About Us

One location. All your gardening needs.


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 are also renowned for our commitment to Texas native plants and recognize their positive ecological impact as food sources and habitat restoration for native wildlife/fauna.  Come browse our broad selection of natives and well-adapted varieties that will weather the Texas landscape.


Peruse our selections of high-quality pottery with colorful glazed finishes, fiberclay containers, old-world natural clay vessels, and classic terracotta.  We’ve got the piece that speaks to you.  Also be sure to check out our outdoor décor – birdbaths, fountains, statuary, and garden art to personalize your retreat.  Don’t forget your rain barrel or composter!  As stewards of the Earth, we encourage one’s best efforts at reuse and sustainability.


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.


We offer high quality natural and organic composts, mulches, potting soils, and garden soils for all purposes.  We also carry bagged river rocks, granites, and more for your convenience.

The Natural Gardener in the early 90s.
The Natural Gardener today!

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. The Natural Gardener is a destination for all ages and walks of life.  We encourage you to visit and share in our love for the earth.  See you soon, gardening friend!