Nursery Catalog

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

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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.

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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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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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Donna de Lyon

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$50.00
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Product Details

This European chestnut (Castenea sativa) is the best of more than 80 chestnut trees we have discovered and evaluated over the last 40 years. It is truly superior, producing very large nuts that are extremely sweet, and easy to peel. This chestnut tastes great and sweet even when eaten raw. It also keeps, under refrigeration, for much longer than other chestnut varieties and species. The carbohydrates mature into sugars that, under the right conditions, have developed a tropical flavor by springtime. It is superior to the widely planted Colossal, a Gillet introduction that was misnamed by the man who rediscovered it in the 1970s. We have chosen to propagate this variety because of it's superior quality. The Colossal, actually the Marron de Quercy, is located on a homestead in Nevada City and is a good nut, but we prefer the Marron de Lyon, or Donna de Lyon as we have renamed her in honor of Donna, the beloved grandmother who lived on the homestead where the mother tree is located. Our variety was sold by Gillet beginning in the mid 1880s as Marron de Lyon. Our trees are grafted, using the scion from the mother tree, onto seedling chestnut rootstock. This variety was chosen by the Slow Food Ark of Taste to be honored and saved for posterity.

The grandmother tree is a very healthy 110+ year young specimen growing at 2800’ in a mixed Gillet homestead orchard in Camptonville, Yuba County, a vibrant mining town of the mid 1800s, and still populated with many of Gillet's trees. Camptonville was also the home of Lester Pelton, who in 1870 invented the Pelton wheel. Lester changed the course of human evolution by inventing the device for making hydroelectric power. Remember the tune "Camptown ladies sing this song, doo dah, doo dah..."? That's Camptonville. Camptonville is a fascinating old mining camp, with many Gillet trees. We will be introducing more from this area in coming years.

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