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.
It’s Spring, and we know you’ve got the itch to garden! The OAEC Nursery offers hundreds of heirloom varieties of brassicas such as broccoli, cabbage, kale and collards; salad greens like arugula and salads-in-a-six-pack; colorful lettuces and chards; alliums such as onions, leeks and scallions; edible flowers; and culinary herbs.
PLEASE NOTE: Our early April sales focus on cool weather crops – we will release the tomatoes and peppers during the summer crops sale. Remember that the average last frost date for this area is April 12th. Come back for the last 2 weekends in April!
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 to receive updates, specials, inspiration and great gardening advice from OAEC staff experts. Click Follow at the top right corner of this page to subscribe 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. Proceeds benefit OAEC’s non-profit work through the Mother Garden Biodiversity Program.
|Jumbo Six Packs||$4.50|
|1 Gallon Pots||$9.25|
Second OAEC driveway
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental, CA 95465
Phone: (707) 874-9591
Other sustainability practices include:
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 30% 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 Longwillow.