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by Janet
on August 27, 2021 at 7:32 PM
A great post - thank you. Outside of the UC Davis plant sales, where do you recommend purchasing these plants in our area?
Reply by Christine Casey
on August 30, 2021 at 10:28 AM
I'm glad this was helpful. You'll find most of these plants at Green Acres Nursery and Supply (, which has five locations in the Sacramento area. Another source is Lemuria Nursery ( in Dixon. Home Depot and Lowe's will sometimes have the more common plants such as yarrow, catmint, or Santa Barbara daisy.  
A great source for natives is California Flora Nursery ( in Santa Rosa. They also carry some low-water non-natives. It's a bit of a drive, but they have a large selection. Both this nursery and Lemuria have inventories on their websites. A final source for natives is the California Native Plant Society's local chapter (
by Christina Riley
on September 10, 2021 at 3:56 PM
I have recently taken out my front lawn. I would like to replace with a pollinator lawn (a bee lawn or urban meadow). Do you have any source recommendations for such a lawn please? My research has led me to a Ohio company and a midwest university, but I am unsure of how the seeds will grow in Sacramento. Thank you
Reply by Christine Casey
on September 14, 2021 at 9:49 AM
I'm not aware of any meadow lawn suppliers in the Sacramento region. If you'd like to seed it yourself, I recommend Larner Seeds in Bolinas as a source of California native wildflower seeds.  
Maintaining a meadow is not easy. Even if you've removed your lawn, it can take several more years to eliminate most of the weeds. In addition, new weed seeds can easily blow in, and among the plant, heavy seed producers like California poppy tend to take over in a few years.  
I'd recommend starting with a small patch while you learn what plants are going to work best for you. Good luck!
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