"If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair".... well, then you have to hit up the famous SF Wholesale Flower Mart on Brannan Street.
Composed of a MASSIVE warehouse where 60+ vendors pack the large facility with cut blooms, potted plants, branches, and other natural materials, the SFWFM also includes "stores" lined up one by one selling specialty products such as orchids, potted tropicals, floral supplies and other hard goods. It's the nucleus of the Bay Area's floral industry and you can basically get everything you need to run your flower business.
This place was quite large and pretty exciting to see the product being offered.
|These manzanita branches were to die for!|
|A baker's multiple dozens of already cut succulents!|
|An assortment of Bromeliads sold here for floral work!|
|My favorite Tillandsia xerographica|
|Puffy hydrangeas including some unusual peachy types!|
|A close-up of these soft peach Hydrangeas that were probably dyed. =(|
|A most interesting manipulation of Phalaenopsis orchid spikes shaped into a heart|
|Fresh old-fashioned garden roses!!|
Another interesting observation was a business that I've heard a lot about in various publications. "Farmgirl Flowers" is tucked into a vendor stall within the SFWFM and boy is business thriving for them. What surprised me most were the multiple employees. Two long tables up front are flanked with Macs with 5-6 people at a table probably taking orders and in the background you can see all of their supplies and the arrangements being assembled. They supply locally sourced flowers throughout the city and often do special events.
For more information about the market, visit their website (which could use a reformat and update):