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About The Shop

Nurture State is a small retail plant shop and design studio nestled in the border of Emeryville and Berkeley. Considered the neighborhood’s “secret jungle” in the middle of the industrial corner, it’s grown to be a surprisingly lovely destination plant shop. Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of indoor houseplants, hard-to-find ornamental plants, large “statement” houseplants, rare imports, and a curated set of pots, jewelry and art made by the supportive network of local Bay Area artisans. Nurture State is about the calming, tranquil state of mind one has when caring for a plant. When you step into the shop, you’ll definitely feel therapeutic sense and will leave you transported into a mental paradise.

About Kathleen

Kathleen is a Filipina American who immigrated to the US with her parents at a young age. Although she’s a Registered Nurse by trade, she’s always considered herself a creative and always taking pleasure in working on special projects. When the pandemic hit, she took comfort in collecting and caring for plants again. In January 2021, she took the leap and decided to open her own plant shop. Now she runs Nurture State full time and is fully committed to the creative part of the plant enthusiast lifestyle. With a shift into the event and styling space, Kathleen currently designs fully customizable moss walls and murals. Her most notable work includes the Nurture State shop moss wall and the Ciel Creative Space “Rebirth” wall. She hopes to continue this part of her love for plants with the help and construction expertise of her partner Joe Balancio. As people are slowly reviving and going out to travel she hopes for one thing: For individuals to continue caring about their plants as tenderly as it nurtured them.


LOCATION: 807 Folger Ave. Berkeley, CA 94710. Located in between the Ashby Lumber buildings and under the WA Design office. 


Monday through Thursday by appointment only. Book here

Friday and Saturday - Open to the public 11am to 6pm

Sunday - closed for pop-up events

Services Offered:

Curated plant selection

Greenscaping consultations and design

Moss Wall Art consultation and design

Potting services and plant maintenance services

For a free consultation and brochure: