About Us

The Natural Gardener is your one-stop-shop for all of your gardening needs!

Visit our nursery!
We have an extensive plant nursery that includes seasonal veggies and herbs, annual color, perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, xeric offerings, and more!  Don’t forget to visit our Tropical House to see exotic houseplants and rare succulents and cacti.  We carry many native plants for anywhere in the landscape, along with other interesting and striking, well adapted varieties.

Outdoor living
Peruse our selection of high-quality pottery.  From colorful glazed finishes, to concrete pots, to basic terracotta, we’ve got the piece that speaks to you, available in all sizes, shapes.  Also check out our other outdoor decor — birdbaths, fountains, benches, wind chimes, kinetic garden stakes, furniture to give your outdoor areas a personal, comfortable feel.

Inside the store
Our store carries a range of quality tools (including some for children), watering equipment, Submatic drip irrigation systems & parts, hats, gloves, bird feeders & supplies, products for pest control, and amendments to improve soil and feed your garden. We offer many gift items such as wind chimes, garden art, terrariums, rain chains, fairy garden supplies, and much more!

We offer the best varieties of organic and non-treated vegetable & herb seeds, including heirloom varieties, flower seeds, native grass seeds, wildflower seeds, and bulk seed for seasonal cover crops.

Large bagged goods
We offer high quality natural and organic composts, mulches, potting soils and garden soil, as well as other amendments such as cactus mix, river rock, decomposed granite, fertilizers, and more.  See our Bagged Product List.

How we began...

In 1992, the state of Texas announced it was finally time to begin widening Highway 290 through the little community of Oak Hill, and John Dromgoole found himself faced with a dilemma. He’d been operating his organic gardening business out of the beautiful and historic Patton Building but now the fate of the old building—and the whole community of Oak Hill—was in limbo. A couple of things were certain: the business had all but outgrown the old place, and road work in front of the store wouldn’t be good for future business.

One afternoon, while driving through a rural area a few miles southwest of the old Patton store, John noticed a neglected farmstead for sale. The old farmhouse had a good amount of land around it and John immediately began envisioning possibilities for growing his business there. He talked it over with his wife, Jane, and it wasn’t long before they’d decided to take the leap; they bought the land, and in August of 1993, they opened the doors of their new store.

Today, The Natural Gardener is a world-class gardening destination known for its pioneering work in organic gardening and sustainable living. Come wander through eight acres of rustic Hill Country beauty. Shop for plants in our world-class nursery. Take a leisurely stroll through the butterfly garden. Wander the old farmhouse store. Venture out to the test gardens to study new plants and organic gardening techniques. Walk the labyrinth. Visit with the goats and chickens. Attend a free class in the Revival Tent. Enjoy a picnic in the herb garden. There are so many fun things to do while you’re here. We want you to make yourself at home.