San Elijo Native Plant Nursery

Nursery Supporters Helped Cut the Ribbon at the Unveiling Ceremony October 21, 2015


San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy has established a native plant nursery. This low-impact work area is located near the Santa Inez trailhead. (download map).

The San Elijo Native Plant Nursery is a workspace for propagating plants uniquely native to San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Establishing a local native plant nursery benefits the reserve and community:

  • Engage the Community – The nursery is a portal to engage the public in the art and science of horticulture. By interacting, students and volunteers can further increase their appreciation of natural areas and land stewardship.

  • Preserve Genetic Integrity – The interbreeding of cultivated varieties with wild varieties of the same species can lead to loss of genetic integrity, altering what is unique about this reserve. This is a concern with special-status plant species. We source plant material as locally as possible. Without a nursery, we would depend on outside resources.
  • Increase Survivorship – An onsite nursery increases restoration success and survivorship of the plantings, as these plants are adapted to microclimates and growing conditions in the reserve.
  • Plant Appropriate Species – The majority of plants native to the reserve are not commercially available. Having our own nursery allows staff to use locally important species in the restoration of the lagoon.
  • Reduce our Carbon Footprint – Collecting and propagating plants increases our sustainability and lowers costs. Savings will enable the revegetation of more acreage and continued enhancement of wildland habitat.



Establishing a native plant nursery carries the agricultural legacy of this coastal community toward a sustainable future.


    Workshops and planting events connect citizens in our care for nursery plants. 
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    Become a member of the conservancy.
    Learn more in the Guide to Plants of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.


Joe DeWolf, Community Restoration Program Specialist
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
(760) 436-3944 x 709
joe [at] sanelijo [dot] org