Landscape Resources & Nursery Links

San Diego Horticultural Society

The SDHS promotes the enjoyment, art, knowledge and public awareness of horticulture in the San Diego area, while providing the opportunity for education and research.  “The only requirement is a curiosity about horticulture and an interest in learning new things. We’re a friendly and dynamic group and we welcome all garden enthusiasts in the San Diego County area.”

Nurseries and Growers of “California Friendly” plants in San Diego County

Waterwise Botanicals (formerly Daylily Hill) 32183 Old Highway 395, Escondido, CA
(760) 728-2641
Grower/retail/wholesale nursery for roses (also drought tolerant roses!), perennials, grasses, shrubs/trees and desert plant species.

You can also visit their themed display gardens to observe the principles of drought resistant landscaping in action: Southwest garden, Cottage garden, “Tropical Jungle garden”, South-African Garden, with an upgraded “Blades and Roses” garden their “most beautiful roses and graceful grasses” coming soon.

Lastly, there are 2 beautiful naturalistic ponds on site that are beautiful, naturalistic, demand very little maintenance and no filtration!  (Tom Jesch, the former owner of Daylily Hill, has since trained an installation landscape company in the technology developed by him).

Oasis Water Efficient Gardens 10816 Reidy Canyon Trail, Escondido, CA
(760) 277-0214
Grower/retail/wholesale nursery for xeriscape plants i.e. succulents, shrubs, and perennials.

Plant Play Nursery 4915 El Camino Real Suite A, Carlsbad, CA
(760) 730-0012
Grower/retail/wholesale nursery for un-common low water landscape plants, grevilleas, dianellas, some eucalyptus, camellias, pincushion proteas, leucodendron, and bulbs. Also garden art, fountains, and pottery.

Village Nurseries 4343 Carmel Valley Rd, San Diego, CA 92120
(800) 542-0209.  New location:  See below /  Miramar Nurseries
Grower/wholesale nursery for perennials, trees, and shrubs.

Briggs Tree Company 1111 Poinsettia Ave, Vista, CA
(760) 727-2727
Aquaduct Wholesale yard at 8248 Via Urner, Bonsall, CA 92003
Grower/wholesale nursery for perennials, trees, and shrubs.

Barrels & Branches 1452 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA
(760) 753-2852
Retail nursery of unusual plant materials, organics, water features, pottery and gift items. Also maintenance and design services.

Pardee Tree Nursery 30970 Via Puerta del Sol, Oceanside, CA
(760) 630 5407
Grower/wholesale nursery for perennials, trees, and shrubs.

Rancho Soledad Nurseries Inc 18539 Aliso Canyon Rd, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
(858) 756-3717
Grower nursery of tropicals, exotics, sub-tropicals, very exceptional Bromeliads, succulents and foliage plants.

Hunter Nursery 3110 Sweetwater Rd, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
(619) 463-9341
Retail/wholesale nursery for perennials, succulents, trees, and shrubs.

Western Cactus Enterprises 1860 Monte Vista Dr, Vista CA 92085
(760) 726-1710
Grower/wholesale of cacti and succulents.

Miramar Nurseries [now Village Nurseries], 5400 Governor Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 552-0658
Grower/retail/wholesale nursery for shrubs, perennials, succulents, and trees.

Walter Andersen Nursery, 3642 Enterprise Street, San Diego CA 92110

(619) 224-8271 . Also at 12755 Danielson Court Poway, CA 92064; (858) 513-4900

Retail nursery; plants; tools,  garden implements, accessories, books, online store.

Desert Theater Nursery 9655 Kiwi Meadow Lane, Escondido, CA 92026
(760) 594-2330
Grower/retail/wholesale of an amazing selection of plants for desert scape designs such as cacti, succulents, and Euphorbias.

Buena Creeks Gardens 418 Buena Creek Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744 2810
Grower/retail retail nursery and beautiful gardens. “Specializing in the Unique and Uncommon for over 20 years in North County, San Diego”. Unusual perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees. Music and events.

San Marcos Growers 125 South San Marcos Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93160
(805) 683-1561
Grower/wholesale nursery for many excellent climate adapted plants, California native plants, grasses, perennials, shrubs, trees, cacti/succulents. Retail locator at their website. Excellent resource page with lists of specialty plants for coastal gardens, understory, wildfire, and bird & butterfly proteas in California gardens.



