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Las Pilitas was started in San Luis Obispo in 1974 and moved to the Santa Margarita site in 1978. The nursery has an overall foot print of about nine acres with a demonstration garden around the nursery. (See our garden pages.) The garden has deep shade under mature 200 year old oak trees, a desert section, and lots of mature Ceanothus and Manzanitas.
You're welcome to wander out any Friday or Saturday to explore the garden and buy native plants. We carry enough stock to plant out 20 acres of landscaping at any one time. Most people can fit enough plants to plant out their front landscape in their minivan/suburban/pickup.
We have lots of wildlife! Customers regularly see large coveys of California Quail ( including babies in spring) foraging in our demonstration garden, huge Western Whiptail lizards hunting in the pots, and California Dog-faced butterflies sipping nectar from the abundance of flowers. Occasionally customers have seen our resident bear!Our last frost is usually in late May, our first frost frost os usually in early October.
Most of the pictures on this web site were taken in this nursery!For more, try typing in your question into the search box.