Napa Valley is home to a number of plant communities and habitats that offer a rich diversity in native plants. Our chapter is dedicated to furthering the education and preservation of our native flora throughout the county.
Martha Walker Native Habitat Garden
The Napa Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society maintains the Martha Walker Native Habitat Garden in the Skyline Wilderness Park. The park and the garden are open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset, and access to the garden is free with park admission.
In the Martha Walker Garden, three acres of native plants provide a wonderful environment for birds, butterflies and other visitors. Elementary school groups visit the garden to learn about the benefits of native plants and their cultural heritage.
If you are interested in exploring native plants that can be used in your garden or property, the garden has examples of many plants in their different types of settings – from meadow environments to redwood forests, oak woodlands and more.
To learn more about the garden and related activities please go to the Martha Walker Garden page.
Native Plant Resources
How-to information and more
- Bee Friendly Gardens
- Botanical Glossary — 3,700 terms relating to botany, gardening and horticulture
- Botanical Missionaries — out of New Mexico
- California Gardens.com
- California Native Plant Exchange
- CNPS San Diego Horticulture
- Designing with Native Plants — from the Redbud Chapter
- Green Landscaping — from the EPA
- Growing Native — by Louise Lacey
- Hot Links for Native Plant Landscaping — Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ltd.
- Marin Native Plant Gardens and Nurseries — from the Marin chapter
- Native Plants Journal — The Practical Journal for Growing and Planting North American Endemics for Conservation, Landscaping, Reforestation, and Restoration — first year membership is free
- PlantNative List of Native Nurseries
- Society for Pacific Coast Native Iris
- Theodore Payne Foundation – California Native Plant Wiki
- Wood Biological Consulting- San Francisco County Plant Checklist
- Xeriscaping – Sources of New Native Ornamental Plants
Native Plant Nurseries
Northern California Native Plant Nurseries
In addition to these sources, many local retail nurseries carry a selection of native California plants.
Appleton Forestry Nursery – (707) 823-3776; 1369 Tilton Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Container trees & shrubs, contract collect & grow, wholesale & retail. Call ahead.
Bay Natives – www.baynatives.com; (415) 287-6755; 1270 Pennsylvania Ave., San Francisco CA 94107
Local native plants suited to San Francisco Bay Area gardens and landscapes.
Baylands Nursery – 965 Weeks St. East, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Wholesale & retail plants, about one-third native.
Bayview Gardens – (831) 423-3656; 1201 Bay St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Berkeley Horticultural Nursery – www.berkeleyhort.com; (510) 526-4704; 1310 McGee Ave., Berkeley, CA 94703
Retail plants – one section devoted to natives.
Bitterroot Restoration, Inc. – www.bitterrootrestoration.com; (916) 434-9571; 55 Sierra College Blvd., Lincoln, CA 95648
Wholesale and custom growing.
C.H. Baccus – (408) 244-2923; 900 Boynton Avenue San Jose, CA 95117
Mail order bulbs.
California Flora Nursery – www.calfloranursery.com; (707) 528-8813; P.O. Box 3, Somers & D Streets, Fulton, CA 95439
Wholesale and retail, native and Mediterranean plants.
The Calypso Orchid Company – www.calypsoorchid.com; P.O. Box 475, Philo CA 95466
Native Calypso bulbosa orchid seeds.
Capitol Wholesale Nursery, Inc. – www.capitolwholesalenursery.com; (408) 239-0589; 2938 Everdale Dr., San Jose, CA 95148
Wholesale, retail and broker nursery that emphasizes sustainable landscapes.
Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship – www.cfses.org; (707) 838-6641; 9619 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor, CA 95492
By appt. only, wholesale and retail plants (small sizes), contract collect and grow, revegetation and restoration.
Central Coast Wilds – www.centralcoastwilds.com; (831) 459-0655; 114 Liberty Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
State registered organic nursery provides quality native plants, seeds, and services to landscapers and designers.
