Succulence: Life and Garden Store in Bernal Heights

Succulence: Life and Garden Store in Bernal Heights

Jess Watson
May 20, 2010

Store History

Succulence might be a little tricky to find upon first visit, but after you make your way through Four Star Video in Bernal Heights you will enter a lush world full of things to see, taste and touch. Just having opened earlier this year, Succulence is a Bernal Heights hideaway offering supplies for succulent living. And while the main focus is plants, the store also features artwork, tableware, vases and kitchen supplies.

Succulence is cultivated collectively by Frauke Swoboda, Daniel Palmacci, Amy Shelf and Ken Shelf. Ken Shelf was kind enough to share some words about the motivations behind their new curatorial project:

Succulence believes in cultivating and extracting that which is delicious, juicy and full-of-life (in other words, succulent). We find succulence in the simple and in the sublimely unusual, in that which is local and in the treasures from far away. We believe that living succulently means finding and promoting richness in what we do - whether it is what we eat, what we eat upon, or the things and people that surround us as we experience the ordinary and the extraordinary in life.

Their current inventory list includes:

• All manners of succulents, large and small, unplanted or planted, as well as some airplants and bromeliads.

• Vertical gardens ranging from those planted in reimagined found objects to custom manufactured planting systems (Pleated Planters, FloraFrames.

• Planters (custom manufactured metal, modern-lined (Adam's Ceramics), vintage and standard clay pots).

• Garden necessities (soils, pebbles, fountains, lawn sculpture, vintage furnishings, heirloom seeds - with plans to carry other garden tools in the future).

• Vintage and handmade tableware and vases (including ceramic cups and vases by Diana Fayt Design - with plans to carry works by other ceramic artists).

• Decorative and utilitarian art (3-D metal art by LogicalSpace Design from Rome and silk-screened key holders and coat racks from Tiny Sparks Design).

• Handmade wooden cutting boards and rolling pins by Roberto Gastelumendi.

• Large inventory of canning and food preserving supplies (they currently carry over 20 jar types) as well as some of their own concoctions such as Apricot jam, Pink Grapefruit marmalade, Brined Lemons, Lemon chutney and other seasonal preserves.

Be sure to stop by this new Bernal Heights respite that is sure to become a great resource for all your outdoor needs. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to receive regular updates at

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