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Native Plant Program

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Borderlands Nursery & Seed

Borderlands Nursery & Seed, the Native Plant Program of BRN, works to promote and protect biodiversity and ecosystems in the Sky Islands by providing restoration-quality native plant materials. The program was founded in 2012 by a group of restoration practitioners who identified and responded to the need for locally produced native plants to support habitat restoration activities. 

The program now encompasses the organic production of over 100,000 native plants a year and houses a regional seed center with over 2,000 collections of native seed for restoration projects, by contract, and for the general public.  

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We provide a large selection of organically grown, chemical-free native trees, shrubs, grasses, succulents, and forbs for home, large-scale restoration, and contract services.


We provide seed collection services of ethically collected wild or farmed native seed including cleaning and curating.

An agave field located just outside of T

Mezcal + Bats
By: National Geographic

As consumption of the drink hits record levels in the U.S., wild agave plants are dwindling—but conservationists say there's a solution.

Lesser long-nosed bats were already in trouble due to habitat loss, but thanks to determined conservation efforts made it off the U.S. Endangered Species List in 2018—the first bat species ever to do so. Down to about a thousand animals in the 1980s, the species had bounced back to around 200,000 throughout Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.

Yet the continued boom in mezcal, coupled with climate change—which makes agaves flower earlier, before the bats arrive during their migration—could reverse these gains, conservationists warn. 

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We could easily spend five or six hours discussing Francesca’s various conservation projects, but for this hour-long conversation, we zoned in one particularly innovative project that spans the US/Mexico border called "Bacanora for Bats: Binational Conservation and Sustainable Agave Spirits."

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Shop the nursery through the growing season during our annual spring, monsoon, and fall plant sale events, on select Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9AM - noon, or by appointment.

Or, check out our pre-order delivery events to borderlands communities including Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Tucson, Tubac, and others!

Shop online for pick-up at the nursery. We ship seed, but we do NOT ship container plants.

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Join us at the nursery to help propagate plants or stop by the seed lab to help clean native seed. Our dedicated volunteers have provided thousands of hours of volunteer time helping restore the borderlands.


Valer Clark, Carroll Petrie Foundation 

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