Welcome to our small, family farm and online nursery located in Elk, California, on the Mendocino Coast. We are dedicated to high quality growing and shipping of the best horticultural sages (Salvia spp.) available from America and around the world.
We are a United Nations of sages. Flowers by the Sea (FBTS) offers a broad array of native North American species as well as Salvias from Asia, Africa, Australia, Central and South America, Europe and the Mediterranean. Aside from our endless curiosity about the huge Salvia genus, it is the mild local climate that makes this possible.
At FBTS, we grow hundreds of the nearly 900 species in the fragrant, colorful Salvia genus, which is part of the Mint Family. Our sages range from short herbaceous groundcovers to shrubs so tall they are considered trees.
All the plants that we cultivate in our greenhouses are also grown outdoors in our test gardens. FBTS sends you carefully packaged potted plants that are healthy and ready for planting. We scrupulously nurture them to encourage strength and avoid pests and garden diseases. Our guarantee of 100 percent satisfaction allows you full credit or reimbursement in the rare event that any plants ordered are not in good condition upon arrival.
Our state-of-the-art production methods are technologically advanced, environmentally sound and aimed at producing the best possible horticultural products. We have been in service continuously since first turning our farm's soil in 1991. Aside from seeking to earn a living in a satisfying, ecofriendly way, we've always focused on enhancing the quality of life of our customers, employees and community.
Frogs eat insects in our production fields and greenhouses. Hummingbirds graze on the nectar of the flowers. We keep honeybees as pollinators and to help increase the dwindling population of bees worldwide. Our goats eat weeds and brush as well as providing fertilizer for the crops. FBTS exists as a balanced, living organism in which everything plays a part.
By caring for the land with love and respect, we think we are being good global citizens. By providing a high level of customer service and listening closely to your feedback and requests for information, we hope to be an excellent resource in your gardening life. Please feel free to contact us anytime.
Kermit and Vikki Carter
Flowers by the Sea
PO Box 89, Elk, California, 95432 USA