Nursery Catalog

Thank you for supporting our work as we discover and preserve the heirloom fruit and nut trees of our historic past. Our plant sales are fundraisers to support our organization.  If you feel our work is important, please consider a donation to help save these endangered varieties. Thank you!

SUMMER SALE PLANTS AVAILABLE NOW!

We sell out very quickly and we are expanding our nursery to accommodate!

All of your purchases fund our Non Profit, and we gratefully accept your tax-deductible donations. Donations keep us going! Thank you!

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see our catalog.

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

Winter Bareroot Trees and Potted Sale – 110 Varieties of Bare Roots and Potted Heirloom Plants!! Catalog will be published around November 1st, 7pm. Pickup and Shipping in January and February. Apples, Pears, Almonds, Apricot, Peach, Cherry, Plum, Mulberry and more!

 

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!

 

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We are not your average nursery!

We have passionately searched to re-discover the living, historic plants still scattered across Northern California, left over from the Gold Rush. We have personally found these trees and have taken cuttings directly from the ancient, 100+ year old grandmother trees that are still alive in these ghostly orchards. We are a very small nursery and offer very rare and exclusive plants, some we may have only just found. So, there are a limited supply of some varieties. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

 

We are a 501(c)3 Non Profit and focus on Preserving the living legacy bequeathed to us 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.

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Plant Pickups are pre-scheduled at
Sweetland Garden and Mercantile
North San Juan, CA

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Call (530) 292-3619 or email us at thefgi@gmail.com and request to be added to the email list. 

We apologize if we run out of something you want — the early bird gets the worm!

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NOTE ON SHIPPING

The box for shipping is 8″x8″x48″ The shipping will be the same for 1 tree to 12 bare root trees, up to 40 lbs. We are based in Nevada City, Ca. In general, to ship inside California is between $35-$70. To the Central USA is about $60-90. To ship to the East Coast is about $80-$120. If you just get one tree it is quite expensive, but if you get a few trees it’s not so bad. We make no money on shipping and these are UPS Shipping costs.

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THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!

Thank you Everyone for supporting this project!  While the nursery sales provide approximately 25% of our operating budget, we rely on donors and occasional grants. In the past we have received generous grants from UNFI, the Gaia Foundation, and the Bill Graham Foundation. With the pandemic there has been a drop off in grants and donations. So, we are grateful for your purchases and generous donations.
In the face of modern industrial agriculture we have lost 95% of our genetic diversity, and with your help all of us are saving the very best gems still growing throughout California’s Gold Rush Countrysides.

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ORDERS OVER $400 Automatically receive 10% Off

We charge $10 dollars per order for materials and handling on both shipping and pickup. If you order multiple times we will refund any additional Handling Fees incurred from ordering multiple times per season.

Happy Planting!

 

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If you have questions, please contact us at   (530) 292-3619 or thefgi@gmail.com


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Beurre Clairgeau

SKU 00147
$55.00
Out of stock
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Product Details

Originated in Nantes, France by Pierre Clairgeau in 1848 and introduced by Gillet to the Gold Country in 1876. In Gillet’s 1880 description, he said, “Fruit large, from 12 -18 ounces, pyriform, beautifully shaped, splendid flavor, buttery; tree very vigorous and one of the most productive of the Pear family; regular bearer. November to December ripening. The size, very early bearing, productiveness and beauty of the fruit, together with its ripening in early winter or late in the fall, render this variety one of our most valuable.” This variety was chosen by the Slow Food Ark of Taste in 2014 to be honored and saved for posterity. Makes a good canning pear, with excellent fresh and dried uses. Storage Pear. When the pear breaks off easily from the tree when it is lifted up. Store in a box in a cool area suffocated in cloth or paper. This allows for all the natural gas such as ethylene to ripen the pear, which reduces the astringency in the skin.


The grandmother tree is located at the original Gillet property, Barren Hill Nursery, on Aristocracy Hill in Nevada City at 2500'. This must have been a Felix favorite, as it is planted directly off his front porch - still growing strong, and often bearing large crops, without any nearby pollenizer pear. We consider it the prime variety still growing on his property.

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