Bay Natives is a retail nursery at 10 Cargo Way, corner of Jennings Street, on San Francisco's industrial southern waterfront (Pier 96). We are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 to 5:30 weekends, closed major holidays and are recognized as the Bay Area's premier source for California native plants.
We offer distinctive and little-known native selections for the urban landscape. With a wide range of rare and endemic Bay Area locals, plus many choice specimens from across the state of California, our inventory carries more than 400 native plant species. Local San Francisco plants remain a specialty, but we also take pride in our extensive oak, manzanita, and trillium collections. Please note our array of interesting and unusual pot sizes.
When founded in 2005, Bay Natives was an online business only, and we have retained the shopping cart function on our website to this day though you are much better off coming in to see the plants. Inventory listed on the website is updated by the minute as plants sell but you must call before checking out to be sure the plants are healthy. We can hold your plants for pick-up for a week or two at most or deliver to your home or jobsite. Please register before shopping online, read our terms and conditions. When browsing our plant list, remember this only shows current availability. To see a complete catalog of species & sizes we have carried, click on 'options' below the search bar, then 'show all listings'.
Geoff runs Madroño, a landscape design studio in San Francisco. He writes about local native plants, landscape design, and other subjects, and has appeared as a native plant pundit on public television and the CBS evening news.
Our internship program offers opportunities for students, graduates, and horticultural explorers to learn the nursery trade first-hand. Interested parties, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bay Natives garden center is an amazing hidden gem near the end of Cesar Chavez, on the Southern Waterfront at India Basin. We offer a huge variety of drought tolerant California native plants that will bring your garden alive with bees, butterflies and birds. Jane Goodall recently wrote a book Seeds of Hope about how native plant gardening can be a powerful vehicle for restoring biodiversity in the world. How native plant gardening is the easiest and most direct thing we can do to change the world.
We have art, chickens - and goats next door, fruit trees, veggies and most importantly drought tolerant native plants to solve your drought problems.
California native plants don't like to be watered in the warm summer months - those conditions encourage root rot. California natives love a deep watering in the cool of winter, which is now! This encourages deep roots for drought tolerance. Strong El Nino patterns like this only come about once a decade. This is the opportunity of the decade to plant California natives to solve your drought problems, now!
Eventbrite Party Annoucement from November 2015
"Spacious nursery yard offers a large selection of native plant species, pottery & planting supplies." - Google
Co-owner Geoff, runs Madrono landscape design studio and is a pundit from the Chronicle and TV spots. Geoff is doing interesting work with green walls and modern design with native plants: 'Native Plants Through a Modern Lens'.
Designer Jon came to us with a botany degree a couple years ago, has a good sense of style with an amicable flair and he knows the plants.
Bay Natives has been around for ten years online, 4 years here in The Bayview with brick and mortar.
It's been great fun getting to know the neighborhood. We've collaborated with the neighbors - Literacy For Environmental Justice, PG&E, The Bay Insitute, Rec & Park, Kayaks Unlimited, India Basin Neighborhood Association, Sea Scavenger, Nomad Gardens, Tunnel Top Park, Sustainable Crushing, Audubon...
We call the raucous truck noise 'the sound of commerce'. Every trash truck in town passes by on the way to the recycle center and every bit of mail that enters or leaves San Francisco rolls by on tractor trailers. If you want quiet, visit us on a Sunday.
The roomy nursery grounds leased from The Port used to house 'The Pound SF' - a heavy metal night club. The soaring metal fencing is said to have been built by the Hell's Angels for security at a big gathering. Before The Pound, it was 'Bo's Bounty' with lunchtime lingerie shows and before that, The Bounty - a restaurant and bar for the longshoremen at the newly constructed Port facility. Built in the 70's as a Butler Building - steel I-beam design can stand structurally without the metal siding, so the plan is to remove the siding and roof and turn it into a greenhouse.
During the 70's they filled the Islais Creek tidal basin, expelling Buchertown to build The Port. A spit of land out into the bay which was intended to be the landing for a southern Bay Bridge eventually became today's Heron's Head Park - a restored salt marsh with rich bird watching diversity and the Eco Center, a demonstration green building - off the grid.
Around the same time we moved in, 2011, the front of the park was transformed from trucker parking to picnic tables, a dog run and native plant garden by The Port, Public Works and Rec & Park. Dramatic views to the downtown skyline, Oakland and the enormous Recycle Central warehouse - 3 blocks long - across Lashlighter Cove to the north. India Basin lays on the South, then Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, now being redeveloped as 'The Shipyard' for housing, there will be lots of parks and development. The Hunter's View public housing projects are being replaced with new mixed income condos.
The Dogpatch neighborhood a few blocks north, is a fast changing hotspot centering around the 22nd St. Caltrain station, providing transport to Silicon Valley. Pier 70 is going to be redeveloped. Old brick and steel industrial buildings have makers market fairs periodically while the plans are being drawn up. Warm Water Cove is another waterfront open space to the south of Dogpatch and Crane Cove will be a dry dock converted to waterfront open space north of dogpatch. Potrero Hill lies to the west above the elevated I-280 freeway.
The warehouses along 3rd Street in Dogpatch hold probably close to 100 incubator inventor startup studios where 3d printers burn out prototypes by the cubic yard. Inventor Central.
South of Potrero, following the lowlands where Islais Creek flows in pipes underground, is The Produce District (wholesale produce warehouses and market) and The Bayview, Bayshore, Oakdale, Evans MacBeath Hardwoods, 'Scrap' - recycled craft supplies. Silver Crest Donut Shop, BevMo, The Old Clam House - the oldest restaurant in San Francisco.
PG&E has a vacant parcel kitty-corner from us with India Basin waterfront. The India Basin Neighborhood Association's masterplan shows it as 'Restaurant Row' with grocery stores and offices above. Currently they have an NPR StoryCorps oral history sound booth in a shipping container onsite and they hold community events like circus's, petting zoos, outdoor movie screenings and barbeque cook-offs to engage the community while the plans are drawn up, just like Pier 70 at Dogpatch.
Heading down 3rd Street you'll find Flora Grubb garden center which specializes in exotic drought tolerant plants, not compeition to Bay Natives but complimentary. Across the street from Flora Grubb is All Good Pizza, an authentic San Francisco treat with all ingredients sourced from the neighborhood. La Laguna taqueria is delicious if not the quickest, Las Isletas doesn't look fancy but has pupusas to die for. Back in Dogpatch, Neighbor Bakehouse has the most delectable French puff pastry concoctions known to man. At Longbridge Pizza, I recommend the white pizza and add your favorite hot sauce or the basic margarita for good value and fast service. Perfect thin sourdough crust though the sauces are a bit bland and cheeze a bit stingy - so add your best tangy hot sauce and get a fairly healthy treat! Marcella's Lasagneria serves up semi-paleo lasagne with paper thin noodles, heavy on the home made fillings from a friendly, traditional Italian father-son team. The best taco truck is at 25th & Illinois - Tacos El Flaco - meaning skinny guy's tacos, which makes no sense because it's deliciously greasy but anyways it's yummers.
You may have heard about people bringing their christmas trees to feed the goats at the railyard at the port. You can watch them and feed them treats through the fence from our store next door.