Guides, gardens, and great websites.

Landscape Pro Learning Guides

Watershed Approach
A comprehensive guide of sustainable Bay Area landscape design.
Strategic Tree Planting
A strategic approach to tree planting that supports young trees.
Will Call Checklist
Check out this handy checklist before you arrive to pick up your plants.
Pollinator Plant List
Pollinator-friendly plant list for Bay Area landscapes.

Find Popular Plants for Landscape Pros

If you’re looking for an efficient and effective plant selection strategy, check out some of the MOST POPULAR PLANTS used by Bay Area Landscape Pros. From ground covers and grasses to flowering shrubs and trees, to vines and succulents, just click on the plant that you’re interested in to learn all about it.

Find your plants in Colma

Get oriented to our wholesale nursery by downloading a handy set of detailed maps that show all of the areas in our Colma Growing Grounds. With these tools in hand, you’ll know where the plants that you’re looking for are located.

You can print our maps or take them with you to find your way around when you arrive. To get your maps, just click the button below.

Find a Landscape Pro

Our Landscape Pro Referral List is a group of qualified Bay Area Landscape Professionals that can help homeowners and other interested parties find a Landscape Pro in their geographic area.

Our list is not a recommendation or rating of these resources. We are simply offering a no-obligation referral service and are not responsible for the quality or cost of the Landscape Pro’s work.

Trade Organizations

The Plant California Alliance works to improve the understanding of plants as integral parts of our ecosystem that support the health and well-being of all Californians.
The California Landscape Contractors Association is a non-profit trade organization of licensed landscape and landscape-related contractors.
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers | APLD is an international organization with a mission to advance the profession of landscape design and to promote the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals.
The Society’s mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.
The industry’s premier professional association focusing solely on arboricultural consulting by providing a comprehensive, objective viewpoint to the diagnosis, appraisal and evaluation of arboricultural issues.

Plant Research

The CNPS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and conservation of California native plants through science, education, and conservation.
An educational, non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together gardeners and garden professionals to share experiences.
In addition to being considered one of the finest gardening magazines in the US, they also host a variety of events, lectures and educational opportunities including regional symposia and travel tours throughout the world.


World-class, public gardens here in the Bay Area that demonstrate and display the beauty, diversity and opportunity of what a landscape can be.
The Archives of American Gardens | AAG currently documents over 6,350 gardens throughout the United States from the 1870s to the present including written documentation, drawings, plans, and business files.
Connect to great gardens around the world, gardening education for all levels of skill, sources of information on any garden subject imaginable, and a community of gardeners eager to share their experiences, other great gardening events, and activities, and much, much more.
The professional association for public gardens in North America. They provide information for members and the public with many featured gardens

Education | History

Garden Guides gathers and aggregates knowledge from gardening experts to answer all questions about gardening.
Landscape Architecture Professional Practice| University of California, Berkeley Library.
Collections and studies trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world that features searchable plant information database, educational programs.
The Landscape Institute at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University continues to thrive as part of the arboretum.
We recycle this many used plant containers every month.

“Pacific Nurseries does a great job.”

Friends of the Urban Forest