San Mateo Ave., San Bruno

Meta Florist


Finally, if picking up a plant or sending a bouquet afar is not possibility, Meta Florist might be for you. You may have seen ads for the mysterious floral service in SoMa, and if you’re wondering what it is, it’s the brainchild of renegade Japanese floral artist Azuma Makoto and a virtual flower shop where you can send NFT digital bouquets to loved ones. Several blooms are available on Meta Florist’s website for $27 and you can watch its website for more flower drops in the future. 


Farmgirl Flowers


An Oakland-born startup, Farmgirl’s burlap-wrapped bouquets are still as fresh and lovely as they were when the company started in 2010. The company assures customers that Bay Area-styled-arrangements a shipped anywhere by FedEx and UPS, and they’ll get ’em there on-time.


Shelley D. Fargo contributed additional research for this story. Maryann Jones Thompson contributed additional reporting for this story.