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A little bit of Flora Grubb came home with me

I’ve had these Flora Grubb Thigmatrope Satellite Fleet air plant holders on my mental wish list since the first time I saw them online. This is the most clever, ingenious, slightly rustic, simple, elegant, artistic way to display air plants on a wall. At fifteen bucks a pop, I didn’t immediately order seven of them. I went through my usual internal dialogue–

Fifteen dollars? Each?! I wonder if I could make them. No. Who do I know who could make these for me? Elliot. Who do I know who would actually do it? No one. They really are clever. And somebody did already make them. Fifteen dollars really isn’t so bad and they’ll last forever. And here they are. And I’m only going to get three for now.

During my first visit to Flora Grubb on Friday, I decided that if I was going to buy anything, it should be a few of these, with an air plant for each. Perusing the air plants is half the fun.   (more…)

Visit to Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco

I made my first visit to Flora Grubb Gardens yesterday, a San Francisco garden shop I’ve admired online for years. It’s wonderful, and exceeded my expectations in terms of overall fabulousness. Flora Grubb was our last stop of the day before heading home to Sacramento, and the timing was almost perfect.

Except for Ritual Coffee Roasters being closed for the day, we happened to visit in the last hour before closing time. They were “un-crowded” enough for us to enjoy the park-like peacefulness and the opportunity to explore all parts of the nursery, from the outdoor garden vignettes with color-coordinated plants, pots and furniture, to the napping nursery cat, to all the cool, clever and useful supplies inside.

This is air plant heaven, succulent heaven, junk art heaven, garden furniture heaven, and nursery + cafe heaven. We even experienced parking heaven as I was able to pull my Honda into a spot right out front. After a day of parking dramas and dodging buses, cyclists, and pedestrians, it felt somewhat decadent to be able to park… for free… at the entrance.