We’re Loving These Delightful Plant Shops Around the West
Some of our favorite places to buy plants, according to local green-thumbs
I may know a thing or two about getting plants on the cheap, but on the rare occasion that I need a little retail therapy, you can often catch me cooing at a plant baby (or a few) at a really twee plant shop. Whenever I’m traveling, I love popping into a cute nursery even if I can’t bring something home—it just brings my heart peace to be around all the plants.
I asked around to find out where other plant lovers like to shop, and got some good inside tips. Here are some of the sweetest plant shops the West has to offer.
Arium Botanicals (Portland)
I don’t just love Portland’s vegan/queer-owned Arium Botanicals because its *a d o r a b l e* owners have absolutely no chill about aroids (one of my favorite plant families as well!); I love this store because of the sheer variety of plants they cram into a relatively modest space. They just upgraded to a new storefront, and it’s packed to the rafters with rare plants for collectors, easy-care specimens for new houseplant parents, and impressively large specimens for folx with deeper pockets. They also offer classes and workshops accessible to all budgets.
Clement Nursery (San Francisco)
Open since 1941 on a dairy farm that’s been around since the turn of the last century, Clement Nursery is San Francisco’s oldest plant shop! (I’m such a sucker for historic claims to fame.) They also have their own bespoke soil blend that they created specifically for growing cannabis.
Fig Earth Supply (Los Angeles)
This wonderful L.A. shop not only has tons of gorgeous plants, but Fig Earth Supply in historic Mount Washington also offers fruit tree and cannabis classes to help green thumbs perfect their home growing. The space is also available to rent for events and shoots, in case you want to party with the plants.
Flora Grubb Gardens (San Francisco)
Flora Grubb Gardens is both a plant shop and a wholesale plant nursery that grows their own stock. Credited with contributing to succulents’ skyrocketing popularity over the past decade, the shop stocks a fair bunch of ’em, plus many more indoor and outdoor varieties. They’re serving up solid #outdoorliving vibes, too, with stylish backyard furniture scattered throughout, where you can sip a latte from the onsite cafe and dream of all the pretty things you’ll buy and put in dirt.
Gardenwerks (Helena, MT)
This Helena plant shop and garden center has a gorgeous selection of bulbs, perennials, and green gardening supplies, and because they have an on-site flower farm (great for weddings!), they offer classes in flower arranging and flower crowns too. Gardenwerks also has a staff landscape architect to help get your yard in order.
Indoor Sun Shoppe (Seattle)
I know I’m a sucker for pretty much anything 1970s West Coast, but even modern plant parents will love Indoor Sun Shoppe in Seattle. This groovy Fremont houseplant shop is doing their part to keep that crunchy old-school houseplant vibe alive—they’ve been making the Evergreen State a little greener since 1970. They also sell light therapy boxes (or as I call mine, “happy lamps”), bringing the sunshine indoors for those dark and soggy, SAD-inducing Pacific Northwest winters.
Mickey Hargitay Plants (Los Angeles)
Opened in 1980, Mickey Hargitay Plants in L.A. looks like a secret garden oasis in the city. They sell plants and indoor gardening supplies, obvi, but this plant shop offers a super-special plant nanny service; they’ll come take care of your plants for you so you can enjoy all the benefits of having houseplants without worrying about keeping up with the maintenance.
Not that Hawaii needs any help getting more beautiful, but Paiko in Honolulu is making it happen anyway. They sell plants, botanical crowns, leis, and incredible bouquets of sumptuous tropicals, and their founders also wrote a book on Hawaiian flower arranging. They even have a flower bar!
Pistils Nursery (Portland)
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Pistils has pretty much everything a garden geek like me needs: ✔️gorgeous houseplants (including probably the most exquisite selection of staghorn ferns I’ve ever seen outside a botanical garden) ✔️Japanese hand tools ✔️urban chicken supplies and ✔️garden plants that are anything but run-of-the-mill. They offer classes on everything from tying up your own kokedama to DIY terrariums. They’re also a woman-owned small business, so you can feel good about giving them your money.