San Francisco nurseryman 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.
Flora Grubb came of age as a gardener in Austin, Texas during a drought. Dazzled by the flora of the Bay Area, she moved to San Francisco in 1999 and in In 2001 started a landscaping company. 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.