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

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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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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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Grosse Tendre Almond

SKU 00195
Out of stock
Product Details

We believe this almond to be same almond Gillet published in his catalogs as 'Grosse Tendre or known also as 'Improved Languedoc.' Translating as 'Big Tender' Gillet wrote that it is "A soft shelled nut above medium in size, recently imported from the province of Languedoc in southern France; as hardy as the Languedoc." This plump, little, heirloom nut can be removed easily from it's shell and eaten by the handful. Almond trees love to be planted with at least one other almond tree variety to increase pollenization. They are one of the earliest trees to bloom and consequently subject to freezing out, especially at higher elevations. They are beautiful trees and the blossoms are a lovely pink to white.

The mother tree is growing on a small property in Nevada City, about 1/2 mile from Gillet’s Barren Hill Nursery. The property is now well cared for and contains multiple Gillet era trees. Nevada City was the center of the Gold Rush Northern mines, the social and financial hub. Once the capitol of the territory of Nevada, it is still a thriving, beautiful town primarily surviving on the heritage of its mining history. The beauty of the place is, in part, a result of the efforts of Gillet and his successor Charles Parsons, who provided thousands of food and ornamental plants that give Nevada City its botanical diversity. Few residents are aware that the most significant nurserymen of the West operated his nursery on Aristocracy Hill for more than 40 years, followed by the Parsons for another 60 years. We believe these almonds will be productive at all sites below 2500 feet where there is minimal spring frost damage. Higher elevations require an excellent air drainage site, and may produce crops infrequently, although the tree and blossoms will be beautiful.

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