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Byron Cox and Jo O’Connell of Australian Native Plants nursery.

Last fall the Thomas fire devastated Ventura County including the home of Jo O’Connell and Brian Cox, owners of Australian Native Plants nursery in Casitas Springs, California. Jo and Brian are long time Pacific Horticulture members.

We heard from Jo in a recent email,

“‘Thomas the Terrible’ burned down my house, my seed bank, my reference library and (my) collection of Australian artifacts and botanical prints.

The very good news is that most of the plants in my nursery survived.”

Jo went on to describe the outpouring of support they’ve received from friends, customers, and even strangers who have shown up to help put the nursery back to rights again. Horticulturists have donated seeds, plants, and books as well. A GoFundMe campaign began by friends exceeded its financial goal and is being put to good use to navigate clean up, insurance, and rebuilding efforts.

Gardeners lend a hand; it’s what we do.

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