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! Someday I may alphabetize but in the meantime, they are sorted by country in somewhat random order.

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!

  • 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.

  • 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 8 spots are within 10 minutes of each other. Makes for a good plant tour!)

  • The Succulent Cafe 505 Oak Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Succulents and coffee. What more do you need?

  • Liv 3 @shopliv3 San Marcos, CA. Plants, gifts and clothing.

  • *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. You could visit

  • 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 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

  • *Mickey’s Plants

  • *California Nursery Specialties Cactus Ranch

  • *Rolling Greens

  • *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).

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

Portland (former hometown):

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 – 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 (keep in mind you are generally not allowed to bring plants in or out of the state of Hawai’i without going through the proper approval channels and I don’t know what those are!).

Seattle area

New York Area

  • *The Sill

  • *28th Street

  • *Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • *Wave Hill (Bronx) Public Garden and Cultural Center.

New Orleans

  • *New Orleans Botanical Garden



San Antonio

  • *San Antonio Botanical Garden



  • *Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Miami area)

  • *Fancy Free Nursery (Tampa area)

  • *Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Rhode Island



  • *Kew

  • *Conservatory Archives

  • *Barbican Conservatory

  • *The Eden Project, Cornwall @edenprojectcornwall

  • *Forde Abbey and Gardens


  • *Lisboa Jardim Botanico





  • *Hortus Botanicus


  • *The Plant Corner @theplantcorner





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