San Francisco nurserywoman Flora Grubb has converted gardeners, urban planners, and designers in California and worldwide to her cause of making lavishly beautiful landscapes that require minimal water and chemicals. Her artful Bayview District nursery, Flora Grubb Gardens, has become a gathering place for design-driven gardeners who are pursuing a wiser use of resources.
Complemented by a shop with outdoor furniture and garden-related gifts and books, Flora’s nursery hosts garden- and art-related events and invites visitors to linger at an in-house branch of Ritual Coffee Roasters. The nursery serves as a base for Flora and her associates’ work on private garden designs and public greening projects.
After 20 years of Texas gardening, Flora Grubb saw the dazzling bloom of a Puya alpestris in Golden Gate Park and moved to San Francisco to delve into a horticultural wonderland. In 2001 she started a landscaping company and then in 2003 opened a small nursery with her business partner, Saul Nadler, in the city’s Mission District. Distinguished by her selection of exceptional plants suited to California’s Mediterranean climate, Flora’s neighborhood nursery soon became a source of design inspiration for gardeners and landscape designers. In 2007 Flora and Saul expanded the nursery to its new facility designed by Boor/Bridges and built by Matarozzi Pelsinger builders.
Flora was named a Tastemaker by House and Garden magazine in 2007, and by 7x7 as one of the Hot 20 Under 40 in 2008. In 2012, Flora was honored in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards. Flora Grubb Gardens has been profiled in Sunset, Garden Design, Travel & Leisure, Domino and Dwell magazines, and in the New York Times.
Before all of that ...
I spent my first five years in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania before moving to Austin, Texas, where I learned to garden in heat and drought.
This is my family. My dad, who taught me to garden and my Mom, who taught me to see what's beautiful. My sister Rebekah, who taught me to always be making art. Moses, who reminds the rest of us to never sell out. Joe, who started my first landscaping company with me and helped build the vision for Flora Grubb Gardens. And Jonathan, my sounding board and constant reminder not to accept what has been done as an indication of what can be.