Plant Travels

Here I’ll keep a running list of places I’ve been and those I’d like to visit, including botanical gardens, nurseries, conservatories and plant shops. Please message me or tag #plantyplaces on Instagram if you have suggestions or photos to share, as I hope we can inspire each other with our plant travels! This page is a work in progress, so I’ll add more places and details to each locale as I have time. Starred places are on my bucket list – haven’t been yet!

They are alphabetized first by states in the United States (I don’t mean to be US-centric but it’s where I live and have the most information on), and then by countries Internationally. Enjoy!

United States


San Diego (current hometown):

  • San Diego Botanical Building at Balboa Park. Free gorgeous botanic house located on the grounds of Balboa Park near downtown San Diego. Balboa park is also home to many museums, restaurants, and the zoo.

  • San Diego Zoo – a Botanic Garden as well!

  • Solana Succulents and @solanasucculents. Jeff Moore owns and operates this darling nursery filled with succulents and cacti, some quite rare species. Jeff is incredibly knowledgeable about his plants! Also a great simple pottery selection. Kids enjoyed playing hide-and-seek in the nooks and crannies.
  • Barrels and Branches Nursery. Encinitas nursery offering many succulent varieties, vegetables, houseplants, airplants, and more. My go-to for modern pottery near my home. They also host great workshops and you can rent the beautiful space for events.

  • Weidner’s Gardens. Wholesale and resale nursery. Lots of succulents and landscape plants. Good houseplant and airplant selection as well, with some cute pots.

  • Anderson’s La Costa Nursery, Large selection of succulents, cacti, landscape plants, gardening/plant gear, pots, and a very large houseplant greenhouse. I’ve found some rare plants here too!

  • Cordova Gardens nursery. Large selection of succulents, hanging plants, pottery, and huge houseplant collection. Many peperomia and hoya are usually available. Fiddle fig forest on my IG feed.

  • Sunshine Gardens. Lots of landscape plants. Small but darling houseplant selection. Large aquatic plant selection. Great place to take the kids – they have goats to visit and carp to see!

  • Leucadia Floral. Make your own potted succulents, find some cool houseplants (I found my rope hoya and parachute plants here). Cute terra cotta pottery. On instagram @leucadiafloral

  • Gardens by the Sea Nursery. Very large but somewhat hidden nursery with a huge succulent collection, a lovely houseplant greenhouse, and a cactus house. Need I say more? I saw more silver dollar plants (Xerosicyos danguyi – a hard to find succulent) here than I ever have.

  • San Diego Botanic Garden. Beatiful outdoor botanic garden in the hills of Encinitas.

  • (Tip – the above 9 spots are within 10-15 minutes of each other. Makes for a good long plant tour!)

  • California Pacific Orchid Farm. If you love orchids you must visit! Close to the spots above. They sell beautiful orchids and will also house your orchids in their “orchid hotel” between blooming for a small monthly fee. They repot and call you when it’s ready to pick up!
  • The Succulent Cafe 505 Oak Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Succulents and coffee. Small but great non-succulent houseplant collection as well.

  • Liv 3 @shopliv3 San Marcos, CA. Plants, gifts and clothing. Lots of little cacti and hanging hoya with beautiful planters to put them in!

  • Green Thumb nursery San Marcos, CA. Very close to Liv 3!
  • *Grigsby Cactus Garden in Vista

  • North County Roots Nursery in Vista. Very large wholesale/resale succulent nursery with excellent prices and finds – not usually open on weekends FYI but check! Instagram @north_county_roots_nursery

  • Rancho Soledad Nursery. 30 acres of plants all for sale. Lots of landscape plants, but many succulents and tropical for sale. You can ask to be escorted around in a golf card and load your goodies as you go! Found my Alocasia zebrina here.

  • Eden plant shop. Darling small plant shop in the University Heights area of San Diego.  Just opened fall 2017. Instagram

  • North Park Nursery. Sister nursery to Eden plant shop. Lots of succulents, houseplants, and darling pots.

  • Pigment. Plants, succulents, and gifts. Check their active IG feed for more. @shoppigment

  • (Tip – the above 3 spots are very close together and make a nice mini plant tour!)

  • Walter Anderson’s Nursery – San Diego and Poway. Large family owned nursery with lots of succulents and landscape plants, plenty of pottery, and though small some really good houseplant finds like hoya and calathea varieties.

Los Angeles Area

  • Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens – MUST VISIT. Absolutely incredible place.

