A group of plants in pots. Green Thumb Nursery - San Marcos best of North San Diego county 2023.
Gina KatesGina Kates
16:54 05 Jun 24
My favorite nursery! An amazing selection and I love that the staff is always so helpful! Its just fun to walk around and be in all the beauty! They also have a great selection of pots! I swear any color you need is there!
Lisa RichardsonLisa Richardson
22:21 02 Jun 24
I love green thumb! I get help from the associates when I am buying a new plant. I have gotten advice on soil, fertilizer and amounts of sun for my plants. The center is organized and inspiring. My yard has looked more amazing over the years from my patronage at Green Thumb!
Tony GregorichTony Gregorich
19:43 01 Jun 24
Green Thumb Nursery has some of the best selection of native plants in the area. If you want to provide a great yard for local pollinators I suggest you look into Green Thumb Nursery. Their staff is very helpful showing you around and providing tips. They also are a great source if you want native Milkweed for Monarchs. Check them out if you haven’t already.
Robin RubyRobin Ruby
14:40 05 May 24
From the moment my wife and I walked into The Green Thumb, it was love at first sight! We were referred to the nursery by our next door neighbor who has been assisting me in the creation of a tea garden for my wife. He mentioned how happy he was with his new house plants and how after 6-months time they were still growing and beautiful. The usual big-name garden centers, while convenient in some respects, always seemed a little shy on variety. I was looking for something more esoteric and unique to complement the garden’s layout. With mountains of colorful Talavera pottery at far and away at the most reasonable prices, I went a bit nuts! The huge selection of planting containers in every color, also for prices so low it made me wonder why I had been paying up to three times more elsewhere, had me hooked. I had really only intended to purchase a container or two once we got there. But I ended up walking away with several pots plus some extraordinary high quality perennials that I thought at first were mislabeled because the prices listed were so low! As far as I’m concerned, the Green Thumb is now my everything garden center. And let me wrap it up with this: the staff was exceptionally helpful and professional. I trusted them with all my questions.
CAT CookCAT Cook
22:52 22 Apr 24
You can go to home Depot and buy one plant for 6 to 8 bucks or you can go to Green thumb and get a six pack for $4.99. no brainer. This is my go-to nursery. And the staff is also always so friendly. They always have a great variety and there are a lot of fun statues as well.
Cathie JonesCathie Jones
19:08 19 Apr 24
Bought 2 Zucchini plants and other veggies from you last Friday.Today bugs had completely eaten the plant. Leaves and stems reduced to ooze. I thinks the buds came from you. It was just the zucchini
Alison SkierAlison Skier
16:06 17 Apr 24
Absolutely love this nursery. It is my happy place! They have a great selection of plants, several buildings with gifts, seeds, plant food, and garden soil additives. Just everything you could want for any kind of gardening or decorating in your yard. They also offer an informative newsletter if you join their email list which comes with useful information, what’s on sale for the week, and a coupon to apply to an order should you go. Much better than going to a “big box store.” The plants are better quality, there is more selection and you’re supporting a local business – not some corporate chain.
17:07 05 Mar 24
This nursery is so nice. I like to go browse here with my family because there is always such a calming presence and a huge selection of healthy, beautiful plants and decor.
Andrew PostAndrew Post
01:33 27 Feb 24
Cassie, the manager, was smoking a cigarette in the shopping area. When I asked to talk with a manager, she was the manager. I voiced concern about having to breathe her cigarette smoke, and she laughed at me. I questioned if it was legal to smoke in a retail store in California, and she said she didn't know. I pointed out as a customer I and my dog had to breathe it while shopping, and she laughed in my face again. I asked her if it was funny, And she just smiled. Not once did she apologize or show any understanding.After spending some time still picking out plants from there, on my way to the register area, she glared at me for a good 5 seconds until I said "hello," and she then looked away. Horrible service.Update: I visited again yesterday and needed help w an unmarked plant. I approached a group of employees and as I did so, I noticed Cassie was staring at me while I approached. She then said to her co worker "I'm not dealing with that" and made a face at me and turned away. Another guy tried helping me, but wound up coming back to ask her for help anyway. Her bad attitude and immaturity persists and she is continuing to make paying customers feel unwelcome. I'm amazed someone in a managerial role can act like her.
06:18 20 Feb 24
Really love this nursery. It is such an experience, and you can easily spend an hour just looking through everything. Parking is easy to find, staff is friendly and available. Make sure to sign up to receive their coupons by text and email.It is almost impossible to come to Green Thumb, and not find something you can use in your garden, for decorating your home or landscaping areas. Everything you need for planting, growing, updating your space. They have a great selection of pottery, fountains, figurines, and that's just the beginning....If you have a special occasion, anything to celebrate it all, you will find everything you could possibly want here - when it comes to unique gifts and whimsical decor. Gnomes, bird houses, butterflies, hanging items, wind chimes, holiday collections, kitchen, religious items, that special something that you have not found elsewhere.There are also a wide range of garden supplies, fresh orchids, exotic succulents, landscape plants, flowers, strawberries, rose bushes, fruit trees, fire pits, hats, gardening gloves, bird feeders, etc.Children will also enjoy exploring the site, finding the unique figurines, animals and other unexpected creatures throughout the nursery. Just be sure to accompany your little ones, as there are breakable items that are not for small hands, in some areas.I look forward to visiting again, especially as Springtime approaches, and the selection at this wonderful location comes to life even more. 💚💚💚💚
