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.
The Master Gardener Volunteer program is a great place for sourcing and learning about plants.
Solano County Local Nurseries
A special note on Coronavirus (COVID-19): Nurseries are allowed to stay open as essential services, but many have changed the way they operate in response to health guidelines. Where applicable, we have provided information on how these local outlets are conducting business — but check with them for updates.
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 (Vallejo) – A pop-up nursery from the owners of Dog Island Farm open on select days and by appointment.
Next plant sale will be April 11. Still offering appointments and sale days for what is in stock. Planning online gardening courses. More here.
Lemuria Nursery (Dixon) – The largest wholesale grower of plants in Solano County, open to the public. Nursery owners and operators since 1939.
Remains open 8 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday. Check on plant availability.
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.
No plant sales at this time. More here.
Mid City Nursery (American Canyon) – A great source for gardening and plant information in Napa County and Solano County.
Temporarily closed starting March 22. Plans to reopen in early April. More here.
Morningsun Herb Farm (Vacaville) – Offering a wide variety of Herb and Perennial Plants for sale online AND at the nursery.
Remains open with some important social distancing rules in place. Senior hours from 7-9 am Wednesdays (those 55 and over also get a 10% discount on Wednesdays). More here.
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.