FOR: Narrow-leaf and showy milkweed (seasonal availability); also many native nectar plants, both annual and perennial. Open Mar–Nov.
Ways to get a particular plant that you want for your habitat garden: 1. purchase from a reputable grower or commercial nursery; 2. grow the plants from seeds; or 3. clone or divide new plants from established plants. Read on for the pros and cons of each of these options.
growing a plant from seed
new plants from exiting plants
FOR: The Marin chapter of the California Native Plant Society offers an extensive array of native bulbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and even sometimes trees at their April and October plant sales, held on the grounds of Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael. Home Ground supplies about a third of the plants each sale through their propagation activities. Check www.cnpsmarin.org for dates. Flowering plants for pollinators are the emphasis in spring; shrubs are the emphasis at the fall sale.
FOR: Marin’s mostly native nursery, CNL grows and sells organic California native plants & veggies and offers lots of great garden art. CNL’s store is one of the retail outlets for Home Ground’s line of locally packaged native wildflower seeds.
FOR: Cal Flora is a small, unconventional nursery devoted to natives and habitat gardening with a diversity of offerings. They are knowledgeable and experienced. Most plants are propagated on site.