|Book a Jeep® Eco Tourtoday and visit this unique native plant nursery in the remote interior of the Island. If you are interested in contributing to the nursery, the source of native plant stock used to restore Catalina's wildlands, click here.
In the late 1980s, the Catalina Island Conservancy established a native plant nursery at Middle Ranch to provide plant and seed material for its revegetation needs on Santa Catalina Island. Plants are grown from seed or cutting material collected from plants growing in the wild on the Island. Plant restoration goals are varied and may include rare plant conservation, erosion control, and habitat restoration. More recently, native plants are being produced to meet the native plant landscaping needs of the Conservancy and its Island partners and residents.
Mr. James H. Ackerman, was a major supporter of the Nursery from its inception. He was a Conservancy Benefactor and also served on the Conservancy's Board of Directors.
The Ackerman family continues to be strong supporters of the James. H. Ackerman Nursery and enjoys an annual luncheon at the nursery picnic area.
You can volunteer at the nursery and assist with plant monitoring and restoration. Click here to learn more about opportunities for you and your family.
Native plants for Catalina Island gardens,landscaping and restoration projects
The James H. Ackerman Nursery is equipped to provide a wide selection of Catalina Island native Plants for restoration and landscaping uses. All of the plants at the nursery are grown from locally sourced seed and vegetative propagules collected from strategic locations throughout the Island. Utmost care is taken when collecting seed and plant material to ensure minimal impact to native plant populations and to represent the unique genotypes and biodiversity of the Island.
The Conservancy enthusiastically provides native plants for Island projects on a contract basis, and will gladly work with clients to select species appropriate to their location. Additionally, a selection of landscape-ready plants are available for pick-up or delivery throughout the year.
Request plants from the nursery
Requests for plants or seeds for off-Island use may be granted for scientific or educational purposes. Please complete the request form (PDF) and return to us.
For current availability, please call (310) 510-1299 ext. 425 or email us at the Nursery.