From the blog

March in the Natural Garden

In general, gardeners are an optimistic lot, and usually our optimism pays off… eventually. After nearly three years of meager winter rains coupled with extreme summer heat, we are now experiencing a “great” rain year, with repeated soakings and copious precipitation that will provide deep moisture for our plants well into summer and beyond.

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February in the Natural Garden

February 2023 in the Natural Garden.

The strange September soakings coupled with the bountiful winter rains have produced unprecedented blooms in some of our driest places. The desert came out with off-season flowers in fall and winter, and has already made a good start on spring. Other…

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January in the Natural Garden

January, 2023 in the Natural Garden.

…but our forecast for the next two weeks in southern California has us getting a few scraps of rain left over from the main course being served in northern California. This is fairly typical, as evidenced by Mendocino’s 40” compared to San Diego’s 10” annual average…

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Experience Tree of Life Nursery

Every month we invite you to learn with us and honored guests for Tree of Life Workshops. Topics range from landscape design to natural history of California.

“Take care of the land and the land will take care of you.”

— Margarita Petra Maria de la Concepcion 'Daisy' O'Neill (1879-1981)

Recent Videos

Plants of the California Deserts

Kevin Alison details California desert plants and how they are used in the garden. Kevin covers the evolution of desert habitats and common adaptations of desert plants that allow them to survive and thrive in hot, dry climates. Kevin also highlights desert species that can be planted throughout the summer and add summer color to your garden!

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Designing with California Native Plants

Randi Gunder is an experienced Landscape Designer, whom specializes in California’s Native Plants. In this video, she breaks down her design process and guides us through her professional tips to help you create your ideal native landscape.

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Habitat Gardening

Tree of Life Nursery General Manager, Laura Camp, describes how to attract hummingbirds to your garden by creating native habitats.

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