Native Plant Nursery and Seed Bank

Native Plant Nursery

The MDLT Native Plant Nursery supports conservation through the propagation of native plant species for restoration throughout the Mojave Desert region. Our facilities include an 1,800-square foot greenhouse, a 6,000-square foot shade house, and 1,500-square foot of growing area for seed bulking.

MDLT Nursery
MDLT Nursery 2

The nursery is located off Hwy 62 in Joshua Tree, CA, at an elevation of 3,036 feet. The climate and soil conditions at our site allow us to grow a variety of desert plants for contracts, common garden studies, and seed bulking of species.


We can grow plant material for projects according to contract specifications. Services include site-specific seed collection, seed bulking, and contract growing of container plants.

For inquiries, contact Madena Asbell:


MDLT holds two community plant sales a year, in the spring and fall. You can find information about upcoming plant sales on our Event page.

Our nursery is not open to the public, but MDLT-grown native plants can be purchased year-round at The Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley.

MDLT Retail Nursery
MDLT Retail Nursery


The MDLT Native Plant Nursery is located on the former site of the former Hanna’s Nursery Gardens & Landscaping. During the 1980’s and 90’s, the nursery was owned and operated by Chuck Hanna, who offered native and ornamental plants and landscaping services to the local community.

In 2015, MDLT purchased the property, which included the office building on 29 Palms Hwy and the 2.5-acre nursery facility behind it. MDLT restored the nursery to working order and began growing native plants in early 2016.


Conservation Seed Bank

MDLT Seed BankMDLT’s Seed Bank is a repository of seeds of native flora from MDLT-owned properties located throughout the Mojave Desert. Seeds are collected, documented, and cleaned by trained staff and volunteers. Priority is given to species with high value for restoration, forage plants for endangered wildlife, and rare, threatened, and endangered plant species.

The primary function of MDLT’s Seed Bank is to serve as an ex-situ conservation tool for use in restoration, education, and research in the Mojave Desert region.



Volunteers help with native plant seed-gathering excursions on MDLT properties, and seed cleaning in the seed lab. The seeds are collected and stored in our conservation seed bank.  Members of this team may also be trained to help with basic plant propagation, irrigation, maintenance, and other horticultural tasks as needed. To get involved click here.