beverly kanawibeverly kanawi
23:28 30 Oct 23
I love the inventory at Green Thumb; they pretty much always have what I'm looking for. I did not give them five stars because some of them markups seem unreasonable to me to say the least. Like $25 for a molded plastic watering can that probably cost less than a dollar in materials and labor in China.That said, staff is always helpful and friendly.
Ellen SmithEllen Smith
00:50 16 Sep 23
I love this place!The selection and quality of the plants and garden essentials can’t be beat. The prices are fairly competitive too. There is a special section for native California plants. They have rare specimens plants there. The mini plants for $2.99 are super nice.Everything is well labeled with price and care, instructions. The people that work there are knowledgable, friendly and helpful. They are well staffed, and I rarely had to wait for service.Tip: Get the six packs of vegetables and flowers for around $4.99.Green thumb nursery is worth the drive. I recommend looking at traffic patterns nearby and possibly going around it. Plan to go on a weekend or time, earlier in the day, when there’s no traffic.
Virginia MVirginia M
21:26 30 Aug 23
Service was very good. I was help my an older gentleman he Explain how to plant ice plant and how many plants I would get in a tray he was very informative. When I left I asked the cashier if Green Thumb Offer senior discount. I was told from the young cashier that was not an option. That there was a 20% coupon for one plant..
Cathy ClingmanCathy Clingman
20:56 27 Aug 23
It’s so much fun to go to the green Thumb the varieties of different things that they have plants pottery and just different things that you put around your yard. Many many choices. I love to go there.
Green Thumb always has what I'm looking for. This time, I needed a plate to put under my Talavera-potted cactus. They had several beautiful options. I chose a gorgeous green glaze and it looks perfect on our front porch. 🪴 Green Thumb is my happy place!
Shana BagherianShana Bagherian
21:08 19 Aug 23
We have purchased items here before, even large items like a fountain, but a floor model, but this time, we needed assistance in ordering another fountain. Mary was very helpful; she answered questions, did research, and played phone tag with us. We are very happy with the entire order process! And, of course, the center is laid out beautifully and what a selection, especially of large garden pots!
Elwood NickersonElwood Nickerson
19:35 17 May 23
A nursery with an amazing, wide variety of garden plants indoors and outdoor. Incredible choice of pots in many varieties, all the gardening supplies you could need and more! The best part is a friendly staff that is willing to answer your questions and assist you! It's my favorite nursery in SAN DIEGO COUNTY! Go Green Thumb!!!
Linda Buckles-OrtegaLinda Buckles-Ortega
16:35 06 May 23
We always enjoy going there to see the vast variety of inventory. My grandbabies love going there also, and enjoy the little koi pond. I can always find what I need there; and the staff are always very helpful and nice!
Michael FerrariMichael Ferrari
20:41 03 May 23
I have been gardening, flowers, fruit, trees, veggies, most of my life but was recently forced to move to an assisted living facility in another area. I discovered the San Marcos Green Thumb nursery and WOW! Not only is it gorgeous and filled with beautiful plants and friendly, helpful people, but experts are readily available to help. Thanks to them i am happily growing tomatoes on my small but sunny balcony and veggies in the facility’s raised planting bed. I love this nursery!
Joelle RebmannJoelle Rebmann
19:30 01 May 23
I love Green Thumb Nursery. Every time I go in there I love to wander around and look at all the beautiful plants and pots and everything else that they have. They have such a beautiful selection but above all, their staff is so knowledgeable about all plants. I have taken pictures in there before to show them and they help me with any problems that I have with a plant or with some thing that I’m looking for in particular. They even help you load your car if you need it. Excellent customer service. This place is really a gem in San Marcos.
Haley PriceHaley Price
19:19 01 May 23
The best garden center - EVER! Staff is knowledgeable and soo so helpful. The selection is incredible and stock is always consistent with high quality. I’ve made many purchases and regardless of my plant care schedule.. survival rate and pest resistance has been incredible!
Carol ClarkCarol Clark
19:30 28 Apr 23
I’d gotten so much great advice from the folks at Green Thumb and now my garden is looking really great! I love to get their coupons and links to videos & tutorials on my phone every week.
Joshua NelsonJoshua Nelson
01:36 06 Apr 23
Staff is very friendly and helpful. Beautiful selection that shows that it is cared for. Bought multiple bonsai trees that are thriving from this nursery.
Justin CoxJustin Cox
23:16 28 Aug 22
Wide open nursery with lots of space to walk and enjoy a huge variety of plants. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly on everything from plant selection for climate zone to fertilizer choice and weed/bug repellant choice to pruning/trimming techniques to rare plant cultivation. Make sure to check out the various indoor sections filled with seasonal decorations, ferns/houseplants/airplants, and a fantastic windchime selection.
Mimi B.Mimi B.
20:23 14 May 22
Absolutely loved this nursery. The selection is incredible. From California native plants, fruit trees, indoor, outdoor etc.. their pot selection is also amazing. The only downside is the price.. their pricing is in the *much* higher side.I bought an indoor plant for $8.99 at elplantio and it was $16.99 at green thumb nursery DOUBLE!! But if you are looking for a particular thing and you don't mind paying a premium this place is great. Some of their items are reasonably priced .. really depends.Could easily spend 1 or 2 hours just exploring

