OAEC Nursery

The OAEC Nursery offers hundreds of varieties of 100% Certified Organic, open-pollinated, heirloom vegetables, flowers and culinary and medicinal herbs, many started from our own seed collection and propagated from plants in our "Mother Garden." Visitors can see mature plants in place through tours of our gardens and ask the expert OAEC gardeners on hand in the Nursery for water-conserving gardening advice.

2018 Seasonal Hours of Operation:

OPEN April - October

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-5pm

OAEC Nursery News

OAEC greenhouse

The climate is changing and so is the OAEC Nursery!

The OAEC non-profit nursery is the outward face of our 45-year-old esteemed Mother Garden and represents an outreach into the… Read More >

Seed Swap, Feb 13th at Sebastopol Grange

Join us for our FAVORITE seed swap (and we go to a lot of seed swaps!) on Tuesday February 13th,… Read More >

CCOF cost share program

This year the OAEC nursery and gardens were able to waive 75% of our organic certification fees through the Federal Organic Cost… Read More >

Now Open Every Weekend April-October!

Starting in 2018, our Nursery will be open from April through October every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. We boast the widest selection of perennial food crops in the Bay Area for permaculture design applications, as well as rare and unusual medicinal and culinary herbs, habitat plants for pollinators, and ornamentals for drought tolerant landscapes. We also specialize in Salvias, with a collection of over 40 species to choose from! All plant starts are propagated on-site from plants in our own Mother Garden and Nursery.

Friends of the Nursery

Donate $50 or more to OAEC and get:

  • A 20% discount on all nursery purchases.
  • Special invites to our Friends of the Nursery preview events. Get first pick of the best plants!

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Looking for a gift for the organic gardener in your life? Gift Certificates available in $25, $50 & $100 denominations.

"The best plant sale on earth." - Michele Anna Jordan

The OAEC California Certified Organic Nursery is dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity. Our hand-tended plants are selected to thrive regionally here in the Bay Area and all have been trialed and savored for years in OAEC's gardens and kitchen. We guarantee the health of our plants and assure a high quality of care from inception to point of sale.

When you buy our annuals and perennials, you are supporting the projects and partnerships of OAEC.

Nursery Information

Second OAEC driveway
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental, CA 95465

Nursery Phone: (707) 874-9591

Contact & Directions

Tours are 1st and 3rd Sundays at 1-2:30pm during the April-October open nursery season. No pre-registration needed. Please note that the site and gardens are otherwise closed to visitors except during tours, volunteer day and courses.

Bring Us Your Pots!

We'd love to reuse your gallon pots, square 4-inch pots, or square 17-inch flats (no others, please) that are in good condition.

Thanks for bringing them along when you come to the OAEC Nursery!

Other sustainability practices include:

  • The use of EnviroStake, a polypropylene-derived pot tag that is curbside recyclable and biodegradable.
  • A commitment to being 100% California Certified Organic - including our ornamental plants and our potting mixes, amendments and foliar sprays. We are the only 100% Organic nursery in the Bay Area.

Mother Garden Biodiversity Program

Seed Swaps

We give away over 100 pounds of seed each year at the Ecological Farming Conference, Annual Bioneers Conference and Sonoma County Seed Swap. Learn more about seed saving at OAEC >

Onsite Garden

Our 100% Organic demonstration gardens and orchards are living laboratories for OAEC courses, School Garden Teacher Trainings, Garden Volunteer Day and Garden Internships.

School Garden Teacher Training

This residential course supports teachers, garden educators and administrators to create and sustain garden-based ecological literacy programs.