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.
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.
2017 Seasonal Hours of Operation:
OPEN April - October*
Saturdays & Sundays, 10am-5pm
*closed April 15-16, 2017
Starting in 2017, our Nursery will be open every weekend from April-October Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm (*closed for easter April 15-16). You can now peruse our vast inventory of perennial plants throughout the warm gardening months. 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 40 species to choose from! All plant starts are propagated on-site from plants in our own Mother Garden and Nursery.
In addition to our usual weekend offerings focused on perennial plants, we host three seasonal Plant Sale Events, each spanning two back-to-back weekends during peak times for planting annual vegetables, flowers and herbs. These events are celebrations of biodiversity, organic gardening and community, and feature educational opportunities such as tours of OAEC where you can see plants from our Nursery grown to maturity in our Mother Garden.
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The OAEC Nursery is unique: We have the only California Certified Organic Nursery in the Bay Area within the context of a non-profit education center 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.
Generally, our pricing is determined by the size of the container. However, some of our rare plants are priced individually.
|Jumbo Six Packs||$4.50|
|1 Gallon Pots||$9.25|
Second OAEC driveway
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental, CA 95465
Nursery Phone: (707) 874-9591
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:
We give away over 100 pounds of seed each year at the Ecological Farming Conference, Annual Bioneers Conference and Sonoma County Seed Swap.
This residential course supports teachers, garden educators and administrators to create and sustain garden-based ecological literacy programs.