Green Thumb Nursery - San Marcos


(760) 744-3822


1019 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos CA 92078

Store Hours

Monday - Saturday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Green Thumb Nurseriesestablished in 1946, has been a Southern California local’s favorite garden center for ultra-high-quality Gardening SuppliesDécor, and florist quality indoor plants and outdoor plants.  Visit our plant nursery in the San Diego area conveniently located on San Marcos Boulevard in San Marcos, California where you can find the highest quality plants, outdoor décor, patio furniture, and more with the help of our very knowledgably lawn and garden experts who are ready to help you select the perfect plants to landscape your home or garden with.

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Green Thumb Nursery located in San Marcos prides itself on the quality plants and outstanding customer service it provides.

Green Thumb Nursery in San Marcos

Our Green Thumb Nursery San Marcos store is known for unique and popular plants, friendly garden experts, and beautiful garden decor.  The huge selection of drought-tolerant plants, fruit trees, beautiful vibrant flowers, water plants, perennials, annuals, succulents, and more make Green Thumb Nursery the perfect garden destination in San Diego County!

Flowering plants for the home or gifts include AzaleasChrysanthemumsHydrangeasGardeniasOrchidsCyclamenRoses and many more. The San Marcos Green Thumb location has many drought-tolerant landscaping solutions with hundreds of options for waterwise plants and trees.  Our San Marcos location’s greenhouse is known to carry some of the most exotic houseplants from all over the world at all times.

Our Patio Shop includes casual furniture sets, umbrellas, replacement cushions, benches, outdoor decorative flags, gift items, Department 56 collectibles and a vast amount of holiday and seasonal decor including Christmas, Halloween, Mother’s Day and more!  San Marcos also carries tiki and one of a kind handmade garden art.

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Thousands of Plant Varieties for Every Gardening Need

At Green Thumb Nursery - San Marcos, we cater to all gardening preferences with our extensive selection, including:

  • Florist-quality indoor & outdoor plants to brighten your home and yard
  • Drought-tolerant options for water-conscious landscapes
  • A huge selection of fruit trees for your very own orchard
  • Vibrant flowers, water plants, and perennials for year-round color
  • Seasonal plants like Azaleas, Chrysanthemums, Hydrangeas, Gardenias, Orchids, Cyclamen, and Roses for special occasions or thoughtful gifts

Exquisite Houseplants & Greenhouse Gems

Our greenhouse is brimming with a diverse collection of exotic and rare houseplants, perfect for adding a touch of greenery and style to your indoor spaces.

