Summer Potted Plant Sale – Starts around August 1st, more details soon- Pickup in Mid August- Local Pickup Only- North San Juan and Nevada City- Around 50 Varieties.          Figs, Grapes, Roses, Pomegranate, Ornamentals, Myrtle Communis, Lilacs and more!

Winter Sale – 110 Varieties of Bare Roots and Potted Heirloom Plants!! Catalog will be published November 1st around 7pm. Pickup and Shipping in January and February. CLICK ‘NURSERY INVENTORY’ TAB ABOVE TO SEE OUR CATALOG

We have about 262 varieties of 21 species we save but we offer around 150 of those varieties each year. We remove the sold out varieties as they sell out.  After we sell entirely out, We will repost all pictures and information on next years 150 varieties that will be available next November 2022. Thanks!

We are not your average nursery!

We have passionately searched out to re-discover the living library of plants still scattered across Northern California, left over from the Gold Rush. We have personally found out these trees and have taken cuttings directly from the 100+ year old grandmother trees that still hang on in these ghostly orchards. We offer very rare and exclusive plants and sometimes may only have a few of a variety that we have only just found.

We are a 501(c)3 Non Profit and focus on Preserving the living legacy bequeathed to us by our ancestors and the biodiversity necessary for a resilient food economy in the future. We are searching for Land and Resources to grow our Nursery and look forward to offering more rare and endangered plants from our past, in the future.


Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in our project.  If you wish to help us grow, we would gratefully appreciate tax-deductible donations to our 501 (c) 3 Non Profit  organization using this PAYPAL LINK or on the right side of our page. 

Please send us an e-mail at thefgi@gmail.com  if you would like to be included in our mailing list. You can also sign up on the right side of this page. This includes the first announcement when our catalog comes out in the future.


Beginning in 1871, Felix Gillet, of Nevada City, CA, imported, bred and introduced most of the plants that comprise the foundation of California and Pacific Northwest perennial fruit, grapes and nuts. Gillet introduced hundreds of varieties that helped create these industries: Almonds, Walnuts, Filberts, Chestnuts, Cherries, Apples, Mulberries, Pears, Figs, Table, Raisin and Wine Grapes, Plums, Prunes, Apricots, Peaches, Roses, Nectarines, and Strawberries. Many of his introductions are still the leaders of their industry, while others, then widely planted, provided the genetics for further breeding that led to today’s popular varieties.         

       Gillet is the father of perennial agriculture in                        California and the Pacific Northwest

Felix Gillet Institute, (the FGI) is a 501 (c) 3 non profit educational organization, was founded in 2003 by Amigo Bob Cantisano to identify, preserve and propagate the best of the varieties still thriving in the mining camps, farms, homesteads and towns of the Sierra, and elsewhere. True permaculture plants, these 125+ year survivors show great resistance to harsh weather, drought, insect and disease attack, and often produce remarkable, extremely flavorful crops with little or no human assistance.

The FGI is creating a database of hundreds of these plants, identifying varietal characteristics, locations, crop production, quality criteria as well as propagating them for future generations of gardeners, farmers, nurseries researchers and use in breeding improved varieties. We are online with an educational website featuring Gillet’s catalogs, numerous technical writings, variety information, historical notes, our FGI plant list featuring the Gillet plants we have identified and propagate for your growing fun, and more. Over 85 varieties of fruit and nut trees and grapes, grown using beyond organic methods, are available dormant, January and February. We are also working with high school students to develop horticultural nursery skills and education, as well as conducting public tastings of these amazing fruits and nuts.

Amigo Bob Cantisano, Jenifer Bliss and  Adam Nuber


P.O. Box 942
North San Juan, CA 95959

Office: 530-292-3619
Fax: 530-292-3688