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

Summer Sale- July (Potted Plants)

Winter Sale- October (Bareroots and Potted Plants)






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 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.




Plant Pickup is pre-scheduled at
Sweetland Garden and Mercantile
North San Juan, CA




We are a very small nursery and there are a limited supply of some varieties. We are sorry for the inconvenience.  When we find long term farm land we’ll be able to do more.

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Call (530) 292-3619 or email us at 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!




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 in California is between $35-$50. To the Central USA is about $60-90. To ship to the East Coast is about $80-$110. 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.



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. This year we are grateful to the Bill Graham Foundation for their support of our work. Hats off and gratitude to them.   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 Country.




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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(530) 292-3619 or

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Fit for the Czar Apple

SKU 00118
Out of stock
Product Details

This heirloom owes its name to its place in California horticultural history. In the mid 1890s Lowell Hill, near the Bear River, was already a famed apple growing area. James Buckner, then a well known fruit grower in Lowell Hill was documented in 1894 to have shipped two hundred boxes of highly prized apples to Nicholas II, then the Czar of Russia. Imagine the logistics of shipping apples around the world in the 1890s! This must have been one helluva a fruit to justify its international fame! We have discovered what we believe to be the trees in the remnants of a Lowell Hill orchard, that still produces wonderful fruit. This Pearmain type fruit is sweet, crunchy and very flavorful. It harvests in September to October @ 3900' and keeps for at least two months, longer with refrigeration. Excellent for fresh eating, very good in pies and applesauce. May be a good addition for cider, we haven’t tried them yet.

The grandmother tree exists on a historic orchard in Lowell Hill, at 3900’ in Placer county, CA. Lowell Hill was a gold mining town from the 1850s through the early 1900s and attracted numerous farmers and ranchers due to the deep forest soils, plentiful snowpack and good access to markets via proximity to the Western Pacific railroad in Dutch Flat, a rip roaring mining town on the other side of the Bear River. We have located three distinct heirloom orchards still growing around Lowell Hill with no human care. The bears and squirrels are the biggest challenge to harvesting these crops and the long-term survival of the trees.

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