Plant Resources for Solano County

Sustainable Solano Seed Plot Definition

The design concept of the Solano Sustainable Landscaping Initiative is based on a standard model plot of a permaculture food forest called “Seed Plot”. We hired a professional permaculture designer to develop a model plot based on plants that thrive in the Bay Area, native or well-adapted to Mediterranean climate (resulting in moderate water use), high-yield and multiple functions of each plant to ensure creation of a vigorous healthy ecosystem providing food, supporting natural habitat and building up soil. [Click here for full description of Seed Plot ]

A Forest Garden

Learn more about the approach of a food forest garden in this short film from Thomas Regnault highlighting agroforestry expert Martin Crawford’s work to transform a field into a forest garden. The film is part of National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase.

Shared here with permission of the filmmaker.

Master Gardener

The Master Gardener Volunteer program is a great place for sourcing and learning about plants.

Solano County Local Nurseries

El Rancho Nursery (Vacaville) – The largest family-owned and operated nursery in Solano County growing a wide array of plants available for delivery.

Grow a Pear Nursery (Vallej0) – A pop-up nursery from the owners of Dog Island Farm open on select days and by appointment.

Loma Vista Farm (Vallejo) – This education-based farm sells plants that do well locally, including many natives, perrenials and herbs. Sales support the farm’s educational programs.

Mid City Nursery (American Canyon) – A great source for gardening and plant information in Napa County and Solano County.

Morningsun Herb Farm (Vacaville) – Offering a wide variety of Herb and Perennial Plants for sale online AND at the nursery.

Lemuria Nursery (Dixon) – The largest wholesale grower of plants in Solano County, open to the public. Nursery owners and operators since 1939.

Sweet Pea’s Nursery and Pet Boutique (Vacaville) – Organic succulent nursery with flowers, herbs, vegetables and seeds. Also a pet boutique carrying pet foods, bathing products & supplies.


Fruit Tree Planting and Pruning Resources

Click on the links below for PDF documents on each topic.

Backyard Orchard Culture

Selecting Varieties and Rootstocks

Planting and Pruning Tips

Examples of High-Density Planting

Fruit Tree Pruning Presentation

*Resources provided by Kristina Fink of Lemuria Nursery

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Upcoming Events

all-day Central Solano: Listening Circle... @ Central Solano County cities
Central Solano: Listening Circle... @ Central Solano County cities
Feb 29 all-day
Listening Circles Sessions in Central Solano County start this month. Learn more about the Listening Circles program here. Listening Circles Mission: The Listening Circles Project aims to increase the understanding of environmental issues that affect[...]
9:00 am Benicia: Benicia Community Garde... @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
Benicia: Benicia Community Garde... @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
Feb 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Benicia Community Gardens will hold its annual meeting from 9-11 am Feb. 29 at Heritage Presbyterian Church. Pastries, fruit and coffee will be served. All Benicia Community Gardeners are invited to attend. We will review[...]
10:00 am Vallejo: Create Free Plants – Pl... @ Grow a Pear Nursery
Vallejo: Create Free Plants – Pl... @ Grow a Pear Nursery
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Learn how to make new plants for free by propagating plants. We will talk about seeds, cuttings, layering, and division. Learn about different growing media and supplies that you’ll need to be successful at propagation.[...]
all-day Solano County Water Awareness Vi...
Solano County Water Awareness Vi...
Mar 1 all-day
Solano County Water Awareness Video Contest
The Solano County Water Agency has launched its 2020 video contest, open to middle and high school students in the county. This year’s challenge is to create “H2O Tunes” videos featuring water efficiency tips put[...]