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Chimonanthus fragrans

Embothrium coccineum

Sequoiadendron giganteum

Magnolia campbellii

Forsythia Karl Sax

Coldsnap Was Our Downfall

snow damage 1 - winter 2008

We think gardens here should be made with more natives as well as with more plants of unusual interest. We need more broadleaved evergreen trees to cut the gloom of our gray winters, and more winter-blooming plants. We should welcome into our landscapes many more plants that need no water once established and plant them generously to cut down on watering and weeding. We should create exciting gardens that celebrate our mild climate and the unique personalities of each gardener. Our nursery aims to serve these needs.

Visit our online Calendar to see upcoming plant sales and events.

Our Plant Catalog is only available online due to excessively high printing costs. Note that you can download the PDF file (for free!) and print all or parts of it yourself.

The current Price List is also available in PDF format and contains order info as well as prices for available plants.

Sources: Nearly all our plants start their lives right here, from cuttings or seeds. We do not dig plants in the wild; our wild collected cuttings and seeds are taken conservatively or purchased from reputable dealers.

We grow more plants from seed than do most nurseries. Interesting variations turn up among seedlings, and these may include greater hardiness. We are always tracking down sources we think will produce hardier, or otherwise better plants. As a result, our stock of certain plants, among them Eucalyptus, Arbutus, Rhaphiolepic, Pittosporum and Ligustrum lucidum, are likely hardier than those available elsewhere.

Hardiness: Zones (e.g. "z7") used here are based on the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, the usual hardiness rating system. We have assigned a zone to all the plants for which we have information.

Our nursery is on the border of Zones 8 and 9, with cool, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Where we have given a zone based on our observation here, it may differ from what you find where you live. Of course, lowest winter temperature is only one of many factor that determine where a plant will grow.

We love to have visitors come to the nursery and check out all our plants. See the Directions for maps and ferry info.

Thanks: We again want to thank the many plant-loving friends who have enriched our nursery with their gifts of plants, seeds and cuttings. Too many to name, they have brought us scores of new plants to grow and offer. Their generosity, so typical of plant people, benefits us all.

Finally, thanks one and all to the fine friends who have volunteered their time and considerable talents in our garden.

Michael Lee