How Jonny Native Seed started...
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How Jonny Native Seed started...

I have experience collecting native seeds as my wife, Flip, and I owned Sevenoaks Native Nursery for over 13 years. We grew plants in raised sandbeds with the motto “Roots to Grow on!”  


Sevenoaks as a business grew into a much bigger operation than we ever expected and we were starting to get worn out. We sold the nursery business to one of our employees and a buddy of his in January of 2006. At that time we were growing 125+ species of bareroot and containerized native plants on over 10 acres. 


Collecting seeds was my favorite part of running a nursery. When we began to consider selling the nursery, I pondered what to do next. Once selling native seeds began to emerge as a possibility, other considerations faded away.


With Jonny Native Seed, I am able to keep in contact with friends and associates made from the nursery and make new ones as well. I spend plenty of time outdoors and continue discovering new things about plants and their connections with the environment around them. It is satisfying knowing many of the plants grown from the collected seeds are used for restoration plantings and habitat enhancement.  


Care for the environment and God’s good creation matter to me. I grew up on an organic date farm and worked many years as a wilderness ranger in the San Jacinto Mountains of southern California. In the early 1980’s and early 1990’s my wife, three daughters and I lived in Haiti four+ years doing volunteer work.  


We still visit Haiti and are involved there and around the world helping introduce clean burning, fuel efficient wood burning cook stoves. To learn more of the stove efforts go to


When I am collecting at a site there are often invasive plants competing and encroaching on the natives. It is my practice to take time to either pull out the invasives or severely prune them back. I also make it a practice to leave enough of the seeds being collected for the plants to continue with a viable population on the site.


I look forward to being able to help you with your native seed needs.  


Take care, 

Jon Anderson