Sunday, November 8, 2009

Browsing at Flora’s

Many of you have been to Flora Grubbs Nursery in San Francisco, but for those who haven’t and have only seen the nursery in print, here are a few more photos.

On Sunday I visited the nursery to check out the glazed pottery selection.
There were fantastic finds of all kinds.

I didn’t purchase any pots today at Flora’s because I found exactly what I was looking for at AW Pottery Wholesale in Oakland the day before, but that didn’t stop me from browsing Flora’s beautiful nursery.

Inside the covered portion of the nursery hangs a Wooly Pocket Wall
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A view down one of the corridors
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Another lovely section of the nursery
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This Bocconia from San Marco’s Growers caught my eye
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Colorful and Comfortable
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An artful vignette
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Love the ‘ballerina legs’ on these stools.
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I saw these same pots in Indonesia a few years ago and liked them then too.
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More colorful seating
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A textural view down the nursery path
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Giant Potato Creeper Vine Solanum wendlandii - must have one !
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Chairs and Tables hanging from the side of the building
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After we left Flora’s Nursery we went to The Building Resource Center to check out some recycled items that we could work into our current and upcoming sculptural projects. I’m contemplating doing a vignette for the 2010 Garden Show.... just contemplating for now.
Barrels of tumbled colored glass, pottery shards and terracotta pots.
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Karen said...

Hey Michelle, found you via Loree's blog, Danger Garden. Interesting to see your two different views of Flora G's, someplace I have never visited despite having lived in SF (maybe it started up after we left in 2000? Or I was just not a gardener yet so it wasn't on my radar.) I hope you do something for the garden show and make is super rad. The Seattle one is so stodgy sometimes, the few really cool and original gardens really stand out. Cheers!

Susan aka Miss R said...

I so want to visit Flora Grub and will when I come out there in February. I also hope you do more than consider a vignette for the SFGS. If you do decide will you post the all the glorious details and process here for us to follow along? --Susan

Tara Dillard said...

OMG, wish I had been walking those aisles with you.

Have a client needing a trinity of fabulous pots for her deck. Rooms overlooking the deck have 'significant' art on the walls. Obviously the pots must match in significance or her artwork will be reduced.

Too bad we can't shop & lunch together.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Carolyn Parker said...

Pretty great stuff. Thanks

Christine said...

I just realized she has a blog, too. Flora is an excellent curator and has incredible style, doesn't she? And Building Resources, too? What a great day of field trips! Hope you do a garden for the show- I'd love to see it!

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Hello Karen,
I REALLY enjoy the Danger Garden Blog. Loree has a great perspective on all things gardening.

Hey Susan,
I hope you have a great time when you're out here in Feb. If you need a hand putting together an itinerary let me know and I'll be glad to help.

I LOVE Flora Grubbs nursery , but to tell you the low down dirty truth, I rarely purchase anything from there. The prices are just too high. I know she has huge overhead and has to charge what she does but I have accounts at many of her resources and tend to go direct to my suppliers.
I have on occasion purchased something at her fantastic nursery, but it just doesn't happen that much for me.
You might have some luck looking at AW pottery in Oakland for your pots. They have the largest line of Zinc and a breathtaking selection of S.E. Asian pots.
If you are looking for something clean , crisp and angular try Ore Containers. Flora sells his line and you can order directly from them. I tend to go for the powder coated finish than the raw steel finish.

Carolyn, I agree, fantastic stuff !

That's a great phrase to use to describe Flora's style, a "curator's eye".

To all, good gardening.

danger garden said...

Thank you for the kind words about Danger Garden and right back at ya! I love getting my 'garden porn' fix!

I remember AW Pottery from their booth here in Portland at the Farwest Show. Amazing stuff! I can't wait to see what you bought!

Daxin said...

Love your blog and Flora Grubb Nursery. That plant in photo #4 looks more like Sonchus canariensis.