Learn about Milkweed
Exotic Milkweed (A. curassavica) and the Spread of Disease in Monarchs
Why NOT to Rear Monarchs or Queens
The Back to Natives Nursery at Santiago Park in Santa Ana grows locally native plants for sale to the public, contractors, and for habitat restoration. Proceeds from sales at our Nursery support our environmental education and habitat restoration programs.
When you Visit:
- Please leave your dogs or other pets at home, we are connected to the Santa Ana Police Canine Training Facility, and we are growing plants for habitat restoration. Your dog could compromise Police training and our habitat restoration efforts.
- Wear sturdy shoes: we require a sanitizing shoe bath for all visitors who enter the premises (everyone must step into a tray filled with a shallow layer of sanitizing solution at the gate). Click HERE to learn more.
- Be sure to obtain directions – we aren’t easy to find! See below…
YES we are growing (but not selling yet) locally native milkweed! Southern California Native Milkweed does go dormant from around the end of November to around the end of February/March (as it should!).
Fall Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to 3PM! See you soon!
Please email us to inquire about plant availability. We do not have an inventory. But if you have a list, we can try to see if we have them, when we are open on the weekend. Or you can come by and check out for yourself what we have! 😀
Please scroll down for directions. If the gate is closed or locked, we may have run to the restroom at the Nature Center! Please be patient, we should be right back 😀 However we always suggest to call before making the trip out!
The Back to Natives Nursery in Santiago Park features a 36’x36’ greenhouse and two large shade structures covering 4000 square feet of growing space where interns and volunteers learn to propagate plants for habitat restoration and to raise funds for environmental education programs.
The nursery is also open for educational programs and volunteer events, or by appointment. Always a good idea to call 949-509-4787 before swinging by. Nursery questions? btnNurserySantiago@backtonatives.org
Directions: PLEASE obtain directions before getting in your car! If you use your GPS and go to this address, you WILL get lost! If the gate is closed or locked, we may have run to the restroom at the Nature Center! Please be patient, we should be right back 😀 However we always suggest to call before making the trip out! We do apologize, but the Office Phone had been lost for the past couple of weeks. We have it now and are returning calls!
This is the closest address to the nursery:
600 E Memory Lane
Santa Ana Ca, 92705
The Google links are more precise. https://goo.gl/maps/rdjIC
Google Link (from the 5 fwy): https://goo.gl/maps/9MIzC
Google Link (from the 22 fwy): https://goo.gl/maps/M0Shb
Parking: After you turn in at the Santiago Nature Reserve Sign, drive past the Nature Center and park. Carpooling is recommended. Parking is extremely limited. Here is a map.
Where to meet us:
1. Walk east down the road, away from the street and the Nature Center, past two metal slides on a steep hill.
2. Turn left at the gate just before the railroad bridge. If you make it to the Archery field you have gone too far!
This is the gate:
Up the path and into Native Plant Paradise!
No donation is too small, and any support that you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Donate to the Back to Natives’ Nursery at Santiago Park.
For volunteer opportunities,click HERE.
Thank you to these Donors for helping the
BTN Greenhouse become a reality!
The Hoffman/Jastermsky Family
Sarah B Jayne
City of Santa
Ana, Parks & Recreation Department
Mothers Market & Kitchen, Santa Ana
BTN is a California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation and is a Non Profit Public Charity under section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to BTN are deductible under section 170 of the IR Code as of February 13, 2007. We are qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the IR Code.