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The Gardener

Alta Tingle opened The Gardener in 1984 in a small storefront in Berkeley, California. In 1987, The Gardener moved across the street to its present location, into a space more than triple the size of the original store. A second store opened in Healdsburg, California, in 1998, in a barn surrounded by a large garden. A third store opened in San Francisco in 2003, in the newly-renovated Ferry Building.


If you want to be happy for your whole life long become a gardener.

Alta, a former garden designer and lecturer on landscape design, is an avid gardener and photographer. The Gardener is a collection of all the things that Alta, through her talents and interests, has learned to enjoy and appreciate in her life—a great pair of Japanese scissors for cutting flowers, the purest bar of lavender soap, a big ceramic bowl for the kitchen to hold the season's offerings—things that before had required trips to nurseries, hardware and specialty stores. When The Gardener first opened, there had never been a collection that recognized that even the most avid gardener lives indoors.

Come see how pastel artist Jean Sanchirico captures the beauty of Bay Area landscapes!


Enjoy the beautiful brass trays, hand crafted in Morocco.


Sylvia Gonzales, a favorite Petaluma artist, has new work at the Gardener on Fourth St.


You can see the happy paintings, like the ones below, by Nancy Hartley at The Gardener in the SF Ferry Building. You can also visit their online store here. Or take a virtual tour of the Berkeley store here.