  • Los Angeles Arboretum – MUST VISIT. Absolutely incredible place.

  • Folia Collective – upscale gorgeous little plant/plant accessories shop in Pasadena

  • Tip – the above 3 spots are within about 20 min of each other and make for a good little (big?) plants tour.

  • Rainforest Flora – experts in airplants with a HUGE selection. Also an amazing place to visit – like a botanic garden. Waterfalls, turtles, tropical vibes.

  • Right Tribe – hidden on a side alley in Manhattan Beach, CA. Owners make their own leather goods including plant hangers. Plants for sale as well as lots of cute goodies to pair with plants.

  • *Los Angeles Flower District

  • *Ponderosa Cactus
  • *Potted Glendale
  • *Mickey’s Plants

  • *California Nursery Specialties Cactus Ranch

  • Rolling Greens – HUGE houseplant and pottery selection! Also found my large philodendron “pink princess” here.

  • *California Nursery Specialties Cactus Ranch (Thousand Oaks area)
  • Peacock & Co (Long Beach) @peacockandcompany – small but sweet plant shop with a great selection of plants and pots. Super nice owner. Shared space with a cute little boutique.

  • 6th and Detroit (Long Beach) – plants and vintage. Need I say more?

  • Organic Designs by Aggelige (Orange County – look for the airstream at The Camp). Airplants in cute pots.

Inland from LA – Riverside/San Bernardino Counties

  • Piep. Darling plant shop in downtown Riverside. Family owned. They grow and sell pilea but they sell lots of other great plants, too. I found my heart shaped hoya and two of my rhipsalis here. On IG

  • *Shop Road Trip (Lake Arrowhead area)

Palm Springs

  • Moorten Botanical Garden. Privately owned botanic garden in the heart of Palm Springs with a dreamy cactarium, many cacti and desert succulent species some very unusual. They do sell some plants and pots here, too!

San Francisco

Santa Cruz/Half Moon Bay area

  • *Dig Gardens @diggardens (thanks to @kolokea for this rec!)
  • *Half Moon Bay Nursery. @halfmoonbaynursery
  • More in Half Moon Bay listed here:


  • Creekside Garden Center Fort Collins

Florida (spent four years living in North Florida and can’t wait to do a state plant tour!)

  • *Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Miami area)

  • *Fancy Free Nursery (Tampa area)

  • *Miami Beach Botanical Garden

  • *Local Gardens by Margo @localgardensbymargo in Tarpon Springs.
  • *Till Plant Company @tillplantcompany – darling vintage trailer pop-up plant shop in the Orlando area.

Hawaii (former hometown, where I was raised)

  • Kauai – Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Incredible botanic garden on the North Shore of Kauai. If you like tropical plants then this is your spot!

  • Oahu – Lyon Arboretum

  • Oahu – Paiko plant shop. IG @paikohawaii. Workshops, build your own terrarium or succulent potted mix, and pick up some very nice plant accessories.
  • Oahu – Ginger13. Wonderful houseplant and pottery selection. Grab a beautiful piece of custom jewelry while you shop for plants! @ginger13hawaii
  • Oahu – Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

  • Oahu – Foster Botanical Garden

  • Oahu – Lili’uokalani Botanical Garden

  • Oahu – Moanalua Gardens

  • Oahu – Wahiawa Botanical Garden

  • Oahu – Waimea Botanical Garden

  • Oahu – Koko Crater Botanical Garden

  • *Once Again Hawaii succulent shop – @onceagainhawaii – call first! They are not always open during their listed hours. They do pop-ups elsewhere on the Island as well. 


(I was born in Chicago and I think I went to the first 2 when I was young, which is why they aren’t starred. Can’t wait to go back though!)


Des Moines



New Orleans

  • *New Orleans Botanical Garden

New York



Portland (former hometown):

Ashland (Side note, I love this town!!! Went to the Shakespeare Festival with my hubby pre-kids and stayed in an amazing B+B. Highly recommend visiting Ashland!)


Rhode Island




San Antonio

  • *San Antonio Botanical Garden

Washington State

Seattle area



  • *Hortus Botanicus



  • *The Plant Corner @theplantcorner









  • *Lisboa Jardim Botanico



  • *Kew

  • *Conservatory Archives

  • *Barbican Conservatory

  • *The Eden Project, Cornwall @edenprojectcornwall

  • *Forde Abbey and Gardens

  • *Prick London @prickldn


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