On Feb 20, 2012, jbreuner Orinda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
I have purchased seeds from Larner through the mail and at a local retail outlet because I wanted to grow California natives (that's all they sell). I have consistently found their quality and germination rate to be outstanding. They're not inexpensive, but their seed products are reliably excellent.
I've been ordering seeds (and buying off the rack and going to their open houses) at Larner for the last three years. We've used her seeds to plant three landscapes in the San Francisco East Bay area. We are wonderfully happy with the outcomes. She carries some rare and unusual seeds and cautions people to never plant "outside" seeds like hers anywhere native stands might be hybridized. The staff is helpful and has taken the time to answer 1001 questions I've had during the planning and planting of our native meadows. The catalog lists a number of pamphlets that are *essential* to starting California natives (including seed starting and collecting seed). We will continue to buy Larner seeds in any situation where we want California natives.