Welcome to Hidden Forest Nursery!
(Photo of Mike goes here)
After searching for years for the right nursery in just the right location, I was struck by magic at Sonoma Horticultural Nursery. If you’ve been here, you know what I mean. If you haven’t visited yet, imagine strolling through an enchanted forest, filled with rare trees, blooming plants, and birdsong.
I’m Mike Boss, the new owner of this magical forest nursery. We are a team of horticulturalists and plant enthusiasts devoted to the art and science of growing plants. We also are innovating new programs in edible plants, forest farming, and permaculture. Come by and visit sometime. I look forward to meeting you in person!
Meet the team
The name has changed, but the faces remain the same. Continuing the Sonoma Horticulture legacy, Armando (pictured above) and Salvadore have been stewarding the nursery program for the past 30+ years. Both men planted most of the trees that gradually rose up into this magical forest. They know every square foot of this wonderful place.
In 1964, Stewart and Audrey Barber created what was known as the Azalea Farm, growing and hybridizing Exbury Azaleas. When Polo de Lorenzo and Warren Smith purchased the nursery in 1976, it consisted of the gardens by the house and the nursery area. At the time, the rest of the property was overgrown with blackberry and weeds. Over the years, the weeds were cleared away and the rest of the acreage planted to become the forest garden that exists today.
In 2016, after 50 dedicated years, Polo was ready to pass the “magic wand” to someone with a vision as big as his seven-acre forest nursery.
When Mike heard that the nursery was for sale, he devoted himself to fulfilling his life-long dream of running a specialty nursery, and, to fans’ and locals’ delight, wrestled it away from a real estate developer. He changed the name to “Hidden Forest Nursery” because that is exactly what it is: a nursery in a forest that is off the beaten path, hidden at the end of a little lane in the Hessel Area of Sebastopol.
There are now seven and a half acres of gardens and nursery with more than one and a half miles of pathways to explore and enjoy them. You can read more about Sonoma Hort on its website, which we are maintaining for archival purposes as we transition its contents and resources over here.