In a North State Garden Regional Resources

Botanic, Teaching and Open Gardens
National & State Garden Club Organizations
Regional Garden Clubs
Plant Societies
Master Gardener Programs
Independent Nurseries
Horticulture Libraries & Bookstores
Regional Gardening Publications
Other Regional Garden/Horticulture Websites of Note

 Botanic, Teaching and Open Gardens


Chico Creek Nature Center in Bidwell Park Chico, CA - BUTTE COUNTY
Alice B. Heckert Native Plant Garden by Mt. Lassen Chapter CNPS 1968 east 8th Street, Chico 530-891-4671

CSU Chico Arboretum Chico, CA - BUTTE COUNTY

CSU Chico George Petersen Rose Garden Chico, CA - BUTTE COUNTY

CSU Chico Mary Lemcke Camellia Garden Chico, CA - BUTTE COUNTY

Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens Dunsmuir, CA - SISKIYOU COUNTY

Floral Native Nursery Chico, CA - BUTTE COUNTY
2511 Floral Avenue Chico, CA (530) 892-2511
Good display beds of native California plants with very good signage and reliable maintenance schedule so you can see the what, the where and the how.

Gateway Science Museum Chico, CA - BUTTE COUNTY
Exploring the Natural History of the North State with native, ecoregions-based landscapes. 525 Esplanade Avenue Chico, CA (530) 898-4121

Geffray's Gardens/Creative Cacti and Succulents - BUTTE COUNTY
2790 Alamo Ave Chico, CA 95973 (530) 345-2849
Wonderful display cactus and succulent beds, hold Open Days several times a year, and by appt.

Genetic Resource and Conservation Center - Mendocino National Forest Chico, CA - BUTTE COUNTY
2451 Cramer Lane 9 - 5 Monday - Friday open to public. Trail guides available at park office.
The 209-acre Genetic Resource and Conservation Center was begun in 1917 as part of the U.S.D.A. Plant Introduction Station, the Center has been a site of advances in agriculture and tree improvement. Today, the Center is a key link in reforestation efforts.

McConnell Arboretum and Gardens at Turtle Bay Exploration Park Redding, CA - SHASTA COUNTY
840 Auditorium Drive, Redding, CA; tel: 800-877-8532.

Mt. Shasta Interpretive Garden: Highlighting Native Plants for Pollinators. Mt. Shasta , CA - SHASTA COUNTY
The new interpretive garden on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest features native plants for pollinators. Other highlights include food and cover for wildlife, fire dependent species, Northern California endemic plant species, and plants traditionally used by Native Americans in this area.

Sacramento River Discovery Center Garden Red Bluff, CA - TEHAMA COUNTY
1000 Sale Lane, Red Bluff, CA 96080 (530) 527-1196 | FAX (530) 527-1312

Shasta Community Teaching Garden Redding, CA - SHASTA COUNTY
1555 Old Oregon Trail • Redding, CA 96049-6006 • (530) 242-7500
Located on the campus of Shasta College, this pioneer teaching program is the effort of community volunteers and intends to serve the regional community as an exemplar of organic, regenerative and sustainable living, providing education toward improved understanding, both in theory and in practice, of the interrelatedness of all life— which by necessity will form the foundation for a truly sustainable future. Look for hands-on edible gardening classes, workshops and volunteer days!

Spring Fever Nursery Yankee Hill, CA - BUTTE COUNTY; Phone: 530-534-1556.
Extensive garden featuring interesting herbaceous perennials, tropicals, Australian plant selections, carnivorous plants, hellebores and drought tolerant plantings are open to the public several times throughout the year and by appt.

Tuscan Heights Lavender Gardens Whitmore, CA - SHASTA COUNTY
12757 Fern Road EAST Whitmore, CA 96096 (530) 472-3066
Extensive display gardens open seasonally to see many different named varieties of lavender with very good signage and reliable maintenance schedule so you can see the what, the where and the how.

Water Conservation Demonstration Garden Chico, CA - BUTTE COUNTY
Corner of 1st and Sheridan, Free and Open to the public year round.


UC Davis Arboretum Davis, CA

UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens Berkeley, CA

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum San Francisco, CA

Regional Parks Botanic Garden
Located within Tilden Park in the hills above Berkeley, California, a 10-acre garden native plant garden.

Ruth Bancroft Garden Walnut Creek, CA

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 National & State Garden Club Organizations

Garden Club of America

National Garden Club

Garden Conservancy

California Garden Club, Inc.

