ISSUE 9  |  Garden Design

Accessories: Hanging Terrariums & Vases

March 02, 2009 9:42 PM

BY Julie Carlson

We love the hanging terrarium in today's Architect Visit: Boor Bridges in San Francisco. These mini-biospheres are a great way to bring a touch of green inside with minimal effort—and maintenance.

Above: The spectacular handblown Glass Birdhouse is $595 at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco; call (415) 626-7256 for information.

Above: Fill your terrarium with low-maintenance Tillandsias plants; Pistils Nursery in Portland offers information and inspiration for creating a terrarium.

Above: Mothology's Hanging Glass Globes can be used as vessels for exotic plants instead of candles; $11.50 each.

Above: Flora Grubb Gardens sells Wall-mounted terrariums starting at about $15 for the small size; call (415) 626-7256 for information.

Above: Napa Style's Bolla Glass Hanging Vases made from recycled bottles can also be used as mini terrariums; $20 for one, $36 for a pair.

Above:  The Hanging Plant Orb from Brooklyn-based Perch is $104 at Sprout Home.

Above: The Teardrop Diamond Hanging Vase is on sale for $4.95 at CB2. 

Above: The Teardrop Vase is $4.95 at CB2.

ISSUE 9  |  Garden Design

Shopper’s Diary: Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco

March 02, 2009 6:38 PM

BY Julie Carlson

San Francisco indie landscape designer Flora Grubb has made a national name for herself, taking an alternative approach to the indoor and outdoor landscape–she favors non-flowering succulents and hardy, hard-to-kill plants in her quirky creations. She’s also a proponent of alternative and recycled materials–she has created gardens for Luscious Garage using old tires and car parts as planters, and her vertical garden for the Hotel Bardessono was recently featured in the New York Times. Get a sense of her style at her eponymous San Francisco shop, located in Bayview, where she sells French garden furniture, gardening books, accessories, and offers on-site espresso courtesy of Ritual Coffee. All photos from Flora Grubb or Flickr.

ISSUE 9  |  Garden Design

Architect Visit: Boor Bridges in San Francisco

March 02, 2009 11:15 AM

BY Julie Carlson

This 840-square-foot cottage was once the Betty May School of Dance—hence the dinged and pockmarked floors; more recently, San Francisco architects Boor Bridges renovated the space with garden-shop owner and hip horticulturist Flora Grubb. The space features a clever chimney/lightwell, which acts as a divider between the bedroom and living areas, and the bedroom opens onto a lightwell/patio with an irrigated vertical garden designed by Flora Grubb and a custom concrete soaking tub. Photos by Marion Brenner and Open Homes Photography.