Nursery Catalog

Thank you so much for all the support!

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.

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 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!


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 plum. 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 which 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 around with gummy sweet, yellow flesh which sticks to the pit. They prefer to grow near other European plum trees for good pollination 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 get into 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 worldwide,

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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