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 Regional Garden Clubs

Anderson Valley Garden Club - SHASTA COUNTY
President: Sue Anderson, Redding email: YAC: Anne Capes, Anderson, CA

Chico Horticulture Society - BUTTE COUNTY
President: Carol Juaregui,; Chico, CA
Meets 3rd Wednesday at 9:30 AM at Chico Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. Chico, CA 95926

ConCow Garden Club, Inc. - BUTTE COUNTY Monday, 7:00 PM Old Schoolhouse Next to pool, 11666 Concow Rd Concow, CA 95965 Focused on helping survivors with replanting and reforestation after 2008 Butte Lightning Complex fires. We are starting a two-acre garden to provide produce for our small community and food banks in our area who helped us in our time of need.

Cottonwood Garden Club - SHASTA COUNTY
President: LaSaine Ware, Cottonwood, CA YAC: Alice Spinks, Cottonwood, CA

Friendly Garden Club, Orland - GLENN COUNTY
President: Jo Wigdahl, Orland, CA email:

Garden Club of Colusa County - COLUSA COUNTY
President: Cynthia D. White, Colusa, CA email:

Lake California Garden Club - SHASTA COUNTY
President: Genevieve Leigh, Cottonwood, CA

Lake Shasta Garden Project - SHASTA COUNTY
President: Georgia Haddon, Shasta Lake, CA email:

Lewiston Garden Club - TRINITY COUNTY
President: Barbara Bailey, Weaverville, CA email:
YAC: Jenni Brookins, Weaverville, CA

Magalia Beautification Association - BUTTE COUNTY
President: Jill Wallace, Magalia, CA email: Established in 1997. We're a friendly crowd that meets monthly and engages in gardening-related projects in our little town, including a nice stretch of civic garden plots along the main thoroughfare, the Welcome to Magalia sign, and more. New members and visitors always welcome! The sole qualification is an interest in gardening, horticulture, civic art, and/or beautification in Magalia. We're a 501(c)3 organization and hold a big fund-raiser yard & plant sale each Spring. Much more info on our website! Drop by any scheduled meeting or contact us by e-mail.

Oroville Garden Club - BUTTE COUNTY
President: Joyce Rivera, Oroville, CA email:
Meets Thursday, 9:30 to 11:30am Trinity Presbyterian Social Hall Oroville, CA 95966

Paradise Garden Club, Inc - BUTTE COUNTY
President: Julie Jones, Paradise, CA Phone: 530-877-4242
Terry Ashe Recreation Center 6626 Skyway. Meetings are held 2nd Monday of each month at 1:00 with the exception of August when we are dark. Current and next year's President is Julie Jones 877-4242.

Redding Wonderland Garden Club - SHASTA COUNTY
President: Pat Malotte, Redding, CA email:

Sutter Buttes Garden Club - YUBA COUNTY
President: Kay Cockrell, Yuba City, CA Bev Foss 530-673-4565

Trinity Garden Club - TRINITY COUNTY
President: Rusty Lester, Weaverville, CA email:

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 Plant Societies


American Iris Society

American Rose Society

California Native Plant Society

California Invasive Pest Council

Herb Society of America

Mediterranean Garden Society of California

North American Rock Garden Society

Orchid Society of California


Butte Rose Society - BUTTE COUNTY
Meets last Thursday evening of every month at the Veterans Hall Rio Lindo Ave, Chico, CA

California Native Plant Society, Mt. Lassen Chapter - BUTTE COUNTY
P.O. Box 3212; Chico, CA 95927-3212. For more information you can call Jana Lathrop 530-893-2886

California Native Plant Society, Shasta Chapter - SHASTA COUNTY
President: Susan Libonati-Barnes 530-347-4654

Chico Bonsai Society - BUTTE COUNTY
Regular Meetings Held at Pleasant Valley Recreation Center 2320 North Ave, Chico CA
Contact Us: Membership: Pat Gilmore (530) 891-5466 or (530) 343-3447

Fantasy Violeteers African Violet Club - BUTTE COUNTY
Meets usually third Monday each month, 4-6 p.m. Redeemer Lutheran Church Chico CA
For anyone interested in African violets and especially for those living in the Butte, Glenn, and Tehama counties of Northern California. More info: Betty Garcia 14279 Sinclair Cir Magalia, CA 530-873-0310

Leo T Clark Iris Society Chico, CA - BUTTE COUNTY
For membership or meeting information contact: Claudia Owen, President 837 Miller Ave Chico, CA 95928 530-899-7784

North Valley Orchid Society Chico, CA - BUTTE COUNTY
Society tries to meet every other month for an evening meeting, and have tours or field trips in alternate months. For meeting and membership information, contact President Tricia Edelmann: 530-891-4224, or Dick and Donna Murrill: 530-343-8900,

Redding Bonsai Society - SHASTA COUNTY
For meeting and membership information: .

