Here at Larner Seeds, we seek to promote the riches of our California flora, through supplying our customers with seeds, plants, books, advice, and landscaping services. It is our goal to bring to the California gardener the perspectives and information of the whole humming world of natural history as it applies to the California landscape.
Let us celebrate this place by helping the native flora find its way back into the land surrounding our homes, for gardens that are full of life, the life of California. Shaded and sheltered by native trees and shrubs, delighted and renewed by our California wildflowers, nourished by our native fruits, greens, and nuts,we as gardeners become ever more deeply "home."
How to begin? Start with local field trips with naturalists and biologists, buy local floras, join the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and slowly build your vision of your own, site-specific California backyard restoration garden. We hope that our catalog, books, seeds, and plants will be part of the adventure.
This we can promise - there will be no end to the learning and the delights
We are excited about the Larner Seeds Special Collections
These make wonderful gifts and provide great savings with seven different attractively-packaged gatherings of seeds relevant to a particular interest or focus, including:
We supply fifty different wildflower species and four different wildflower mixes, available in bulk as well as by the packet. Our catalog includes bothannualsandperennials, wildflower mixes, grasses, shrubs,and trees. Seeds to grow the mighty oak and the tiny flower. We offer site-specific seed collection as well. Propagated at our nursery, with an emphasis on coastal plants. They can be purchased hereat our Larner Seeds office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and Saturdays from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Books Carefully selected to reflect our focus. Not strictly horticultural, our offerings include books from the fields of anthropology, ethnobotany, natural history, range management, and entomology. We specialize in hard to find books that will inspire and inform.
Garden Tools and Accessories
Some of our favorite tools and toys for working in the garden and bringing natural products back into the home. We hold all our products in the highest standing with the hope that they will enliven your gardening and general experience.
Demonstration Garden Shop Seeds, books, and gardening aids are now attractively displayed in the Larner Seeds Shop, a clean, well-lit place for seeds. With the shop set snugly into our one-acre demonstration garden of all California native plants, customers can browse in comfort and at their leisure among all our seed offerings, some of which are not listed in the catalog. Our books are accessibly displayed as well, with a new and ever-changing section featuring rare and out-of-print used books. Choice related items, from native plant scented soaps to Scotch Broom removal tools, edible wildflower seeds and our favorite gardening tools, are also available.
For homeowners interested in "backyard restoration gardening" on-site consultation is available, as well as a more economical venue, in which appointments are set up here at Larner Seeds. Clients bring pictures of their garden and detailed questions. Call Larner Seeds for more information, at 415-868-9407.
Judith Larner Lowry at work
Seeds & Plants of California's Native Wildflowers, Grasses, Shrubs, Vines & Trees
Tuesday, March 24, 7pm
Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, Calif.
Join author and proprietor of Larner Seeds Judith Lowry, as she discusses many aspects of backyard restoration gardening, from foraging to forbs, from native foods in the wild, to the wild food garden in your backyard.
As proprietor of Larner Seeds for the last 35 years, Judith has deeply and faithfully explored the boundaries between the wild and cultivated worlds. Her new book, California Foraging, provides a fascinating look at the wild edible plants of our state, from edible seeds to Indian potatoes to greens and shoots. Her work as a designer and landscape consultant as well as a propagator and wildland seed-gatherer all come together in her latest book. Copies will be available.
This talk is co-sponsored by CNPS, who will be hosting Judith at a pre-talk dinner at 5pm at Sorella Cafe in Fairfax. If you would like to join us, reserve a place with Renee Fittinghoff, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, April 19, 12 to 4. Tours will be offered at 1 and 3:00 pm.
"Open House at Larner Seeds," Part of the CNPS Celebration of Native Plant Week
Larner Seeds is proud to announce that artist, musician, and faithful Larner Seeds employee Jeff Manson will be leading tours for this special Open House. Jeff has been filling orders, coddling seed grow-outs, working in our design department, and bringing in lots of young people.
Occasionally, he writes a song about our work, such as one pointing out the differences between the horticultural and the wild forms of farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena. It's about time this was the subject of a song!
We know you will enjoy Jeff's informative take on the various garden features at Larner Seeds. The Garden Shop, Nursery, and Demonstration Garden will all be open & available, with some native snacks as well.