The Greenhouse & Nursery


Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 12 pm (Noon)

Effective December through February, the Tuesday & Thursday greenhouse hours will be 10am – noon.

(650) 579-0536

*  Our open times may occasionally need to be different than above, so don’t hesitate to call us at 650-579-0536 before coming.

The most visible, ongoing volunteer activity is seen in the Greenhouse/Nursery, situated next to the Kohl Pumphouse.  A three-room indoor greenhouse and workshop is surrounded by an outdoor area which includes several hundred square feet of plant tables – all in a beautiful park environment.

This is where the joy of gardening is unleashed!  Teams of volunteers dedicate much time on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays to propagate and care for plants.  The objective:  to share the joy by selling the plants to the public at excellent (i.e. low!) prices.  And, of course, generously share information, advice and experience – free for the asking.

All plants in the Greenhouse and Nursery have been donated – either by commercial supporters, community residents or, of course, San Mateo Arboretum Society members and/or volunteers.  Because of this, we are able to offer many unique specimens not easily found elsewhere.  Savvy customers know to check often for the arrival of new and unusual donations.

Greenhouse with garden

For outdoor/landscaping, our extensive collections of geraniums and pelargoniums (many fragrant!), bearded iris, Victorian & heirloom plants, roses, brugmansia & datura, bush impatiens, fuschias, as well as many bunch grasses, ground covers & vines are constantly popular.  Seasonal herbs and vegetables are available .  Our collection of succulents includes dozens of varieties, many dramatically planted in terra cotta pots.   Many of our for-sale plants are from cuttings or divisions of those in our demonstration garden, where the source plants already in the ground help buyers better understand their appearance and behavior in their own garden.

Greenhouse Indoor varieties include tropical vines, bromeliads, ficus and other small indoor shrubs, hanging plants, begonias and other traditional favorites. An entire room contains many types of orchids. A visit to the Greenhouse/ Nursery is a lively experience. Shoppers rarely leave without one or many unique – sometimes eclectic – plant(s) and a very contented smile.

California Native Table
A small group of California Native plants is available for sale, and we are working on expanding the selection.