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.

The James H. Ackerman Native Plant Nursery is located at Middle Ranch and is open Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For visitors, the easiest way to visit the Nursery is on a Conservancy Eco Tour. For plants from the Ackerman Native Plant Nursery, check Chet’s Hardware or the Trailhead in Avalon. For commercial orders please contact Roya Miller at
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.

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