Shasta Rose Society - SHASTA COUNTY
The Society meets each month except for July, August and December. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at City of Redding Corporation Yard, 2055 Viking Way, Building 4, Room 401, Redding, California.

Shasta Koi and Pond - SHASTA COUNTY
Shasta Koi and Water Garden is a group of like-minded Koi and water garden enthusiasts. Our membership is made up of people living in Shasta, Tehama and Trinity counties. Info:

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 Master Gardener Programs

California Master Gardener Websites

Shasta College Master Gardener Program
Serving Shasta, Tehama and Trinity counties.

Butte County Master Gardener Program

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 Independent Nurseries

Antique Cottage and Garden - SHASTA COUNTY
3270 Cascade Boulevard Shasta Lake, CA 96019-2218 (530) 275-4451

Avant Garden - PLACER COUNTY
1085 High Street Auburn, Ca 95603; tel: 530-888-1510

Canyon Creek Nursery (By Appt Only) - BUTTE COUNTY
527 Dry Creek Rd Oroville, CA 95965-9113 - (530) 533-2166

Wholesale Growers of Quality California Native and Water Wise Plants - open to public on limited basis. call or email for notification of upcoming Public Days. (916) 689-1015;; 9811 Sheldon Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624

Creekside Gardens - SHASTA COUNTY
1960 Twin View Blvd. Redding, CA 96003 530-229-0765

Dairyville Nursery & Marketplace - TEHAMA COUNTY
12645 Hwy 99E Red Bluff, CA 96080 530-529-2546

Every Bloomin Thing - LASSEN COUNTY
705-670 Us Highway 395 E Susanville, CA 96130 530-251-2330

Floral Native Nursery - BUTTE COUNTY
Specializing in native California plants for home or commercial use. 2511 Floral Ave, Chico, CA 95973 530-892-2511

Lassen Canyon Nursery Inc, - LASSEN COUNTY
(strawberry plant growers for commercial and home gardeners)

Martin's Gardens - TEHAMA COUNTY
30 Solano St Corning, CA 96021-3435 (530) 824-2131

Magnolia Gift & Garden - BUTTE COUNTY
1367 East Ave Chico, CA 95926-7335; tel: 530 894-5410

McConnell Arboretum & Gardens Nursery - SHASTA COUNTY
840 Auditorium Drive, Redding, CA; tel: 800-877-8532

P.O. Box 9, 10805 N. Old Stage Road, Weed, CA 96094 (530) 938-4858

Milwood Florist & Nursery - LASSEN COUNTY
2020 Main St, Susanville - (530) 257-2515

Native Grounds Nursery - SISKIYOU COUNTY
1172 S Mount Shasta Blvd Mt Shasta, CA 96067-2723 (530) 926-0555

Northern Star Mills - BUTTE COUNTY
510 Esplanade Chico, CA 95926-3902 - (530) 342-7661.
Good old fashioned Feed & Grain with excellent organic farm and garden supplies.

Patey's Feed & Seed - LASSEN COUNTY
(nursery open May – October) 303 Main # B Chester, CA 96020(530) 258-4885

Plant Barn Nursery & Gifts - BUTTE COUNTY
406 Entler Avenue, Chico, CA 95928; tel: 530-345-3121

The Prickly Pear Garden Center - GLENN COUNTY
616 8th Street Orland, CA; 530-865-8430

Red Bluff Garden Center - TEHAMA COUNTY
766 Antelope Blvd Red Bluff, CA 96080-8834; tel: (530) 527-0886

Spring Fever Nursery - BUTTE COUNTY
(By Appt only) 5683 Wendy Way Yankee Hill, CA 95965 530-534-1556

Spring Hill Nursery & Garden - SISKIYOU COUNTY
1234 Nixon Rd, Mt Shasta - (530) 926-2565

TJ's Nursery & Gifts - BUTTE COUNTY
2107 Kennedy Avenue Chico, CA 95928; tel: 530-893-1815

Trinity Nursery - TRINITY COUNTY
885 Main Street Weaverville California 530.623.3225

Wild Thymes Gift & Garden - SHASTA COUNTY
1272 Oregon Street Redding, CA: tel: 530-247-0320

Wyntour Gardens - SHASTA COUNTY
8026 Airport Road Redding, CA; tel: 530-365-2256

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 Horticulture Libraries & Bookstores

Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts
2904 College Avenue Berkeley, CA; tel: 510-704-8222

Lyon Books
121 W. 5th Street Chico, CA 95928; tel: 530-891-3338

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 Regional Gardening Publications

Edible Shasta-Butte If you are not familiar with the edible communities publications, you will love edible Shasta-Butte and edible Sacramento and the farmers, growers and edible gardeners from our surrounding areas that these publications will introduce you to. Great photography, stories and connections to the food and drink of our home soils.