  • A wide variety of stunning, easy-to-care-for houseplants, including trending favorites and hard-to-find species
  • Expertly curated collection of plants sourced from around the world to suit any interior design style and taste
  • Knowledgeable staff to assist you in selecting the perfect houseplant for your home environment and care capabilities
  • Seasonal rotations to ensure a fresh and dynamic selection of plants throughout the year

Breathtaking Blooming Color and Flowers to Brighten Your Garden

Stunning Flower Varieties for Every Garden Style

  • Summary: Our impressive selection of blooming plants and flowers includes annuals, perennials, and flowering shrubs, providing endless options for adding vibrant color and beauty to your garden.
    • Wide range of colors, sizes, and styles
    • Options for sun and shade gardens
    • Drought-tolerant and native plant varieties
    • Attracts pollinators and beneficial insects

Fresh and Flavorful Herbs and Vegetables for Your Garden

Green Thumb Nursery offers a wide variety of herb and vegetable plants that allow you to grow fresh, flavorful produce right in your backyard.
  • Easy-to-grow herbs for culinary and medicinal use
  • Vegetable plants suitable for various garden sizes and conditions
  • Seasonal and year-round options available
  • Organic and non-GMO plants
  • One of the largest herb and vegetable selections in Los Angeles

Expert Gardening Advice from Certified Professionals

Our team of California Certified Nursery Professionals (CCN Pros) are always available to provide expert advice and guidance to help you achieve gardening success.
  • In-depth plant knowledge and care tips
  • Personalized plant recommendations
  • Disease and pest prevention advice
  • Garden design assistance

Massive Pottery Selection for Your Home & Garden

Green Thumb Nursery offers a diverse range of pottery in various colors, styles, and sizes, allowing you to find the perfect pots and planters for your garden design.
  • Ceramic, terra cotta, resin and many more pottery options
  • Pots and containers in all shapes and sizes
  • Unique and artistic designs
  • Lightweight and durable materials
  • Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use

Unrivaled Cactus and Succulent Collection

Our extensive collection of cacti and succulents includes both popular favorites and unique specimens, providing endless options for your drought-tolerant landscape or indoor garden.
  • Rare and hard-to-find varieties
  • Low-maintenance plants for busy gardeners
  • Ideal for water-wise landscaping
  • Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use
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    Beautiful Pond Plants to Enhance Your Water Garden

    Our diverse selection of pond plants, including water lilies, lotus, and more allows you to create a vibrant and thriving aquatic ecosystem in your garden.
    • Wide variety of aquatic plant species
    • Pond fish, tadpoles and other pond products
    • Enhances water quality and clarity
    • Provides habitat for fish and other aquatic life
    • Adds visual interest and beauty to your pond

    High-Quality Outdoor Furniture and Patio Shop

    Our wide selection of high-quality outdoor furniture and patio sets ensures you'll find the perfect pieces to create a comfortable and stylish outdoor living space.
  • Durable and weather-resistant materials
  • Stylish and functional designs
  • Coordinated sets for easy decorating
  • Umbrellas and accessories to complete your space
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    By subscribing to Green Thumb Nursery's weekly email newsletter and text promotions, you'll receive exclusive access to free coupons and special offers, helping you save on all your gardening needs.

    On top of free weekly coupons, subscribers also enjoy:

    • Free video gardening videos
    • Free garden articles/blogs
    • Early access to sales and promotions

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    The Perfect Garden Awaits

    Your dream garden is within reach at Green Thumb Nursery - San Marcos. Let our knowledgeable staff and exceptional selection inspire and guide you in creating a beautiful, thriving outdoor space.  Visit us today and experience the Green Thumb Nursery difference for yourself.

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    Green Thumb Nursery Careers

    A large outdoor market with a variety of pots and vases.

    As you approach Green Thumb Nursery San Marcos, the first thing you will see is our giant selection of containers, fountains, and more.  We are sure you will be impressed by the thousands of containers that you have to choose from when you shop at Green Thumb Nursery!

    A flower market with many different kinds of flowers.

    Our San Diego County destination garden center only carries the highest quality plants on the market.  We receive huge shipments of new plants every single week and are constantly hunting down the most desirable plants in Southern California.

    A line of potted plants with mountains in the background.

    Our San Marcos nursery has over 4 acres of plants, trees, succulents, natives and more!  Enjoy our giant selection at a fair price while getting the best service in the industry.  Don’t believe us?  Check out our Yelp, Facebook reviews or Google reviews and see for yourself!

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    Green Thumb San Marcos Plant Guarantee

    Green Thumb provides the highest quality plants available.  We are so confident in our plants that we offer a 1-year guarantee.  If your plant is failing just bring the plant back to us with your original receipt (required) within 1-year of your purchase and we will replace it for free.

    Your satisfaction is our main priority at Green Thumb Nursery.

    Due to growing conditions beyond our control we are unable to guarantee houseplants, indoor floral & annual color or specimen plants (trellises, topiaries and shaped shrubs).

    If you have any questions or concerns about your plants please call and ask us! We will do all that we can to help!

    We Promise to Provide:

    • Disease & Insect Free Plants
    • Plants True to Name
    • Proper Care Instructions

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