713.861.5702

611 E 11th Street Houston, TX 77008

Open Everyday 9 am - 6 pm

Houston’s largest garden center devoted to Texas native plants and organic gardening.

About Us

Buchanan’s Native Plants has been serving Houston gardeners since 1986.  Located in the Historic Houston Heights, the garden center is dedicated to native plants and organic gardening.  You will find the best selections of hardy natives as well as perennials, herbs, vegetables, trees, shrubs & roses — all suited to the Houston climate.

Your gardening success is our top priority!  Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you choose the best plants and organic gardening supplies for your Houston landscape needs.  Whether you need organic gardening information or want to know about our job opportunities, just ask our staff.  Here’s a link to Buchanan’s employment page if you’d like to know more.


Donna Buchanan

Donna Buchanan

The Owner & Founder of Buchanan’s, Donna knew in 1986 that there should be an easier way to find Texas native plants and organic gardening supplies in Houston and so created Buchanan’s Native Plants.  Donna is a Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional (TMCNP) with the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association, and currently serves on the Board of Directors.  Catch Donna with her dog, Polly, strolling the nursery in the evenings.  What a cute couple!


Francine

Francine is the Garden Center Manager. She graduated from LSU with a bachelors degree in accounting and in English.  Her background has been in restaurant and retail management.  She loves plants and gardening and everything that goes with it.  During her spare time she supports locally owned businesses and volunteers in various organizations.  Francine moves faster than the speed of light– probably because she eats a breakfast fit for Hercules!


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Zach

Zach is the Operations Manager and Sales Area Leader of Plant Care.  He is “in the family” and has worked at the nursery pretty much his whole life.  He studied Art History at the University of Houston and was raised in the Heights.  Some fun facts about Zach?  He owns over 2,000 vinyl records, loves reading comic books and he occasionally brews his own beer!  You wouldn’t know it just by looking at him, now would ya?


Jamie

Jamie

Jamie is the “Roots” Team Leader.  She is a Texas Certified Nursery Professional TCNP, with an M.L. A. in Landscape Architecture.  She also has a degree in studio arts with an emphasis on clay.  Ask her just about anything and she’ll probably know the answer.  Jamie’s 16-year-old dog, Crouton can vouch for Jamie when she says she’s never met a plant or a dog she didn’t like… but everybody around here knows that Jamie loves gerbera daisies best of all– she even has them growing on her car!


Bonnie

Bonnie

Bonnie is the “Non-Roots” Team Leader, managing pottery, outdoor living, operations and a lot of other stuff, too. A versatile member of the staff, she’s an all-around helpful person!  Bonnie is an adventurer.  Ask her for stories while she takes you on a drive in her old Camaro.


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Chuck

Chuck is our new Bungalow Manager, and boy has he brightened up the place– literally! Come visit Chuck’s masterpiece creation of freshly painted walls, organized fixtures and the re-imagined orchid/gift wrap room. With experience at Kohl’s, Dillards, Disney and even Ace Hardware, Chuck brings a new flavor to the Bungalow that you just have to see for yourself! Although this soon-to-be grandad feels more comfortable in California weather (who doesn’t?!), Chuck absolutely loves Mexican food and feels right at home in Houston. He can’t wait to assist you in the Bungalow!


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Heather

Heather works behind the scenes as marketing director and office manager. She is also “in the family”.  If you’re lucky, you will find Heather and her sweet baby girl, Ella– the official granddaughter of Buchanan’s– walking around the nursery.  Make sure to stop and say hello to this adorable pair and tickle those tiny baby toes!  Fun fact about Heather; she can hula hoop with three hoops at once!


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Jessi

Jessi is the Sales Area Leader of trees, shrubs and roses.  While helping customers, she spreads her love for plants– like seeds scattered in the wind.  She has worked on an organic farm in Connecticut and she studied photography in college.  In her spare time, Jessi loves taking glamour shots of plants and pets!


Linda

Linda is our long-time “Plant Guru”.  She is the go-to person for questions on how to take care of any of your plants.  She loves gardens, and could not live without one of her own.  Her favorite plants?  She especially loves plants that provide for Houston’s birds, bees and butterflies.  What a sweet lady!  Linda also known for her love of growing other living things… like kids and grandchildren!


