Tesoro began to bloom when we opened our doors in the old Fish Market on Spring Street in Saint Helena, California in the fall of 1992. It was a small shop and it quickly became evident that a larger space was needed to accommodate all of the wonderful items that filled the counter tops and shelves to the brim. While Paul had a century old barn in Oakville which  was used as back up storage and studio work space, it just wasn't enough...so he decided to take the plunge and moved onto Main Street locating the booming shop at the entrance to town. Here the shop grew and grew and remained for the next sixteen years!

Then in 2010, Paul moved Tesoro across the street to the old Whiting Nursery space where the shop stayed until 2011. As a native of the Napa Valley, it was a wonderful experience to create new things and share with the community each day.

As events changed, the economy sputtered and weddings began to take place more and more in Sonoma county, Paul decided to move Tesoro to the beautiful Cornerstone Gardens located in the Carneros region. Here the shop is open seven days a week and we are able to service many more areas while continuing to grow. The shop is filled with an array of decorative items, antiques and of course fresh flowers.

In addition to weddings, special events, winery, restaurant and hotel accounts, we also deliver throughout Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties. We love what we do and bring that passion to everything we create.


Napa Valley native Paul Stokey, owner and founder of Tesoro Flowers, started his shop in Saint Helena, California in 1992. While going to school in San Francisco (he is a classically trained singer) Paul was General Manager at Raf Restaurant in North Beach and Assistant Manager at Rosalie's Restaurant on Van Ness Avenue. He was inspired by the beautiful floral displays that Fioridella of San Francisco would put together in the restaurant lobbies. Eventually, Paul took over this position and started a small floral business with a dear friend in San Francisco called Terazzi.

Things went so well with the new venture that he decided to move the business back to his hometown in the Napa Valley and began a new business called Efflorescence with another friend and eventually Tesoro was born. Paul and his business partner Ted Crotwell started out of an old barn and sold their fresh product at the local farmer's markets.

Now Tesoro is located within Cornerstone Gardens in the Carneros region. Along the way Paul has won many praises and has had his work featured in major publications such as Architectural Digest, Veranda, Home & Garden and Food & Wine to name a few. He was also named the Visuals Chair for Auction Napa Valley in 2001, the largest wine auction in the world. He is very thankful for all of the support he receives from his amazing staff and wonderful clients.