Recon Native Plant Specialist 1755 Saturn Blvd, San Diego (Imperial Beach), CA 92154
(619) 423-2284
Grower/wholesale nursery of a large selection of plants native to the southwestern United States; plants for habitat restoration.

Las Pilitas Nursery 8331 Nelson Way, Escondido, CA 92026
(760) 749-5930
Grower/retail/wholesale nursery of California native plants.

Moosa Creek Nursery 28435 Wiles Road, Valley Center, Ca 92082
(760) 749-3216
Retail/wholesale of California native plants, contract growing, and restoration.

Tree of Life Nursery 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 728-0685, (949) 728-0509
Grower/retail/wholesale nursery for California native plants. Excellent resource pages. They also have classes, educational and entertaining events.

Native Grow Nursery Valley Center/Brea/San Juan Capistrano
(949) 481-9090
Grower/wholesale nursery for California native plants and other drought tolerant plants.

BOTANIC GARDENS showing California native and other plants 

The Water Conservation Garden

The “Garden” has nearly five acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautiful themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits. Admission is free, and the Garden can be viewed on a self-guided tour, or through one of their many programs.  Located in El Cajon, San Diego.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
RSABG is the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants. Located in Claremont, CA.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden is an educational and scientific institution.  They foster stewardship of the natural world through inspired learning, rigorous scholarship, and premier displays. Located in Santa Barbara, CA.

Theodore Payne Foundation
Theodore Payne Foundation promotes the understanding and preservation of California native flora. Native plants sold here. Located in Sun Valley, CA.

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Native Plant Garden
This native plant garden contains over 750 plants, comprising over 50 different species. Located in Carlsbad, CA.

Environmental Nature Center
California’s varied topography, climate and soils have given rise to a remarkable diversity of habitats, with a corresponding diversity of both plant and animal species. The ENC showcases representative native plants from 15 of California’s plant communities, although it does not come close to representing all of California’s amazing biodiversity. Newport Beach, CA.

The Fullerton Arboretum
Visitors will gain knowledge and appreciation of the plant world through collections that preserve and promote stewardship of worldwide plant diversity and regional agricultural heritage. The Arboretum serves faculty, students and the broader community through education and scholarly activities. The Channel Island Garden is a special feature. Located in Fullerton, CA.

Golden West College – California Native Garden
The place to be for a glimpse of a genuine California landscape. Intriguing plants, beautiful flowers, subtle fragrance, as well as butterflies and birds. On the campus of Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.

Shipley Nature Center
Shipley Nature Center is an 18-acre natural area located in Huntington Beach, California. The nature center is not only a sanctuary for the local wildlife, but it is also a haven for the residents and visitors of Orange County. Native plants sold here. Situated within Huntington Central Park, Huntington Beach, CA.

El Dorado Nature Center
El Dorado Nature Center is dedicated to the enhancement of wildlife habitat and the human spirit. Through education, citizen involvement opportunities, habitat restoration and leisure activities, the Center cultivates among all members of the community a sense of respect, understanding and stewardship for the natural world. Native plant sales. Located in Long Beach, CA.

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens
Restored native plant garden opened to the public in June 2009. This native plant garden stands out because of its coastal location and numerous mature trees which provide lots of shade. This garden features many shade loving native plants. Located in Long Beach, CA.

Biotrek – Rainbird Ethnobotonay Learning Center, Cal Poly Pomona – Aasuingna
There are over 200 different species of plants in Aasuíngna, from California and the surrounding regions. Almost all of these native plants have been used by the Tongva and other indigenous people, and many are ecological dominants in their native range. Located on the Campus of California Polytechnic University – Pomona, CA

South Coast Botanic Garden
The South Coast Botanic Garden, “The Jewel of the Peninsula”, is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula, located 10 miles south of the Los Angeles Airport.

Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden (MBBG)
MBBG is a non-profit, all volunteer-run organization dedicated to promoting earth-friendly gardening techniques, encouraging the use of California native plants and drought-tolerant plants, and conserving our natural resources. The Garden is an outdoor classroom, providing a place of learning and enjoyment for the community. Located in Manhattan Beach, CA.

Leaning Pine Arboretum
The Leaning Pine Arboretum’s mission is to promote and assist in education, research, and public understanding involving appropriate plants used in environmentally sound landscapes. Located on the campus of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Tilden Park Botanic Garden
The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is a naturally beautiful and tranquil living museum of California native plants. Located within Tilden Park in the hills above Berkeley, CA.

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