10 of the Best Plant Stores and Nurseries in San Diego That You Can Visit

10 of the Best Plant Stores and Nurseries in San Diego That You Can Visit

It happens every spring – friends who have the foresight to plant seedlings as the weather changes, start texting photos of their great crops. Images of plump tomatoes and bright peppers haunt us, making us stare wistfully at our abandoned garden beds and empty patio pots. But not this year. Fall is the perfect time to plant seedlings or enhance your home decor with houseplants available at San Diego plant stores.

With the right amount of sunlight, water, and gentle care, your gardening endeavors will pay off when warmer days arrive. Whether you want to transform your apartment into a low-maintenance succulent paradise or wow your friends with an entirely homemade salad at a dinner party, these native plant stores have you covered.

Here are 10 of our favorite plant stores in San Diego:

Courtesy of Barrels and Branches Nursery

Barrels and branches nursery

Encinita

Located on Santa Fe Drive, Barrels & Branches is a hidden gem filled with an array of plants, succulents, pottery, and garden accessories. This spot in North County is a haven for gardeners looking for plants suited to San Diego's local climate, including drought-tolerant varieties like leucadendron, lomandra, grevillea, and others sourced from similar environments, such as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and New Zealand. Mediterranean.

hours: 8am – 5pm daily
1452 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas

Mission Hills Nursery sign with reading text "The oldest nursery in San Diego"
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Mission Hills Nursery

Mission Hills

Mission Hills Nursery, founded in 1910 by legendary San Diego botanist Kate Sessions, is the city's oldest plant station and still serves plant lovers to this day. Sessions—known as “Mother Balboa’s Garden”—and her successors have fostered a wide array of plant varieties, a spacious outdoor sectional, and some friendly garden companions in the form of a resident cat, a couple of chickens, and an oversized garden gnome. In addition to flowers, the store sells artificial landscaping tools, fertilizers, planters, fruit trees and even landscape design services for more ambitious gardening projects.

hours: 8am – 5pm daily
1525 Fort Stockton Drive, Mission Hills

Rows of plants in a greenhouse at Terra Bella Nurery
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Terra Bella Nursery

Chula Vista

Spread across 300 acres of plant and wholesale farm property on the outskirts of Imperial Beach, Terra Bella Nursery features endless flower beds filled with greenery, bulk plant supplies, and an affordable green waste disposal service. Our experienced nursery staff can assist you with any planting project, including custom orders and landscaping services. Keep an eye out for their next location in the Midway area.

hours: Monday – Saturday 7am – 5:30pm; Sunday 8am – 3:30pm
302 Hollister Street, Chula Vista

A variety of succulents at Walter Anderson's Plant Shop
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Walter Andersen Nursery

Point Loma, Poway

Founded in 1928, Walter Andersen Arboretum is a wonderful destination for plants for every season and environment in San Diego. They offer a variety of options, from flowers and vegetables to ferns and orchids. The spacious indoor-outdoor nursery hosts free, hour-long gardening classes every Saturday at its Point Loma and Poway locations. Additionally, visitors can take advantage of a “hedge fund” loyalty program for repeat buyers, a 90-day plant guarantee, and a weekly podcast in which Walter Andersen's expert gardeners answer listener questions and dive into all things plants.

hours: 8am – 5pm daily
3642 Enterprise Street, Point Loma
12755 Danielson Court, Poway

Cordoba Gardens

Encinita

Family owned and operated, Cordova Garden Center is a paradise for plant lovers looking to transform their backyard into a peaceful oasis. They sell a wide range of plants, focusing on tropical varieties such as plumeria, bromeliads and hibiscus. In addition to its selection of flowers and herbs, Cordova sells elaborate stone fountains, bird baths, terracotta pots, and other outdoor decor to enhance your lush haven.

hours: Monday – Saturday 8:30am – 5pm; Sunday 10am – 4pm
902 Encinitas Street, Encinitas

The exterior of the Armstrong Garden Center plant store in San Diego
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Armstrong Garden Center

Cajun

Whether you're an experienced gardener looking to expand your vegetable garden or a houseplant newbie looking for a low-light companion, Armstrong Garden Centers have you covered. With three locations in San Diego, Armstrong caters to gardeners of all skill levels, offering a variety of outdoor plants, tools and decorations. And if your batch of plants is too heavy to carry, fear not – Armstrongs offers delivery services, ensuring your towering ficus or 50-pound bag of fertilizer arrives at your doorstep with ease. After an afternoon of planting seedlings, your back will thank you for skipping the extra step of transporting them indoors.

hours: Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm; Sunday 9am – 6pm.
1755 East Main Street, Al Kakhon

People attending a succulent arranging workshop at North Park Nursery
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North Park Nursery

North Park

Located in the heart of North Park on University Avenue, this plant store offers native plants, arrangements, and gardening supplies in a compact but cheerful storefront. North Park Nursery specializes in native plants suitable for San Diego's often arid climate and dry soil conditions, including succulents, aloes, cacti and other desert plants. Consider booking their event space for a succulent arrangements workshop, and don't forget to check their Instagram regularly for updates on new arrivals and discounts.

hours: 10am – 5pm daily
2335 University Avenue, North Park

A variety of plants and flowers at Green Thumb Nursery and Plant Shop
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Green Thumb Nursery

Saint Mark

Polish your green thumb at this spacious garden center in San Marcos. This one-stop plant store in San Diego sells a wide range of drought-tolerant plants, fruit trees, tropical flowers, houseplants, herbs, aquatic plants, and even patio furniture for you to lie down and smell the roses. Green Thumb Nursery sprawls across four acres of green bliss and has everything you need for the garden of your dreams, including eclectic decor like tikis and life-sized bear statues.

hours: 8am – 5pm daily
1019 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos

Botanica for home and garden

Ocean Beach

Houseplants make great home decor, and you'll find plenty of them at Botanica Home and Garden. Located just steps from Newport Street in Ocean Beach, this San Diego plant store and boutique is a must-visit for anyone looking to spruce up their living space with botanical magic. In addition to their Instagram-worthy plant and succulent collections, they sell a selection of handcrafted pottery, antiques, and local art. If you're feeling creative, join their ceramics workshops and open studio hours from 12-6pm seven days a week to throw up your own potted plants.

hours: Monday – Friday 12pm – 6pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
1909 Cable Street, Ocean Beach

Ceramic garden figurines and succulents outside at City Farmers Nursery and Plant Shop
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City Farmers Nursery

City Heights

Located in City Heights, this place is the place to be for San Diego farmers looking to grow their own produce. While they specialize in edible plants and fruit trees, City Farmers Nursery offers a range of supplies for raising chickens, goats and fish as well. During your visit, be sure to join the “Sunshine Club,” a free quarterly program that provides visitors with a variety of flower seeds to try in their own gardens (while supplies last).

hours: Wednesday – Sunday 9am – 5pm; Closed Monday and Tuesday
3110 Euclid Street, City Heights

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