Bay Area native Brandi Chalker is a reformed plant killer who now describes herself as a "crazy plant lady," and one of her greatest passions (in addition to political activism, perfectly crafted cocktails, and delicious home-cooked meals) is sharing her love of plants with anyone who will listen.
Brandi's plant journey began in 2011 in San Francisco, when she opened a succulent nursery in the backyard of Urban Bazaar, the store she owned at the time. There, she created San Francisco's first DIY succulent planting station called The Succulent Bar. She also began teaching people how to make succulent terrariums, which is now her most popular workshop.
She left retail in 2012 to launch Sunshine & Succulents, through which she’s been teaching botanical workshops and designing plant arrangements ever since. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer a month after launching Sunshine & Succulents, she discovered the therapeutic and healing benefits of working with plants, which helped keep her sane during a long and stressful journey to remission. She still relies on “terrarium therapy” as a way to find a bit of peace in this chaotic world.
In 2015, Brandi, her husband Wes, and their dog Maus moved from San Francisco to Petaluma, where Brandi was born. Looking to put down roots again with a brick and mortar space for her business, Brandi purchased a home and garden store, Radish, in 2017. It was clear that a new name was needed to fuse her two businesses together, and so Radish and Sunshine & Succulents have now become Flourish, a place for Petalumans to be inspired by plants and to find objects of beauty to brighten up their days.