San Francisco, California
“Entrepreneurship has to be in your blood,” says Bay Area nursery owner Flora Grubb. “It’s an ability to see opportunity where other people might see problems.” Grubb saw her chance at having her own business in 2003, when she shifted from designing gardens to owning a plant nursery. Working with partner Saul Nadler (a former design client of Grubb’s), she did a makeover on a palm-tree nursery in the Mission neighborhood, expanding and moving it to a 28,000-square-foot space in San Francisco’s industrial Bayview district. Housed in a new steel-frame and barnwood structure, Flora Grubb gardens is a trend leader that Grubb feels reinforces her mission of “introducing a real peace and joy in city dwellers’ lives through the act of gardening.” She has also made education a cornerstone of her business, hosting lectures on sustainability and vertical gardening. These events, and an on-site ritual roasters café, turn Flora Grubb Gardens into not just a nursery but a creative hub for horticulture and design.