We are a not-for-profit volunteer-powered nursery. We do this work because we love it and because the end results are incredibly satisfying! With simple tools and equipment we grow beautiful, healthy plants from the tiniest seed, or create whole new plants from just a small piece of the 'mother'.
This is Treva - propagating plants is blissful work!
Our main focus is on California native plants, but as any plant lover will tell you, it’s really hard to keep a narrow focus in the wonderful world of plants! We also grow non-native plants from other Mediterranean climates that provide habitat resources, and are well-behaved (those that pose no threat of becoming invasive in wild lands). We are particularly fond of Salvias, and grow many of the native species as well as a beautiful selection of Salvias from other parts of the world.
We are a group of long-time gardeners, experienced at 'gardening for California', and dedicated to 'doing good' by propagating plants. Our plants help to restore an awareness of California's amazing native plants, and help to restore habitat, one garden at a time. Native plants provide more resources for native creatures, and by inviting these creatures to share our gardens, the pleasures of nature become more personal to more people. The more gardeners there are creating habitat in home gardens, the better we can begin to recreate wildlife corridors between remaining open spaces.
Many of our plants are grown from locally collected seeds; others are from cuttings or divisions from 'mother plants' in my own garden. Our volunteer propagators also offer propagules from their own gardens; providing us with a vast selection of plants available to propagate from. Growing the plants is an educational experience in itself; there is no better way to understand the phenology of a species, and become really familiar with all the qualities of a certain plant, than to grow it from a tiny seedling on to a healthy, mature specimen.
We also provide plants, and continued support for school gardens; teachers and school garden coordinators can contact me for information about plants we have available. Our hope is that we can help expand the scope of the average school garden to include a pollinator garden and habitat that provides resources for wildlife.