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Nursery Story

Oaktown Native Plant Nursery started in 2002. The nursery began as a group of native plant enthusiasts seeking to propagate local natives out of fondness for the plants and curiosity about what they bring to ecological restoration, re-vegetation and habitat gardening.

Our first venue was a friend’s backyard in Oakland where we grew primarily for a local land management company. After the house sold we moved to Alameda Point for 4 years and transitioned from a hobby to a small business.

In November 2010, the nursery grew into its latest space at the bottom of Channing Way in Berkeley.

Oaktown Nursery is a hybrid. In order to provide a broad native plant selection for both novice and nerd we do in-house propagation as well as selectively buying native plants for resale. Our historic specialty has been growing natives specific to local habitats and microclimates. Plants are grown from permitted, site-specific seed and cuttings. Recently we have strayed a bit from growing strictly local plants in order to add more color and diversity for gardeners and landscapers.