Work Hard, Plant Hard

Planty Places Travel Guide

Here I'll keep a running list of public plant-filled places I've been and those I'd like to visit, including botanical gardens, nurseries, conservatories, plant shops and even restaurants, coffee shops, and buildings. Please message me or tag @plantyplaces or #plantyplaces on Instagram if you have suggestions or photos to share, as I hope we can inspire each other with our plant travels! I add more all the time, so check back! 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 @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 enjoy 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!

  • Landmark Plant Company. Curated plant shop in Leucadia. @landmarkplantco.

  • 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

  • Andy’s Orchids. By appointment only. Over 7000 species of plants including orchids, rhipsalis, Hoya, peperomia and more. Many quite rare. @andysorchids

  • 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!)

  • The House of Plants in Chula Vista @thehouseofplants_

  • *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. They usually have string of hearts (Ceropegia woodii) and many Hoya in stock.

  • 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

  • Moosa Creek Nursery in Hidden Meadows @moosacreek

  • 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.

  • *Waterwise Botanicals Bonsall, CA (north SD county) @waterwisebotanicals

  • Eden plant shop. Darling small plant shop in the University Heights area of San Diego.  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

  • Mission Hills Nursery @missionhillsnursery

  • (Tip - the above 4 spots are very close together and make a nice mini plant tour!)

  • *Green Gardens Nursery in Pacific Beach. @greengardenssd

  • Botanica Home and Garden in Ocean Beach  @botanica_home

  • Twin Peaks Mall Poway, CA. Large succulent living wall in the shape of a wave. #TwinPeaksGreenwall

  • 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/Long Beach/Orange County areas

  • Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens - MUST VISIT. Absolutely incredible place. Huge botanical garden. @thehuntingtonlibrary

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

  • Folia Collective - upscale gorgeous plant/plant accessories shop in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. @foliacollective

  • *San Gabriel Nursery

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

  • Toro Nursery

  • 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.

  • *South Coast Botanical Garden

  • *The Sill Los Angeles. @thesill.

  • *Los Angeles Flower District

  • *Wyldbnch (grand re-opening April 20, The Container Yard) @wyldbnch

  • *Ponderosa Cactus

  • *Potted Glendale

  • *Mickey's Plants

  • *Planta Nursery in Highland Park. @plantanursery

  • *Cactus Store - A boutique-style LA cactus shop with a sister shop in NYC. @hotcactus_la

  • *Pitchoun Bakery & Cafe - huge living wall @pitchounbakery

  • Rolling Greens - HUGE houseplant and pottery selection! Also found my large philodendron "pink princess" here.

  • *Sunset Blvd Nursery. @sunsetblvdnursery

  • *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?

  • *Sherman Library and Gardens. Corona Del Mar. @theshermangardens

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

  • *Kit Coffee - Coffee and plant shop in Newport Beach

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) @shoproadtrip

  • *Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree

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!

Central California

  • *Grow Nursery @grownursery in Cambria


  • *Public Land @publiclandstore

San Francisco/Oakland/Bay Area

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:

  • *The Dry Garden Nursery @the_dry_garden_nursery


  • *Sam Bridge Nursery @sambridgenursery

  • *J+L Orchids @jlorchids


  • *Creekside Garden Center Fort Collins

  • *ReRoot. Curated plant and flower shop in Denver. @rerootgardens

  • *Green Lady Gardens in Denver. @greenladygardens

  • *Little Lula Rose @littleluladenver

  • *Amethyst Coffee Co. Lots of plants including flying Pothos! @amethystcoffeeco


*Inland Bays Garden Center

District of Columbia

  • *Little Leaf Shop @littleleafshop

  • *Ginko Gardens

  • *National Botanical Garden

  • Smithsonian Museum has some garden areas!

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.

  • *Florida Cactus nursery north of Orlando. @florida.cactus

  • *Craft & Common - coffee shop in downtown Orlando with plants from @landofalicestudio. @craftandcommon

  • *Costa Farms wholesale grower @costafarms

  • *Thrive Water and Garden in Tampa @ThriveGardenandWater

  • Kanapaha Botanical Garden Gainseville, FL. Among many other beautiful sightings, see giant "Victoria" lily pads in person.

  • *Wild Roots in St. Petersburg. @wildrootsstpete

  • *Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. @sunkengardensstpete

  • *Porch Therapy in Orlando. @porchtherapy

  • *Land of Alice in Orlando @landofalicestudio, shop open by appointment only. Online plant sales at


  • *Flora/Fauna ATL - Plant Boutique in Atlanta @florafaunaatl

  • *The Victorian Atlanta. “A Creative Plant Shop.” @thevictorianatlanta

  • *Two Urban Licks restaurant in Atlanta. Large living wall!

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!

  • Maui Kaumahina State Wayside Park

  • 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 - *KCC Cactus 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. 


  • *Grounded Plant & Floral Co @groundedplantfloralco


(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!)

  • Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago, IL

  • *Morton Arboretum @mortonarb

  • *Gethsemane Garden Center in Andersonville @gethsemanegardencenter

  • Chicago Botanic Garden

  • *Plant Shop Chicago @plantshopchicago and

  • *Sprout Home Chicago and @sprouthomechicago


Des Moines

  • *DSM Botanical Gardens

  • *Art Terrarium

  • *Harvey's Greenhouse


  • *Family Tree Nursery. Multiple locations. @family_tree_nursery


  • *Snug Harbor Farm in @snugharborfarm

  • *Mahoney’s Garden Center, @mahoneysgarden


  • *Sylvan Nursery in Westport

  • *Niche Urban Garden Supply in Boston


  • *Flowerland. Large Michigan nursery with 3 locations.

  • *Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit

  • *Matthaei Botanical Garden and Nichols Arboretum, University of Michigan


  • *Como Park Zoo and Conservatory St. Paul, MN @comoparkzooandconservatory

  • *Tonkadale Greenhouse

  • *Mother Earth Gardens @motherearthgardens


  • *Courtney Farms in Ocean Springs. @courtneyfarms


  • *Lauritzen Gardens

New Orleans

  • *New Orleans Botanical Garden

New York

  • *The Sill @thesill and

  • *28th Street - from the sounds of it, lots of planty spots on this street!

  • *Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • *Rooted NYC in Brooklyn. @rootednyc.

  • *Greenery NYC in Brooklyn. @greenerynyc

  • *Brooklyn Plantology. @brooklynplantology.

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

  • *Dahing Plants @dahingplantsnyc

  • *Plant Shed NYC and @plantshednyc - lots of plants and pots!

  • *Sprout Home Brooklyn and @sprouthomebrooklyn - great selection of succulents, cacti and pots

  • *Kings County Nurseries in Brooklyn. @kingscountynurseries

  • *Green Fingers Market @greenfingersmarket

  • *Hicks Nurseries in Long Island. @hicksnurseries

  • *Add Water And Light. Queens. @addwaterandlight.

North Carolina

  • *Reynolda Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC @reynoldagardenswfu

  • *Big Bloomers Flower Farm in Sanford @bigbloomersflowerfarm

  • *Malone’s Nursery in Charlotte. @malonessucculentgreenhouse

  • *Pender Pines Garden Center in Hampstead.


  • *Miller Nature Preserve in Avon. @mnplcmetroparks

  • *Kingwood Center Gardens @kingwoodcentergardens.

  • *Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus. @fpconservatory


  • *Joe and June

  • *Myriad Botanical Gardens @myriadgardens


Portland (former hometown):

  • Pistils. If you are a plant person on Instagram, then I don't need to tell you! For everyone else, Pistils is a plant shop in North Portland selling beautiful plants and plant accessories. Some of their plants are not for sale but beautiful to visit nonetheless. @pistilsnursery

  • Solabee. Not far from Pistils, Solabee is a plant and flower shop in North Portland also home to amazing specimens. They sell great plant accessories as well. @solabeeflowers,

  • Appetite. In Southeast Portland, a shop specializing in vintage (furniture, home goods, etc) and plants including many cool cacti. They have already potted plants as well as mix and match. They also make their own foliage printed curtains and canvas cache pots.

  • Portland Nursery. Great spot in Portland for all kinds of plants, many sizes and shapes available!

  • Japanese Garden.

  • Rose Garden

  • *Pomarius Nursery

  • *Fang & Feather Pet and Garden Supply @fangpetandgarden

  • *Birds and Bees Nursery

  • *Arium Botanicals @ariumxintent Northeast Portland plant, coffee and tea shop started by @urlocalplantboy.

  • *Local Branch @localbranch

  • *Hammer and Vine

  • *The Potted Elephant - appointment only - outside Portland. @thepottedelephant

  • *Cistus Nursery on Sauvie Island

  • *Gurton's Plant Shop in Hillsdale @gurtonsplantshop

  • *Talise Garden @talisegarden

  • *Uflora Plant House in Newberg (outside Portland) @ufloraplanthouse and

  • *Lovejoy Workshop in Tanasbourne @lovejoyworkshop - @cleverbloom often has potted plants for sale here!

  • *Fieldwork Flowers @fieldworkflowers

  • *Starflower @starflowerpdx

  • *Pierce Street Gardens in Eugene. @pierce.street.gardens

  • *Historic Deepwood Estate in Salem


  • *Rita Lees Nursery @ritaleesnursery - a small family owned gem of a nursery!

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!)

  • *Bestow & Bloom and @bestowbotanicals


  • *PA Orchid Exchange @pa_orchid_exchange

  • *Rhoades Garden @rhoades_garden

  • *Longwood Gardens

  • *Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. @phippsconservatory

Rhode Island

  • *Peckham’s Greenhouse

South Carolina

  • *Abide a While, @abideawhile


  • *Hewitt Garden & Design Center in Franklin. @hewitt_gc




  • *Ruibal’s plants. Multiple locations in Dallas. @ruibalsgardenshop.


