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Click here to view a list of currently available plants from the Ackerman Native Plant Nursery.

The Catalina Island Conservancy established the native plant nursery and seed conservation facility at Middle Ranch to provide plant and seed material for its revegetation needs on Santa Catalina Island.  The nursery grows over 85 species as container stock and houses over 2,000 seed collections (accessions) representing 243 species.  Plant projects are varied and include rare plant conservation, habitat restoration, erosion control, and native landscaping.

Mr. James H. Ackerman was a major supporter of the Nursery as a Conservancy Benefactor and also served on the Conservancy's Board of Directors.  The Ackerman family continues to support the Nursery.
Driveway into the James H. Ackerman Native Plant Nursery at Middle Ranch

Volunteering at Ackerman
Every Thursday Volunteers meet at the Conservancy House to carpool out to the Native Plant Nursery. 

Volunteering at the Nursery

You can volunteer at the nursery and assist with propagation, outplanting, and maintenance in the Island's interior.  Learn More about opportunities for you and your family.

Native plants for Catalina Island Gardens
The Ackerman Nursery is equipped to provide a wide selection of Catalina Island native plants for landscaping, demonstration gardens, botanical collections, and research.  Plants are produced following strict protocols to avoid negative impacts to native plant populations and to represent the unique biodiversity of the Island.

Inquire about contract growing and ecological restoration services provided by Conservancy staff.

Request Plants from the Nursery
Requests for plants or seeds for off-Island use may be granted for scientific or educational purposes or as collections of accredited botanic gardens.  Please complete the request form (PDF) and return to the Nursery Supervisor.

For current availability, please call (310) 510-1299 ext. 236 or email us at the Nursery.

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