- Location: Berkeley, CA
- Website: cactusjungle.com
We have an annoying tendency to kill more plants than we would like...which is exactly how we discovered cacti and succulents. They have an incredible ability to ward of our "black-thumbs-of-plant-misery" and have since upped our gardening egos to overly-inflated levels of competence. Which is why we mistakingly thought we had wandered in to our own personal heaven when we discovered the Cactus Jungle last summer.
We're particularly partial to their fantastic collection of houseplants, but lately we've been tempted to try out our new skills on some of the larger cacti.
The owner claims that the business grew from an "out of control hobby" and his enthusiasm is overly abundant in the details found around the garden. Plants are grouped in categories from "Shade Tolerant" to "California Natives" (a growing category for the nursery) and nary a black plastic container is in sight.
Don't forget to check out the covered shop to take a peek at their selection of air plants and gardening supplies. Feel free to ask questions, the owners have helped us out of a bind (or two or three...) in the past.
Before you leave (with your arms full), take a minute to introduce yourself to Benjamin, local model and garden assistant.
Oh, and one last tip...sign up for the online newsletter while you're there. It's full of helpful hints and truly gorgeous photography by owner Peter Lipson.