OAEC supports diverse communities to design their own regenerative systems at the regional and local scale.
Our cookbook is a collection of inventive recipes inspired by seasonal eating from our biodiverse Mother Garden, orchards and Wildlands Preserve.
Experience the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center through a video tour and beautiful photographs of our Guest Houses, Meeting Room, Bathhouse, Kitchen & Dining Room, Mother Garden and more.
New in 2017: Now open every weekend April-October, Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-5pm! Our nursery specializes in open-pollinated perennials including edible landscaping plants, rare and endangered food crops, drought tolerant ornamentals and habitat plants. Join us for our three special Plant Sale Events focused on annual plants for starting your seasonal vegetable gardens.
OAEC offers the longest consistently running two-week Permaculture Design Certification course in the West. Immerse yourself in information, ideas and inspiration on how to design sustainable, regenerative systems in balance with your home ecosystem.
Our School Garden Teacher Training supports schools to integrate the school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.
We’re in a drought, so what’s a gardener to do? Come talk to us and learn about water-resilient gardening from our WATER Institute, who will be distributing educational materials at the Sale. Take advantage of the winter rains to grow food by planting early in the fall while the soil is still warm – in other words, an early investment of water now will save lots during the rainy season. We encourage you to plant a diverse winter garden with crops you can enjoy through the end of the year and into the Spring: brassicas such as kale, broccoli, collards, romanesco and cauliflower; Asian choys and cabbages; salad greens; chards; leeks, onions and scallions; edible flowers like calendulas; and cool weather herbs such as chervil and cilantro.
Doug says, “Plant at the end of August to enjoy food from the garden all winter long!”
A small, intimate opportunity to mingle with both staff and plants, Friends of the Nursery previews offer a unique chance to support OAEC while receiving a 20% discount on your purchases. Get first pick of our selection and avoid the Plant Sale crowds!
You can become a Friend of the Nursery ($50+ annually) at the Preview, or donate now.
Subscribe to the OAEC Nursery Newsletter for updates, specials and gardening advice from OAEC staff. Click the Follow button at the top right corner of this page and check “specific nursery information” under subscription preferences.
Generally, our pricing is determined by the size of the container. However, our more rare plants may be priced individually.
|Jumbo Six Packs||$4.50|
|1 Gallon Pots||$9.25|
Second OAEC driveway
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental, CA 95465
Phone: (707) 874-9591
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Be a part of spreading plant biodiversity!
We invite you to volunteer on a Saturday or Sunday during our Spring Plant Sale weekends. Enjoy the company of fellow plant-appreciators and a 20% discount on plants.
With both brand-new and long-time seasoned volunteers, we create a whacky, fun and educational celebration of our green friends while contributing to the long-term sustainability of OAEC and its local, national and international projects and partnerships.
Volunteer tasks include:
Please contact Plant Sale Coordinator Mary Zovich at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 874-9591.