Valley Oak Magazine The publication born of the hard work and organizing energy of David Grau, the force behind the Chico Organic Gardening Class Series each winter and now the Chico Organic Gardening Society (see the Valley Oak Magazine website for information on joining - I did!). The magazine features wonderful articles, advice and photography on all manner of organic gardening and sustainable lifestyle issues. From the site: "Our mission is to gather and share information and resources pertaining to sustainability in the inland California valley bioregion. The magazine is named after the Valley Oak tree which is a unifying and constant feature of California’s inland valleys."

Edible Sacramento

Pacific Horticulture Pacific Horticulture is the publication of a non-profit horticultural advocacy foundation who do a great deal to advance the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of horticulture, gardening and botany all along the west coast. I read each issue cover-to-cover. It is intelligent, inspiring and uncluttered by a lot of gardening product advertisement, which I appreciate. The publication is celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2010.

The Garden Compass


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 Other Regional Garden/Horticulture Websites and Blogs of Note (or that I just like!)

Angela Pratt's Sacramento Gardening
Everything you want to know about gardening resources in the city of Sacramento.
A generalists blog on all things natural history "fossils, natural science and the outdoors" by Greg Liggett, former Director of the Gateway Science Museum on the campus of CSU, Chico. Read it - you'll learn stuff.

Butte School Garden Network
Connecting North Valley school & farming communities for a healthy & enriched learning environment. Join us as we integrate a "farm to school" connection; providing fresh local foods, and lessen packaged "heat and serve foods" to our school communities.

California Invasive Plant Council

Protecting California's wildlands through research, restoration and education.

Cal Flora
Information and an excellent photographic database on native California plants for conservation, education, and appreciation.

Chico Permaculture Guild
The Guild meets monthly to watch films, schedule and attend garden wheel events and workshops as well as engage in dialogue surrounding the cultivating of permanent culture in Chico and the Northern Sacramento Valley.

Farm City Celebration: Sowing Seeds of Understanding
An organization the mission of which is to increase understanding about the value of agriculture to the urban community and show its importance to all within Chico and the surrounding communities.

Garden History Girl
Not necessarily regional, but definitely of universal interest to gardeners who like a little esoterica, trivia and academia thrown into their garden reading/pondering. Interesting, quirky and cool.

A website advocating and supporting local businesses, artisans and events of all kinds in the Chico area.

GRUB Chico
GRUB is an emerging non-profit currently umbrella'd by Chico Food Network. We also operate a CSA (community supported agriculture) program, in existence since 2007. We want to minimize our ecological footprint. We intend to nourish our community with food and knowledge & deepen its connections.

California Backyard Orchard
A University of California Resource for Fruit and Nut Crops.

Las Pilitas Nursery
A California Native Plant Nursery with locations in Escondido and Santa Margarita, their website is a trove of native plant information.

Local Harvest
The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use this website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
The personal and witty garden and plant site/blog by Tom Fischer, the editor- in-chief at Timber Press in Portland. Tom is always an enjoyable and educational read.

River Partners
River Partners protects the environment by implementing large scale restoration along streams and rivers. We work on the major river systems of California's Central Valley.

Shasta Horticulture Resource Bulletin (SHRB)
A great resource for gardeners in Shasta County, including on-line calendar, links and weather info.

Slow Food Shasta Cascade
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic organization that supports a biodiverse, sustainable food supply, local producers, heritage foodways, and rediscovery of the pleasures of the table. Slow Food Shasta Cascade focuses on this mission in the North State as a whole.

Telos Rare Bulbs/The Bulb Maven
Specializing in bulbs from the western US, bulbs from South America, and bulbs from southern Africa.

Urban Bee Gardens
A wonderful website out of Berkeley, this is a "practical guide to introducing the world's most prolific pollinators into your garden." Did you know that the state of California has around 1600 different species of native bees? Wow.

Weddings North Valley
An extensive directory of wedding resources in northern California - including florists and gardens/farms at which to be married or hold your reception.

Monterey Bay Spice Company, Herb Gardening Guide
A good herb gardening guide, suggested to In a North State Garden by after school Teacher, Sarah Cromwell and her student, Danielle, in Colorado.

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