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!


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!

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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!



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.


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


We urge you to sign up for our email list and like our Facebook for early notification of when our plants will be available. 

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 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.



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.


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!


If you have questions, please contact us at   (530) 292-3619 or

We accept orders only via the website


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Reine Claude (Greengage) Plum

SKU 03203
Out of stock
Product Details

Many Consider the Reine Claude, aka Greengage Plum, the absolute best tasting European plums where you can find it in all the outdoor markets. Good for fresh eating, canning and jamming. It is a full flavored, rich, juicy, firm plum with a perfect sweet/tart Balance. Reine Claude is considered a European Plum but has its ancestry in Persia, modern day Iran, where it was discovered as a wilding, initially tended by nature. They are nearly round green skinned plums, roughy 2.5 inches with sweet, yellow flesh that sticks to the pit. They prefer to grow near other European plum trees varieties for good pollination and which leads to a higher fruit yield. Considered finicky, however, with rich, good draining soil, hot summer days and adequate water you will have exquisite plums that have been enjoyed for hundreds of years. They can tolerate very cold temperatures including heavy snow. Thin out trees and make sure good sunlight gets to the fruit.

After being discovered in Iran, this beautiful and tasty Prunus domestica was imported into France where it was named after Reine Claude (Queen Claude), in honor of the French Queen, Duchess of Brittany (1499–1524). Also in France, the greengage is sometimes known as la bonne reine (French for "the good Queen"). Allegedly they were imported into England from France in 1724 by Sir William Gage from where they acquired the name Greengage. They then spread rapidly to Italy, the USA and the rest of the world.

This tree was discovered at 5,000 ft elevation near Loyalton, CA, which was settled in the late 1850’s mainly by Italian and Swiss immigrants traveling to California via covered wagons, drawn by oxen. Though their intention was to get to California and make their fortune, some of them stayed in the Sierra Valley and set up homesteads and ranches and established successful dairy businesses that supplied the gold miners in California with essentials such as milk, cheese, meat, eggs and hay. As you drive around the valley today, you will notice many streets names such as Roberti, Fillipini, Maddelena, Folchi - clearly of Italian origin. The descendants of these families still live in the valley today and own substantial ranches.

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