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Plant Nurseries & Seed Sources

I list (in alphabetical order by country, state, and city) some of my favorite plant nurseries & the beginnings of a list of seed suppliers for various regions by the state in which they are found.

The nurseries are particularly good for native plants and/or multi-use plants (edible, medicinal, crafts, wildlife habitat, forage, windbreak species, et cetera).


Plants For A Future
An online resource center for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal, or other uses. According to the website, they practice vegan-organic permaculture with emphasis on creating an ecologically sustainable environment based largely on perennial plants. Their database includes over 7,000 plants.


Salt Spring Seeds
Sustainable Canadian seed company selling rare and unusual seeds. Online catalogue includes heirloom tomatoes, quinoa, amaranth, seed garlic, and a new zero-mile-diet kit.



Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance


Seeds Trust – High Altitudes Gardens
Specializing in great-tasting heirloom vegetable seed, emphasizing organic and wild-collected seed, and also including native wildflower and grass seed.

Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed

Borderlands Restoration Network–seed.html

Pearce (and Bisbee and Sierra Vista (AZ) Farmers’ Markets)
Spadefoot Nursery
Regional natives for the uplands of southeastern Arizona.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum plant sale

Bach’s Cactus Nursery
Many cacti… ask which have the tastiest fruit. They also grow saguaros from seed (saguaros have delicious fruit)

Civano Nursery
Good nursery on the southeast side of town with natives and fruit trees.

Desert Survivors
This non-profit nursery is a great source of native plants.

Dunbar Spring Neighborhood Foresters

Mesquite Valley Growers
The largest nursery in our area.
(520) 721-8600

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Nighthawk Natives Nursery
Owner Bernie operates this nursery collaborating with her husband’s native seed company, Wildlands Restoration. They’re great people and Bernie can take contract grow-outs. She often propagates her plants in extra-deep pots which encourage deeper root-growth and greater success-in-survival rates. This is not typically a retail business.

Plants for the Southwest
Knowledgeable owners and interesting selection of native and dryland plants.

San Xavier Farm Co-op

Spadefoot Nursery
Great source of native plants and vegetable garden seedlings

Tohono Chul
Many natives, some you don’t usually find elsewhere. They have extensive gardens where you can see mature specimens of all the plants they sell.

Tucson Botanical Gardens Nursery
At their plant sales you can often find some selections that you can’t get elsewhere.
(520) 326-9255

Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society
You can join them salvaging native cacti that would otherwise be destroyed by road and building projects

Wildlands Restoration
Great source of native plant seed and restoration seed mixes



Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

San Juan Capistrano
Tree of Life Nursery
Excellent source of native California plants

Santa Cruz Olive Tree Nursery
Over 40 varietals available and THEY MAIL ORDER TREES.


New Mexico

Central & Northern
Tooley’s Trees
A wholesale nursery in Truchas, NM, on the highroad between Santa Fe and Taos, at 7,800′. Focusing on varieties that are drought tolerant and adapted to high pH, we grow species trees, shrubs and grafted fruits. We grow in 12″, 16″ and 18″ root control bags. Our stock is grown with organic certified fertilizer. We have many heirloom and uncommon varieties of grafted apples, plums, pears and cherries. Our grafts are on rootstocks carefully selected to match climate and soil types in this area.

Plants of the Southwest

El Paso
High Desert Native Plants

Santa Fe
Plants of the Southwest

High Country Gardens

Silver City

Lone Mountain Natives


North Carolina

Asheville area
Useful Plants Nursery (Black Mountain)

Sandy Mush Herb Nursery (Leicester)

Paradise Gardens
(828) 675-5664


Edible Landscaping
Great source of edible plants and THEY MAIL ORDER.



Fourth Corner Nurseries
5652 Sand Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226
(800) 416-8640



Forest Agriculture Enterprises
They offer bare-root dormant nursery stock of food-producing and woody-crop plants, catering to the larger scale “woody agriculture” and Permaculture grower.  The parent plants of their seedlings have been producing reliable, high-quality crops in southwest Wisconsin through all extremes of weather and climate (-52 to 112 degrees, droughts and floods) for the past 12 years.  They sell only species that have been successfully cropped on the home farm.  Most of their plants are well adapted to USDA Hardiness Zones 4-7, with many adapted to Zones 2 & 3.

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