Las Pilitas Nursery

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Santa Margarita, CA 93453

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This website is dedicated to Bert Wilson. His genius continues to inspire us.

In Memory of Bert Wilson

Our family’s beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor Bert Wilson has passed away suddenly. This website and the nursery were both his labor of love. Our time with him was filled with love, jokes, excitement, learning and lots and lots of California native plants. Although he is gone we can still hear his voice on his videos, read his writings on our website and see his genius in his cultivars. Both our nurseries and our online shop will continue to be open for business as we press on with his legacy while innovating as he always had.

Update 2: Bert's Memorial Open House in Santa Margarita will be May 24 and in Escondido will be June 8th.

We will be having an open house at both nurseries in May if you would like to share your stories of him, talk native plants or buy native plants. We will announce a specific date soon.

Check back as we share our memories and others’ memories of him.

Please email any stories you have of Bert Wilson to his son and website operator at so that we can share them on this blog or later on separate pages. Or email/comment to us any bertisms you find on our website, like “Don’t treat natives like broccoli”.

- Celeste, Penny, Ian and Valerie

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