Our Nursery

Dubbed “One of San Diego’s Top 10 Nurseries” by San Diego Home/Garden Magazine, we’re a bit of a hidden gem.  Located behind a long wall near the east end of Santa Fe Drive in Encinitas, our entrance is easy to miss so keep your eyes peeled!  Our lush garden is filled with plants, succulents, cactus, pottery, unique gifts, garden accessories, organic dry goods, and all the supplies you’ll need to create and maintain your garden.

Part of what makes Barrels & Branches so special is the property itself.  The layout of the nursery is intended to both inspire as well as educate.  Part botanical garden, part retail space, display areas showcase a host of plant combination possibilities while planter beds are living examples of what can be created in a garden.  All emphasize plants that do well in Southern California gardens.  San Diego County’s climate is a diverse one.  Our customers live from the ocean to the desert with a range of sunny or shady exposures.  We offer options for appropriate plant material for all of the region’s microclimates while specializing in drought-tolerant, hardy plants, as well as a plethora of perennials, clumping grasses, trees, shrubs, and houseplants.

Barrels & Branches has a well-earned reputation for carrying a wide selection of unusual plant material including leucadendron, leucospermum (protea), grevillea, adenanthos, lomandra, melaleuca, westringia, euphorbia, and many other drought-tolerant plants from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Mediterranean that thrive in our temperate climate.  We are a great resource for planning your water-wise garden designs.

Our garden center has a selection of pottery from all over the world, including pieces made locally.  We carry a diverse range of metallics, drip glazes, rustic, textured, bubbleblast and terra cotta pottery in an array of shapes and colors.

Barrels & Branches carries organic dry goods from E.B. Stone, Fox Farm and Agrowinn.  We support the efforts of organic gardening.  This method of gardening utilizes only naturally occurring animal and/or plant material fertilizers with no use of man-made chemicals or pesticides.  Barrels & Branches prefers to use OMRI-certified products (those that have been reviewed against the USDA’s National Organic Standards and have been certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute).  Our E.B. Stone, Fox Farm, and Agrowinn fertilizers have been proven to be good for the environment, and your garden.

Houseplant Greenhouse & Gift Shop

Our houseplant greenhouse and gift shop feature houseplants, tillandsia (airplants), pottery, driftwood, gift items, garden tools and garden supplies.

Custom Planters

Choose houseplants or succulents and a pot, and create a custom planter yourself DIY-style in our potting area.  Or if you prefer, for a fee, we can create a custom planter for you.

Event Space

**Event bookings are TEMPORARILY ON HOLD due to the San Diego County Covid-19 group gathering restriction**

Looking for a great spot to hold your next party or get-together?  Our event space makes for a fresh location for a meeting, bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party or other small event.


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  • EB Stone
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