Leucadia Floral & Plant: Interview with Debi McCarver


What is the name of your / the business and social media handle?

Leucadia Floral & Plant / FB: LeucadiaFloralPlantLady/ Instagram: @leucadiafloral

How did the name come about and how long have you been here?

“I’ve been at this location for 12 years now, since ‘The Plant Lady’ owned it.”

What is your role at the company?

“Owner/Operator, shopper, buyer, waterer, furniture refurbisher. People don’t always know this but, one of my passions is going to estate sales, buying furniture, refurbishing it and bringing it back to life.”

How did you get started?

“You could say I’ve been in the floral/garden industry since the age of 5. I had an English Grandma who taught me everything! I was always around flowers. I grew up in Oceanside but used to bike to Leucadia in the late 70’s to go to the flea market that used to happen up on the hill behind Roberto’s Taco Shop. There I met Charlotte Garrett, also known as ‘The Plant Lady.’ It was her passion for people and plants that helped build a friendship that would eventually lead to me taking over her shop. Which is where I am located now.”

What is your favorite thing about the business?

“The people! Making people happy with flowers and plants. People don’t always know they need flowers but they do. They liven up and benefit your home.”


What’s the best part about being in Leucadia?

“The people. This community just keeps getting better and better. There is so much more foot traffic with the renovations that have been happening around town. It’s really helping businesses. The walkability of Leucadia is really great. I’ve lived in the Cardiff/Encinitas area for 30 years and have seen some many small businesses grow and continue to be successful. It’s amazing to see the support that happens within this community.”

How do you feel your business reflects/ fits in the community?

“Encinitas used to hold some of the largest flower growing operations in the country. I’ve been involved in the plant/flower business for about 38 years. I’ve seen Vulcan Avenue change from cut flowers and avocado trees to what it looks like now. I am happy to still be providing a floral service to the people of Encinitas/Leucadia and helping to support the growers that are still in the area.”

Do you know about BLOC and what we’re about?

“Yes, I think it’s great that although Leucadia is continuing to grow, it still remains unique. It’s nice that BLOC provides a space for creatives to work and grow.”

_J0A1929Knowing more about us, is there a way for us to collaborate/work together?

“I’m not very good at the social media thing. Maybe there’s a way for you to help me out with posts.”

Do you have anything exciting coming up in the future?

“Small Business Saturday just happened. We had a succulent wreath making class, which is always fun.”

Did you always see yourself doing something like this?

“Yeah, I’ve been in different aspects of the floral business my whole life. Shops, shipping, nurseries, I’ve done it all. I’ve been here at this location for 12 years now. My love for flowers started with my Grandma. In 1981, I started Nursery Land, next came what is now Armstrong Nursery and eventually I took over this location that started in a converted motel by ‘The Plant Lady,’ Charlotte Garrett. Some people still call me ‘The Plant Lady,’ which makes me smile.”


What was your very first or most memorable job?

“My first paying job was working for my Grandma. And then I did dog grooming for ‘The Lucky Pup.’ My parents also owned an auto body shop, where I used to sweep the floors. They’ve all been memorable.”



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