San Francisco Flower Mart is my second home, and today I want to share with you some of my favorite things about this lovely place. I don't think there is anything else that could get me out of bed willingly as early as 4am other than the fact that I love what I do - and a great part of why I love what I do is this exceptional flower mart in the SOMA district. For starters, I love watching a beautiful city like San Francisco wake up. I love the hustle and bustle that goes on at the flower mart when the rest of the city is still dark and sleepy, and of course some of the views that I encounter at sunrise on my drive back are just spectacular.
I usually don't plan the type of arrangements I am going to do for my events until I actually go to the flower mart, as it is a great source of inspiration in and of itself. Every season of the year I can find amazing varieties of flowers and greens. Above all, everyone that I encounter at the flower mart is always very pleasant and helpful. Over time, several vendors have become part of my regular rounds, either because their selections fit with my floral design style, or simply because I enjoy chatting with them. One of the first places that I stop is J & J Nursery.
Mr. Garcia is another awesome guy to see at the flower mart. He knows quite a lot about flowers and plants and I just like him. I often buy my fruit branches and blossoms when they are in season from Garcia Greens.
Torchio Nursery is another wonderful place to find pretty much everything that you need - from garden roses to water lilles, succulents and geranium - they have it all. They too are quite friendly and helpful. I always make sure to visit the flower mart on days that I know they are there - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Brannan Street is another absolutely marvelous place to explore. After having visited New York's Flower District for a wedding I did on Long Island last summer, I decided that I would have everything shipped from West Coast to East Coast and Brannan Street did it all. They shipped the most beautiful flowers in perfect packaging and everything I asked for was there. In addition, I have a favorite person who I see there. He is most pleasant and we have become friends.
Last but not least is Florist-at-Large, which often has the most unusual stuff. I make sure to pay them a visit every time I am there, and if nothing else, I get to chit-chat with the owner, Vicky.
All photography by Heather Zweig for Naked Bouquet.