The Restoration Nursery is a multifaceted department that focuses on collection, propagation, out-planting, and experimental restoration studies of the California native flora.
The Restoration Nursery performs restoration services through grants and second-party contracts with partnering organizations. Since 2014, demand for locally sourced and phyto-sanitary plants has grown and, as a response, CalBG has increased its efforts to provide quality material for restoration. The restoration of native plants is a multi-level process that includes securing locally adapted plant material (seeds, cuttings, or divisions), establishing appropriate timelines for plant propagation, and out-planting in order to achieve maximum success. CalBG prides itself on upholding the highest standards of phyto-sanitary practices in the nursery, as well as in the field, to prevent the unintended introduction of pathogens and pests to restoration sites. In this, CalBG has been a leader for southern California and is always looking for new opportunities and challenges.

Large quantities of plants are not kept in stock in the CalBG nursery facility. All plants are grown on a contract basis, and it is recommended that you contact us one to two years before your project is set to commence, depending on container size desired.


Restoration and mitigation grow outs

Seed bulking

Seed and vegetative material collecting for propagation

Small scale restoration out-plantings

Restoration monitoring

Restoration experimental trails

Common garden studies

Ongoing Projects

Seed bulking of Chorizanthe parryi var. fernandina (San Fernando Valley spineflower) in partnership with Dudek and Associates. Plants grown in groups in accordance with subpopulation and time of collection in order to achieve a robust genetic assortment of seed for future restoration.

Chaparral Restoration in the Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Watershed, a grant funded by the National Forest Foundation, working in partnership with the Angeles National Forest. This project  focuses on advancing chaparral restoration through establishing two experimental restoration sites that encompass 30 acres. Research and monitoring includes outplanting selected chaparral and coastal sage shrubs to examine reduced watering schemes, different container sizes, seed broadcasting, and recovery following weed eradication with and without supplemental planting.

Contract to grow the rare plant Verbesina dissita (big-leaved crownbeard) in partnership with the Laguna Canyon Foundation. Plants were grown through a variety of methods which included seed propagation, vegetative cuttings, and rhizome cuttings.

Contract to collect, propagate plants, and create seed mixes for the Robert Redford Conservancy located in the Bernard Field Station in partnership with Pitzer College. Plants grown and maintained under this contract included, but were not limited to, Acmispon glaber, Berberis nevinii, Corethrogyne filaginifolia, Elymus condensatus, Frangula californica subsp. californica, Penstemon spectabilis, Rhamnus crocea, and Solanum umbelliferum.

Plant propagation for the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) within the Angeles National Forest in partnership with Southern California Edison. Plants grown and maintained under this contract included, but were not limited to, Adenostoma fasciculatum, Cercocarpus betuloides, Encelia actoni, Malacothamnus fasciculatus, Peritoma arborea, Quercus berberidifolia, and Salvia apiana.

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Restoration Project Manager