Steve

Steve

You can find Steve in the Plant Care Shed.  He knows almost everything about the fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, soils and mulches that are best for your plants. He is a Texas Master Gardener and avid golfer. Do not get between Steve and his tee times!


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John works as a Salesperson in the perennials.  John has a background in soil microbiology.  He has his own company, Urban Worms Organics, where he employs millions of red wigglers and African night crawlers to make worm castings!  He also does garden consultation.  What a helpful guy!


Karyl

Karyl

Karyl is a long-time Buchanan’s employee who you’ll see mainly during spring and fall.  She is a very hard worker who helps us out when we need her most.  Ask Karyl about Texas native plants and wildlife gardens– she’s a pro.  Karyl has also been known to bring in tasty homemade treats, sharing her recipes with us.  We’re so lucky to have her!


Larry

Larry

Larry is a Texas Master Gardener and usually can be found among the herbs & vegetables answering questions and tending the plants. He’s also great with annuals, tropicals, indoor plants and disease identification.  In his spare time, Larry bakes goodies for all of us at Buchanan’s!


Emily

Emily

You can find this Kentucky gal in the Annuals, Herbs & Vegetables.  Emily studied Political Science at the University of Kentucky and she used to sell real estate in Chicago, Nashville and Atlanta.  What a traveler!  Luckily for us, her and her husband have settled in Houston for the time being with their two bull mastiffs, Boulder and Maggie.   Emily’s worst nightmare?  Setting foot in a Hobby Lobby!


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Marcus

Have you seen our wonderful pond? It has been put together by Marcus, our water gardening expert.  He also works in tropicals and is our orchid specialist.  Marcus has pet peacocks and has met many famous people on his travels.


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Austin

Austin is Buchanan’s Visual Merchandiser– you can catch this NYU Film School Grad creating displays around the nursery.  Besides being a world traveling kazoo extraordinaire, she also makes handmade soaps which can be purchased in the Bungalow.  Look for Cuckoo Soap Co.!


Sheryl

You can find Sheryl in the greenhouse working her magic on all the beautiful tropical plants!  Sheryl has been gardening all of her life– before coming to Buchanan’s she worked for nursery and landscaping businesses.  Sheryl is sweeter than honey and will always go the extra mile to lend a helping hand.  She loves her children, her grandbabies and wearin’ those western style boots!


Salvador

Salvador

Salvador has been with Buchanan’s since 1989– longer than anyone else!  He is our maintenance and plant care guy, truck unloader, and the all-important Supervisor of Watering.  This family man has a beautiful wife and five even more beautiful daughters.  Salvador may be a hard worker, but he always has jokes and pranks when you are least expecting them!


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Clark

Clark is currently studying entrepreneurship through the Wolff Center at the University of Houston.  As Head Cashier, Clark knows it all.  He loves the three C’s: Camping, Cactus and Breakfast.  Look for him under the tent and he won’t let you down.  Clark’s hidden talent: he can pogo with no hands!


Jennifer

You can find Jennifer under the tent, always eager to help, and to strike up a conversation!  She is studying to be an herbalist, and is building an herbal studio to sell holistic products– with the help of her carpenter/electrician boyfriend of course!  Ask Jennifer about medicinal herbs and remedies, she knows it all. Jennifer also loves smelling and sharing fresh cut roses from her garden and messing around with her kitty cat, Simba!


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Jenny

You can find Jenny under the cashiers tent, always helping customers with a smile!  She plans to study medicine, specifically neonatology.  Fun fact: Jenny is the mascot for her high school football team and won All-American at a mascot camp last summer!  Go Panthers!


Cesar

Cesar is a Salesperson in the annuals, fruits, veggies and herbs department.  He is TNLA certified and definitely a crowd favorite– customers love him!  He enjoys landscaping in his spare time.  Look for Cesar at future Bonsai workshops where he will be working his magic on tiny trees.


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Ivan

Ivan helps as groundskeeper; he helps you load your car, maintains the nursery and waters plants.  He has lived in the Heights for 35 years, and has watched it grow and bloom.  He also loves fishing and watching sports with Steve.


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Trevor

Trevor is part of our support staff.  He wrangles pots, does deliveries, installs fountains and loads up cars with beautiful plants!  Trevor was born in Houston and wants to soak up as much horticulture knowledge as he can!  Trevor plays heavy metal guitar and he once befriended a blind pig!


