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5 Bay Area nurseries have the plants you’re looking for — orchids, palms and more

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VACAVILLE, CA - JANUARY 29: Ornaments and plants are displayed for customers at Morningsun Herb Farm in Vacaville, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Sure, you can go to your favorite home improvement store and pick up the plants that everyone grows. But if there’s something special —something unique — you just have to have for your garden, nothing compares to a homegrown nursery, and the Bay Area boasts plenty of them.

While it’s true that big box stores, which often offer plants at discounted prices, have driven several family-owned businesses under, the nurseries that survived did so with clever pivots: They expanded their plant selection and focused on specialty plants, such as herbs, orchids, California natives, Asian plants and palms.

These are some of our favorites.

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