San Francisco nurseryman Flora Grubb has converted gardeners, designers, and urban planners in California and worldwide to her cause of making lavishly beautiful landscapes that require minimal water and chemicals to maintain. Her artful Bayview district nursery, Flora Grubb Gardens, has become a gathering place for design-driven gardeners who are committed to the 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 started a landscaping company. In 2001 she 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 leading 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 Architecture and built by Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders.
House and Garden named Flora a tastemaker in 2007, and in 2008 she was included as one of the “Hot 20 under 40” in 7x7. In 2012, she was honored as part of Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards. Flora Grubb Gardens has been profiled in numerous publications, including Sunset, Garden Design, Travel & Leisure, Domino, and Dwell magazines, and in The New York Times.