Clyde Robin Seed Company – www.clyderobin.com; (510) 785-0425; P.O. Box 2366, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Mail order and wholesale seeds.
Elkhorn Native Plant Nursery – www.elkhornnursery.com; (831) 763-1207; 1957B Highway 1, Moss Landing, CA 95039
Seed, container & bareroot plants, contract collect & grow, demonstration garden.
Freshwater Farms, Inc. – www.freshwaterfarms.com; (707) 444-8261; 5851 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, CA 95503
Retail and wholesale seeds, container and bareroot riparian plants, contract collect and grow, revegetation and restoration.
Hedgerow Farms – www.hedgerowfarms.com; (530) 662-6847; 21740 County Rd. 88, Winters, CA 95694
Retail and wholesale seed, container grasses, sedges, rushes, and forbes, contract collect and grow, revegetation and restoration.
Jughandle Creek Farm & Nature Center – www.jughandlecreekfarm.org; (707) 964-4630; P.O. Box 17, 15501 North Hwy. 1, Caspar, CA
Non-profit nature center with native plant nursery.
Larner Seeds – www.larnerseeds.com; (415) 868-9407; P.O. Box 407, Bolinas, CA 94924
Mail order seeds, retail plants at nursery, coastal ecotypes, wildflowers, perennials, shrubs, trees, & grasses, contract collect and grow, demonstration garden.
Middlebrook Gardens – www.middlebrook-gardens.com; (408) 292-9993; 76 Race St., San Jose, CA 95126
California Native plants nursery organized by plant community. Check Web site for public sales.
Mostly Natives Nursery – www.mostlynatives.com; (415) 663-8835; 54 B Street, Unit D, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Retail and wholesale plants, coastal natives and drought-tolerant plants.
Native Here Nursery – www.ebcnps.org/index.php/nativehere_nursery/; (510) 549-0211; Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA 94708
Volunteer run by CNPS, excellent source of locally native plants, revegetation, and restoration. Check for hours.
Native Revival Nursery – www.nativerevival.com; (831) 684-1811; 8022 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA 95003
Retail and wholesale seeds and plants, contract collect and grow, revegetation and restoration.
North Coast Native Nursery – www.northcoastnativenursery.com; (707) 769-1213; P.O. Box 744, Petaluma, CA 94953
Native plants for woodland, coastal and riparian habitats, retail and wholesale seeds and plants, contract collect and grow, revegetation and restoration. Call ahead.
Oaktown Native Plant nursery – www.oaktownnativenursery.info/; (510) 387-9744; 702 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
Contract growing and wholesale plants.
Seedhunt – www.seedhunt.com; P.O. Box 96, Freedom, CA 95019-0096
Mail order annual and perennial seed, about 1/3 native, many hard-to-find.
Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens – www.sierraazul.com; (831) 763-0939; 2660 East Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076
Mediterranean and water-conserving plants, many natives.
Sonoma Horticultural Nursery – www.sonomahort.com; (707) 823-6832; 3970 Azalea Ave., Sebastopol CA 95472
Woodland garden, known for rhododendrons and azaleas, some natives.
Telos Rare Bulbs – www.telosrarebulbs.com; P.O. Box 1067, Ferndale, CA 95536
Many natives, including Calochortus, Brodiaea, Fritillaria, Erythronium, Camassia, and more.
The Watershed Nursery – www.thewatershednursery.com; (510) 234-2222; 601-A Canal Blvd., Richmond, CA 94804
Grows a wide variety of plants providing for a high degree of native plant/habitat biodiversity.
Yerba Buena Nursery – www.yerbabuenanursery.com; (650) 851-1668; P.O. Box 3188, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Retail nursery and demonstration garden with over 600 varieties of California native plants.
Invasive Plant Information
Learn about the invasive plants in your back yard and how you can contribute to the restoration of the local landscape by visiting these resources:
In addition to resources from the Napa Valley Chapter, there are a number of online botanical databases and other websites that provide extensive information about California plants. Some of the main ones include: