Originally opened in 1992 by two landscape designers as a gardening shop with a nod to the natural sciences, Paxton Gate has now become a Bay Area institution and destination. In its seventeen years, the scope of the one-of-a-kind store has expanded beyond plants and taxidermy to include architectural elements, vintage furniture, unique home accessories, fossils, lighting and beyond.
Some of the items available online.
Paxton Gate's owner Sean Quigley should issue a warning at the door: "Hours may be lost inside this store." Often described as weird, educational and beautiful all in one, this San Francisco gem is unlike anything we have ever scene. The staff is happy to let you spend your time navigated the thoughtfully curated store, but are at your service should you have a question about those fish fossils or the carnivorous plants.
Although the front half of the store is chock full of curiosities, don't neglect the back of the store where you can find all the tillandsias, succulents and ferns that your heart desires. Should you need some planters or top soil, you can find those here as well. In addition to its retail products, Paxton Gate also provides unique landscape design and construction for both residential gardens and commercial landscapes.
While you are in the neighborhood, be sure to check out their recently opened children's store, Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids, at 766 Valencia Street.
(Image credits: Jessica Watson)