Kilroy’s Flower Mart project gets green light

5 Nov

Kilroy Realty Corp.’s massive Flower Mart project in Central SoMa has received approvals.

The Planning Commission on Thursday gave the go-ahead for the massive 2.2 million-square-foot project at Sixth and Brannan streets. After five years of planning — and a series of contentious discussions about what exactly should happen to the decades-old Flower Mart — the project has become the latest one approved in Central SoMa.

The Flower Mart is home to more than 50 owner-operator businesses. A number of vendors attended the meeting on Thursday to express their support for the project, even if their own ultimate destination remains uncertain.180316 SFFM Loading

“The goal we’ve had for the last five years is for the San Francisco Flower Mart to survive … hopefully for the next 100 years,” said Jeanne Boes, the mart’s general manager and COO.

During construction, Flower Mart vendors will move to a temporary site at 2000 Marin St. near Cesar Chavez Street and Interstate 280. After that, they have a period of 120 days to decide whether they want to relocate back to Sixth and Brannan or find a new location.

Kilroy won’t receive its certificate of occupancy until it pays all obligations under the development agreement, including an estimated $31 million for an off-site Flower Mart plus an estimated $50 million for the interim site, the Business Times previously reported.

Nearby in Central SoMa, Tishman Speyer also received approvals for two projects earlier this month. Up next week is a slightly tweaked version of TMG Partners and Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ 88 Bluxome St.

If the Flower Mart remains in place, Kilroy’s buildout will include three eight to 18-story office buildings; if the mart moves elsewhere, the project will contain slightly more office space and also include childcare facilities.

Commissioners questioned various architectural differences between the two scenarios and said the future of the Flower Mart remained their chief concern. Ultimately, though, they were supportive.

“I don’t think there’s anything this project doesn’t have,” said Commissioner Joel Koppel.

2019 Philadelphia Flower Show

11 Feb

Philadelphia Flower Show

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event and features stunning displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. Started in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show introduces diverse and sustainable plant varieties and garden and design concepts. In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic floral arranging, gardening presentations and demonstrations, special events, and the citywide Bloom Philly pre-Show celebration. The Philadelphia Flower Show has been honored as the best event in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association, competing with events such as the Kentucky Derby Festival, Tournament of Roses Parade, Indianapolis 500 Festival, and other international celebrations.


11 Feb


180316 SFFM We are so excited about this news!  Our flower market needed a major upgrade.  We are located in the heart of SOMA, the heart of hipsterville, the center of all that is changing in our City.  So the San Francisco Flower Mart is going to change right along with our City!  We have partnered with Kilroy Realty to build a new San Francisco Flower Mart, at our current location at 6th & Brannan St.
The new San Francisco Flower Mart will include a state-of-the-art, 115,000-square-foot warehouse large enough to accommodate all of your favorite vendors of the flower market, with new amenities and features. The warehouse will be located on the groundfloor, of the proposed 6th & Brannan St. project, and contain 24-foot high ceilings and strategically placed skylights to provide natural light. The warehouse will be both functional and inviting – the high ceilings will provide enough space for a mezzanine that can accommodate office space for the wholesale flower vendors. New, energy and space-efficient refrigeration space will be provided adjacent to the individual vendor stalls. The specific details of the new facility will be developed by Kilroy Realty Corporation and the San Francisco Flower Mart over the next several months alongside a committee of Flower Mart tenants to ensure that the new market works for businesses and customers alike.

So stay tuned, we’re not going anywhere!180316 SFFM Loading

We are so lucky to have CCSF in our City!

24 Aug
The Floristry Program City College was established in the 1930’s and has been offering training opportunities for creative expression, a desire to work with a beautiful product, enjoyment of hands-on creativity, and a determination to make the most important moments in life truly special, are just a few of the reasons students choose to study floristry at City College of San Francisco. Image-13

Since it’s inception students from the Floristry Division have launched satisfying careers in the “flower industry,” giving the Environmental Horticulture and Floristry Department an impressive nationwide reputation.
In addition, the Department has a very active Student Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers, receiving numerous national awards for design excellence.
Our Curriculum
Image-2The Floristry Program offers a complete curriculum that maintains strong links with flower shop owners, growers, wholesalers and manufacturers, (many of whom are CCSF graduates).
The Floristry Curriculum is designed to give students a thorough well-balanced training in the buying and selling of floral products, the art of creating floral arrangements and the operating of various types of floral enterprises.

Students who complete the curriculum satisfactorily are qualified for employment as designers, salespersons and buyers in a variety of retail floral businesses. Students may earn an Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) and an Award of Achievement in Retail Floristry or design their own course work, tailored to their individual needs. A Departmental Certificate is also availalble. All of these acheivements can be earned within a 1-2 year span depending on individual schedules. Image-8

Successful graduates work in public as well as private institutions, which may include running their own floral shop, wholesaling to the retailer, or working as an independent freelance floral designer for hotels and special events. CCSF floristry graduates and alumni are in demand by such companies such as FTD, Teleflora, and 1-800-Flowers.
Program Highlights
  • Internationally recognized and honored floral design instructors
  • Excellent industry connections
  • Superb floral design facilities and equipment
  • Individualized assistance in planning a course of study
  • Degree, Major and certificate for varied interests & levels of commitment
  • A variety of Department & Community-funded scholarships for motivated students.
  • A diverse student body and positive learning environment
  • Work experience courses with strong links to employers in the community
QImage-9uote, Unquote …
“Students from City College of San Francisco receive an excellent floral education, one that stresses practical application as well as creativity. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and very active in all aspects of the floral community – they bring their skills and industry connections directly to their students”

– Derrick Vasques, AIFD, National President of the American Institute of Floral Designers

Contact: Steven W. Brown AIFD
City College of San Francisco
Environmental Horticulture/Floristry Department Chair
50 Phelan Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112

The Wild Bunch: Succulents, Cacti & Fat Plants | Conservatory of Flowers

16 May

Source: The Wild Bunch: Succulents, Cacti & Fat Plants | Conservatory of Flowers

May 6 – October 16, 2016

This spring, the Conservatory of Flowers gets rough and tumble as it celebrates some of the more ornery gangs of the plant world in a new exhibition. Set amongst the rusty remnants of an old ghost town, The Wild Bunch explores the strange and dramatic world of water hoarding plants, bristling with living examples of cacti, fat plants (also known as caudiciforms) and other succulents. These fleshy, and often thorny, plants are distinguished for their ability to survive the most extreme, arid conditions, and their swollen stems and leaves come in a stunning variety of weird shapes and unexpected colors. – See more at:

Tomorrow …

9 May

We are looking forward to tomorrow!

And this is what tomorrow will look like on our corner of 6th & Brannan and our San Francisco Flower Mart!

full-site-renderings-for-press-1-750xx1920-1080-0-0The end of 2014 we partnered with Kilroy Realty to collaborate and create a state-of-art flower market, right here on the corner of 6th & Brannan St.  Over the last year and a half we’ve been busy.  The images in this post are of some of the renderings the design committee has come up with to showcase what the flow of flowers and people might look in the very near future.

Our San Francisco Flower Mart will be the centerpiece to this mixed-use urban setting in our ever-changing SOMA neighborhood.  The project will consist of 115,000 sq ft of flower mart warehouse space large enough to accommodate all tenants of the existing flower market, 100,000 sq ft of retail space, along with 40,000 sq ft of open public space.

New MKT HallThe improved SFFM layout will include secured entry points, as well as direct access to loading and parking to better service both input and output activities. 24-foot-high ceilings and strategically placed skylights create a light and airy feel inside of the warehouse and provide enough space for a multipurpose mezzanine level along the perimeter of the market.

The specific details of the new facility will be further developed over the next several months by Kilroy Realty Corporation, San Francisco Flower Mart LLC, and a committee of Flower Mart tenants to ensure that the new market functions efficiently and effectively for businesses and customers.   So stay tuned, we’re excited!Kilroy_01

Goodbye Super Bowl 50, Hello Valentine’s Day

10 Feb

SFFM Vendor Spotlight on Brother’s Floral

Brothers_05It’s that time of years for roses!  Let us introduce one of our vendors whom especializes in roses. Meet Rigo, and his brothers, of Brothers Floral. Rigo is a first-generation Mexican American flower farmer.

Rigo started at a Bay Area rose farm was he was just 18 years old. He literally started from the ground up, working for Sakai Brothers rose farm in Richmond, CA.  At Sakai Brothers, Rigo learned all aspects of flower growing.  He ascended through the company quickly from delivering the roses to market, to working their sales floor.

In 1997, Rigo bought the business from Sakai, and opened in the San Francisco Flower Mart as Brothers Floral.
Rigo and his brothers knew roses well and started their business specializing in imported Ecuadorian roses. Brothers’ roses are known for their large blooms and bright colors. Today Brothers Floral has expanded into a variety of cut flowers and greens, with a good mix of locally grown product.

The Gonzalez brothers are big guys with big hearts.  They are quiet men, but once you get to know them, they go out of their way to help their customers, making sure that you get the highest level of quality flowers and greens. Say hello to Rigo next time your in the SFFM!