An Aloe Manifesto by Tyson Curtis

My name is Tyson, and I’ve traveled the world in search of rare and elusive aloes and literally worshipped at their feet. This is my manifesto on why aloes are misunderstood, which I believe begins with the ubiquitousness of Aloe vera. Let’s shatter the preconception that all aloes somehow fall into this single category and come to truly appreciate the versatility of the genus Aloe.

Lush Indoor Gardens at San Francisco's Mister Jiu's

"Plants make everything better!" says Anna Lee Jew, Creative Director of the stylish (and delicious) Mister Jiu's restaurant in SF's Chinatown. We couldn't agree more! Houseplants are the perfect antidote to the seasonal blues, so we're taking a peek inside Mister Jiu's to get inspired by the lush indoor garden that Anna and her husband, chef Brandon Jew, created with plants from Flora Grubb.

Limited Editions

Our Limited Edition Gardener's Bandanna

We're thrilled to introduce our limited edition Gardener's Bandanna, created for Flora Grubb Gardens through a collaboration with Santa Cruz artist Lili Arnold. The design features the 'Queen of the Night' cactus, Selenicereus grandiflorus, whose elusive, sweetly scented flowers only bloom after dark. The hand-carved cactus pattern is printed on a 100% cotton indigo blue bandanna. 

Books, Palms

Designing with Palms: By Jason Dewees

Five years in the making, Jason's beautiful new book from Timber Press offers a wealth of design inspiration and ideas, exquisitely photographed by Caitlin Atkinson and featuring gardens in Hawai`i, South Florida, the Bay Area, Southern California, South Carolina, and the Desert Southwest. Jason shares lessons from some of the best designers working with palms in the United States. 

The Beauty of Tillandsia

Tillandsias – “air plants” – can live where few other plants can because in nature they live perched on branches and rocks and need no soil. Their soil-less habit is why we call them air plants. We have an incredible selection of tillandsia at Flora Grubb Gardens. Learn more about them here.

The Perfect Display for your Tillandsia: Thingamatrope Satellite and Thigmotrope Perch

Thigmotrope Satellite and Perch are vehicles for cultivating plants in otherwise hard-to-reach places. Thigmotrope Satellite is simple to install and makes caring for tillandsia air plants equally easy. It screws directly into a mounting surface such as painted drywall or a wood plaque. Thigmotrope Perch is a simple display to show off your tillandsia air plant on a table, shelf, or other horizontal surface.