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Best Place to Buy a Plant 

San Francisco Flower Mart

Men don't buy flowers, until they're forced to. Men buy plants, the taller the better; big, leafy beasts, enough to fill up a room and hide electrical wires. Despite its fragrant name, there's no better place for plant shopping than the S.F. Flower Mart, an easy-to-miss complex where more than 60 vendors set up shop. It's been there for 50 years, fighting off real estate hardliners (most recently the Academy of Art University), but still serving local companies and the public alike (badge holders get first crack, but the public is welcome between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.). Obviously, the flowers are the main draw, perfect for any buyer, from couples planning weddings to those who just need a bunch of something cheap and pretty without the flower-stand markup. The plants, though, are the undiscovered finds. Flower Mart vendors like Toscana Gardens and Brookwood Nursery have dozens of tall ones, including popular and big-leafed dracaenas, most landing squarely in the $50 to $100 range. It's like shopping for Christmas trees, year round.

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