Ploughshares is a retail and wholesale nursery specializing in locally grown California native, drought-tolerant, and edible plants. It carries organic mulch, soil, soil containers, seeds, and herbs. Its trees come in standard and dwarf sizes, including hard-to-find varieties. Ploughshares is a nonprofit business venture of the Alameda Point Collaborative and the supportive housing community. It occasionally hosts educational workshops, too.
This family-owned business specializes in landscaping materials, including gravel, sand, rocks, bark, mulch, and more, with an emphasis on locally sourced materials.
Primarily a florist, Adachi has a wide selection of blooming plants, balloons, European basket gardens, orchids, and fountains, and offers same-day delivery of floral arrangements for everything from births to weddings.
Alden Lane is a large nursery with a wide selection of flowers, perennials, shrubs, garden accessories, indoor plants, orchids, and support materials. Alden Lane Nursery also offers several hundred fruit trees as well as edible plants and herbs. If you're wary of pesticides, Alden Lane sells lady bugs for aphids and soil-friendly slug and snail repellent. It also occasionally hosts classes and other community events.
The design supply company stocks everything from blended soils for rooftop gardens to select stone for building restoration.
Having a difficult time finding a specific plant? Maybe a Dahlia coccinea or a Ranunclulus californicus? Check out Annie's. They specialize in rare annuals, perennials, and California native wildflowers, and also provide delivery and interstate shipping.
Unlike many large nursery chains, Armstrong Garden Center is 100-percent employee-owned and touts itself as the largest independent retail nursery company in California. Armstrong has a large inventory ready to meet most gardening needs. It carries edibles, garden accents, houseplants, and water gardens. It also sells barbecue islands, pottery, patio furniture, gardening equipment, and sod. Armstrong provides in-store consultation for gardening questions but will not make house calls.
Specializes in handmade cast concrete products, including fountains, benches, bird baths, and statues.
Berkeley Horticultural is a medium-size, family-owned retail nursery that provides a large selection of plants with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. It has departments specifically for California natives, Mediterranean plants, roses, tropical plants, cacti, and bulbs. It also has a smaller selection of Japanese maples and citruses, as well as gardening supplies, fertilizers, and tools. Berkeley Horticultural Nursery also frequently hosts free classes. It will deliver locally but does not do mail-order.
Berkeley Indoor Garden has everything necessary to create and maintain a thriving indoor garden. It carries lighting equipment, ballasts, reflectors, lamps, hangers, a large stock of nutrients and supplements, trays, pumps, CO2 generators, fans, controllers, and books. Indoor Garden also has a smaller selection of products for outdoor growing, such as fertilizers, soils, gardening tools, and containers.
Berkeley's Secret Garden is a small shop that carries hydroponic systems, nutrients, supplements, and lighting systems. It has all the essential items needed to help you get the best yield possible from your indoor garden.
While Broadway Terrace specializes in orchids and flower arrangements customized by its staff, it also sells succulents, Bromeliads, houseplants, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and vegetables. It also carries soils, soil amendments, and pots, but the selection is somewhat limited.
Looking to save on your water bill? Cactus Jungle sells a variety of low-water plants: cacti, summer-drought bamboo, low-water grasses, as well as California natives. Looking for a gift? Cactus Jungle also has terrariums, carnivorous plants, and birdhouses. All of its plants are grown using 100-percent natural and certified-organic fertilizers, ingredients, and soil mixes. It also offers installation services, garden design, consultation, and cactus pruning.
Catering to the booming urban agriculture movement, City Girl Farmstore offers everything a city farmer might need: seeds, soil, feed, bee-keeping supplies, workshops, and even cute aprons.
The shop specializes in horticultural rarities and floral and garden design.