Fort Worth

San Antonio

  • *San Antonio Botanical Garden


Salt Lake City


  • Sunnyside Nursery

Washington State

Seattle area

  • *Plant Shop Seattle and @plantshopseattle

  • *Urban Sprouts Store and @urbansproutsstore

  • *Swanson's Nursery and @swansonsnurseryseattle

  • *Cultivate Propagate. Online and brick and mortar store in Seattle, rare plants! @cultivatepropagate

  • *Greenhouse @gwgreenhouse

  • *Molbak’s Garden and Home in Woodinville @molbaks

  • *The Spheres. Conservatory (over 40,000 species of plants!) and work space in downtown Seattle. @seattlespheres

  • *Volunteer Park Conservatory

  • *Flower World and @flowerworldusa


  • *Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. @olbrichgardens

  • *Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville.



  • *Hortus Botanicus

  • *Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam @hoteljakarta.ams

  • *Het Oosten. Huge nursery!

  • *Berry Coffee Shop @berryamsterdam


  • *Hass & Co plant shop - Perth

  • *Bar Botanik plant shop - Perth

  • *Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne and Cranbourne @royalbotanicgardensvic

  • *Wollongong Botanic Garden - New South Wales

  • *Oxley Nursery @oxley_nursery

  • *High Swan Dive in Newcastle @highswandive

  • *On the Side - boutique pots, plants, home goods in Victoria @ontheside_


  • *The Plant Corner @theplantcorner



  • *Fleuriste Abaca Montreal @fleuristeabaca

  • *Jungle Fleur in Montreal. @junglefleur.mtl

  • *Bloedel Conservatory (Vancouver area)

  • *Dynasty Toronto

  • *Rice Road Greenhouses @millionplants

  • *Oakville Municipal Greenhouse, Ontario

  • *Valleyview Gardens Toronto

  • *Cloud Gardens Conservatory (Toronto). Check the hours! per @leighkiyoko they have an amazing mounted staghorn and kokedama.

  • *Montreal Botanical Garden

  • *The Butchart Gardens Vancouver Island @thebutchartgardens

  • *The Organic Press @theorganicpresstoronto

  • *Terra Greenhouses (Toronto Area)

  • *Run and Gun Coffee @runandguncoffee Toronto

  • *Mika Fleur (Toronto) @stuidomikafleur

  • *Buddha-Full Vegan Restaurant. Strong plant game and swings for seats! North Vancouver. @buddhafullprovisions

  • *Tropical House at Gage Park, Hamilton, Ontario

  • *Cactus Fleuri Inc - Montreal area -

  • *Stamen & Pistil Botanicals @stamenandpistilbotanicals

Costa Rica

  • *Spirogyra Jardin d Mariposas in San Jose - spectacular Monstera adansonii!

  • *Jardin Else Kientzler in Alajuela. @jardinelsekientzler.

  • *Viveros Exotica. Plant shop in San Jose.


  • *Viherpaja

  • *Opuntia @opuntia_tre

  • *Botanical Garden of the University of Tartu


  • *Leaf Paris

  • *Atelier Green Factory

  • *What the Flower and @whattheflower_paris

  • *Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil

  • *Le Cactus Club @lecactusclub and

  • *Ikebanart in Paris. @ikebanart.

  • *Paper Plane in Nice @paperplanenice An organic, vegan restaurant with beautiful planty decor.


  • *The Botanical Room. Plant shop in Berlin. @thebotanicalroom

  • *House of Small Wonder Berlin (also with a Brooklyn location). @houseofsmallwonderberlin

  • *Botanical Garden in Munich

  • *Botanischer Zoological-Botanic Garden

Hong Kong

  • *Flower Market

  • *Salisbury Garden


  • *Marc Zika Bonsai Studio. This looks like a botanical garden that also sells in store and online. Use google translator if needed, to navigate the site! Address: 2030 Érd, Napvirág u. 4-2. 4-2.

  • *Wild Flower Bar



  • *Bosco verticale in Milan

South Korea

  • *Yuma Urban Greenlife in the Mapo district of Soeul.

  • *Ilsan Lake Park's Cactus Greenhouse


  • *Mulu National Park in Sarawak


  • *Rosetta Restaurant (Restaurante Rosetta) in Mexico City. @restauranterosetta.

  • *The Orchid Garden in Chapultepec Park. Mexico City.

  • *Blend Station coffee shop in Mexico City. @blendstation_

  • *Chaya B&B Boutique in Mexico City. @chayabnb.


  • *Wildernis @wildernisamsterdam

  • *Plantaardig Middelburg @plantaardigmiddelburg

  • *Berry Amsterdam - an eatery with planty decor. @berryamsterdam


  • *Qach Lifestyle Garden @qachlifestylegarden

  • *Pianta House in Pampanga @pianta_house


  • *Lisboa Jardim Botanico


  • *Cluj-Napoca Botanical Garden. Famous for their huge lily pads and much more!

Saudi Arabia

  • *Sultan Garden @sultangarden


  • *Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh