Golden Valley Botanicals

Golden Valley Botanicals

Mail Order Nursery | Rare and Drought Tolerant Plants | Seeds | Botanical Photography & Design

Welcome To My Website

“I believe that if one fathoms deeply one’s own neighborhood and the everyday world in which he lives, the greatest of worlds will be revealed.”
– Masanobu Fukuoka

Gardens have amazing potential to help cool or warm your home, provide privacy, sanctuary, beauty, medicine, and abundance to your kitchen. They can support wildlife, pollinators, and diversity within the landscape. They are an extension of our homes and a way to connect our minds and bodies to the daily experience of living.

There are all sorts of factors that can dictate which plants will thrive, such as the seasonal path of the sun, temperature highs and lows, prevailing winds, quality of soil, and the availability of water to name a few. What are the advantages and challenges of your climate? Are you contending with sand, clay, caliche, desert heat, foggy coastal conditions, deer, gophers, rabbits, or insects chewing up your plants? Perhaps you require more privacy from a busy street or effective erosion control. What will the space look like in five years? In ten? In twenty?

By investing time into observation, research, and trial and error, we can select plants that complement the inherent nature of the spaces we are cultivating as well as meet our needs. Gardening is a labor of love. Much like caring for ourselves, gardens respond to consistent, small actions implemented over time that mimic the natural rhythms of nature as much as possible. In a world where freshwater resources are dwindling and deserts are expanding, it is more important than ever that farmers and backyard gardeners embrace soil regeneration, value ecological diversity, employ water harvesting methods, and grow arid-adapted plants.

About Golden Valley Botanicals

“My ultimate dream is to sow seeds in the desert. To revegetate the deserts is to sow seed in people’s hearts.”
-Masanobu Fukuoka

Our Mission here at Golden Valley Botanicals is to provide healthy, quality plants to water-conscious gardeners across the country.

We cultivate a small homestead in the rural Mohave Desert in Arizona (USDA Zone 9a, Hualapai land) where we deal with hard freezes in the Winter and scorching Summer temperatures upwards of 115°F (46°C). This land has provided us the opportunity to green the desert landscape through sustainable and regenerative gardening practices and become intimate with the desert garden plant palette and ecosystem. This challenging environment has equipped us with the expertise to select and cultivate plants that are uniquely adapted to extreme arid conditions.

Our secondary location in Casitas Springs, California, offers a contrasting climate that is arid but more temperate, allowing us to expand our selection of native plant species. The California site benefits from a coastal influence, which moderates temperatures and provides a unique microclimate ideal for a broader range of drought-tolerant plants. This diversity in growing conditions enables us to offer a wider variety of plants to our customers, enhancing our ability to cater to a broader range of water-wise gardening needs.

By providing seeds and plants that have adapted to arid climates, we hope to help backyard gardeners grow water-wise gardens that are not only aesthetically beautiful but help to cool the Earth, sequester carbon, provide an oasis to pollinators and wildlife, and deepen our connection to nature. Follow our Blog to learn more!

We humbly acknowledge that our plant nurseries thrive on the ancestral land of both the Hualapai Tribe (The People of the Tall Pines), and the Chumash Tribe (Bead Maker/ Seashell People).

Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow)

Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow)

About Golden Valley Botanicals

Chilopsis_linearis_(Desert Willow)

Our Mission here at Golden Valley Botanicals is to provide healthy, quality plants to water-conscious gardeners across the country.

We cultivate a small homestead in the rural Mohave Desert in Arizona (USDA Zone 9a, Hualapai land) where we deal with hard freezes in the Winter and scorching Summer temperatures upwards of 115°F (46°C). This land has provided us the opportunity to green the desert landscape through sustainable and regenerative gardening practices and become intimate with the desert garden plant palette and ecosystem. This challenging environment has equipped us with the expertise to select and cultivate plants that are uniquely adapted to extreme arid conditions.

Our secondary location in Casitas Springs, California, offers a contrasting climate that is arid but more temperate, allowing us to expand our selection of native plant species. The California site benefits from a coastal influence, which moderates temperatures and provides a unique microclimate ideal for a broader range of drought-tolerant plants. This diversity in growing conditions enables us to offer a wider variety of plants to our customers, enhancing our ability to cater to a broader range of water-wise gardening needs.

By providing seeds and plants that have adapted to arid climates, we hope to help backyard gardeners grow water-wise gardens that are not only aesthetically beautiful but help to cool the Earth, sequester carbon, provide an oasis to pollinators and wildlife, and deepen our connection to nature. Follow our Blog to learn more!

We humbly acknowledge that our plant nurseries thrive on the ancestral land of both the Hualapai Tribe (The People of the Tall Pines), and the Chumash Tribe (Bead Maker/ Seashell People).

Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow)

Jessica With Flower

A beautiful narrow-leaved Queensland Bottle Tree, Brachychiton rupestris.

About Jessica Friedland

My name is Jessica and I am the owner/operator of Golden Valley Botanicals. Growing and learning about plants is a lifelong passion. I have been lucky enough to learn from a variety of amazing and inspiring small business owners, botanists, farmers, and horticulturists, as well as from many years of trial and error in my own gardens in all sorts of different climate zones. Golden Valley Botanicals is the sum of these experiences. Feel free to contact me with any questions, botanical photography or design inquiries, or interesting facts you might want to share, I am always happy to discuss plants!
Jessica With Flower

About Simeon Villalobos 

Golden Valley Botanicals has continued to grow and flourish in large part because of the hard work and dedication of my partner Simeon, the man behind the scenes who keeps everything on the property running smoothly, working tirelessly on everything from weed management and building winter greenhouses to managing our flock of ducks and helping water the plants during the scorching Mohave desert summers.

Jessica With Flower

About the Composting Crew

Our sweet flock of ducks not only helps us to manage our pests and weeds, but they also help create quality compost and fertilize the trial gardens. They also serve as my morning alarm clock, making sure I am out in the garden bright and early to start the day!