Ask About Our Free Delivery & Potting Services

Ask About Our Free Delivery & Potting Services

Nursery News & Events

Christmas Trees

  Christmas trees are here . We have a beautiful selection of Noble firs from two foot table tops up to twelve feet tall. We

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Our Garden Center

Need shade or privacy? We’ll show you great plant and tree options to accomplish your landscaping goals. Click here to see more.

The Gift Shop

Unique, fun, one of a kind gifts for presents to your friends, loved ones and yourself! Click here to see more.


Professional Garden Consultations

Schedule a time with one of our staff to come to your home and help you plan your new garden. Click here for details!

About Us & Our History

Sarah and Dan McDonnell of McDonnell Nursery
Sarah and Dan McDonnell of McDonnell Nursery

We have established a very strong relationship with trusted growers and suppliers throughout California and the West Coast. Such a relationship is reflected in the variety and exceptional quality of plants we offer. McDonnell Nursery carries both common and uncommon trees and shrubs and throughout the year we supply the most popular seasonal flowers.

With over 70 years of gardening experience and superior customer service, McDonnell Nursery is your resource for Everything For The Garden.

We are a unique nursery and garden center nestled in the beautiful Orinda Valley.

A family-run operation, passionate about gardening and dedicated to customer service, McDonnell Nursery has had the pleasure of serving our East Bay friends and neighbors since 1933.

At McDonnell Nursery you will find a friendly and knowledgeable staff, prepared to address your every gardening need. Whether your are looking for annual flowers or interested in more permanent trees and shrubs, McDonnell Nursery’s experienced staff is here to personally help you with your selection.

A magazine ad for McDonnell Nursery in February 1970. Published in the Mid-Week Sunday Times.

Questions & Answers

Here are some of the most common questions we're asked.

Yes, we do. Delivery is free to the Orinda and Moraga area when your purchase is over $50. There is a $5 charge if under that amount. For Lafayette and Piedmont delivery is free for purchases over $65, or a $7 delivery charge if less. We also deliver to most of the East Bay for a reasonable fee.
Yes, we do. We can pot up your purchased plants into your desired container. We also provide services to plant at your home for very small scale projects (one or two plants). Ask us about the details and associated fees for this service.
No, we do not send anything in the mail, UPS, Fedex, etc.
Yes, every plant needs water, it just can vary quite a bit from plant to plant. Even if you are looking for drought-tolerant and low-water use plants, they need regular watering to get established. Ask us about the specific needs for the plant you are purchasing.

No, we are not a florist. We have a lot of other options if you are looking for a gift.