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Betsy

Come to the Bungalow and visit with fun, crafty Betsy!  In her spare time, she sews, she crochets, she knits… you wouldn’t guess that she worked for Shell for 30 years! Betsy loves feeding the birds and working in the yard with the help of her three daughters. What to know a secret?  Betsy enjoys playing the piano, and doesn’t mind when “raindrops keep falling on (her) head”!


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Jim

Some of you may remember Jim– he is a returning employee from a few years back! You can find him under the tent and in the Plant Care Shed. His cat Trixie keeps him company while he cooks Italian food, sneaking a taste of ravioli when Jim isn’t looking! This Connecticut-born fella also has a degree in Fine Arts and loves to paint portraits… strike a pose for Jim!


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Carolyn

You can find Carolyn in the Annuals, Herbs and Veggies helping customers learn more about organic gardening.  She has lots experience with native plants of Texas from working with the Texas Research and Technology Foundation on their 1,000 acre conservation!  With them she helped plan and install infrastructure to save native plants.  She also worked with the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) and at an organic farm in Bastrop growing peppers and tomatoes.  Ask her to identify your plants– she knows it all!  In her free time, Carolyn enjoys a refreshing swim.


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Diane

This New Jersey born gal is putting her 10+ years of nursery experience to use as our new Sales Area Leader of Perennials.  In the past, Diane has created a butterfly garden museum exhibit, taught kids gardening classes, created custom container gardens and even started her own catering company.  Not only does she know almost everything about perennials and beyond, her husband is the bassist in a punk rock band!  Rock n’ roll!


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Calin

Calin is a cashier with a plan and he is livin’ it!  He grew up in Houston, but acquired his taste for gardening and plants while working with WWOOF in California. He loves drawing and playing music with his girlfriend– him on guitar and her on ukulele, sitar or viola– or should we say voilà!   Strike up a conversation with this fellow and you’ll find that a guy that thinks for fun!


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Annie

This England-born Chicagoan loves plants! Annie has an MBA, as well as a degree in Horticulture from Purdue University. She has been around the world and loves to visit new places. One of her favorite memories was when she went on a sailing expedition around Greece… but she didn’t stop there– this sailor loves to travel! On a more musical note (pun intended!), don’t forget to check out The Annie B Band. They play every Thursday night at Last Concert Cafe!


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Carla

You can find this native Texan working in the Bungalow and behind the scenes in the cottage. Her two cats, Savannah and Tyler (named after Texas cities of course!) can vouch for her love of reading mystery novels about daring detectives… and watching reality television! Although she is still learning about the world of plants, this organized gal does have three houseplants to brag about… her corn plant, shefflera and peace lily!  Go Carla!


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Lisa

Lisa is our book-keeper extraordinaire! Although she spends most of her time in the cottage crunching numbers, you can catch Lisa taking a stroll around the nursery from time to time, always stopping to smell the flowers! Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Lisa insists it’s completely nuts to be an old lady in L.A. (her words not mine), so now she’s with us in Texas.  Her dog and three cats (Damian, Endora, Priscilla and Digit) can tell you how much this animal loving punk rock-n-roll organized over-the-top free-spirit woman is always playing guitar, drums, bass and piano! She is part of more than one band, here and in Austin, TX… and guess who kept the books while on tour!


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Monica

Monica is our Cash Team Leader and Human Resources wonder woman!  Although she grew up in Houston (she’s one of us, don’t worry), Monica spent a good amount of time up in the NW, specifically Washington State.  Up there, she created a committee that acted as a liaison between organic farmers and the collectively run food coop where she worked.  She also lived and worked at many organic farms in the NW. You could say she is an advocate for organic farming; you reap what you sow, right?  Monica also loves the arts, from sewing and fiber arts, to using reclaimed materials, painting, print making and lino printing, and she has even taught drawing classes. If that’s not enough awesome, Monica can curl her tongue and she’s a great listener!


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Kathryn

Kathryn is a plant lover by nature!  Find her working in perennials and under the cashier tent. She has worked with plants in various settings including the FDR National Historic Site and the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Her main area of interest is native and endangered plants… and of course her cat, Chupacabra! From what she tells us, she has put her vast field guide collection to good use; she loves snacking on nature as she strolls through it. Her favorites? Mulberries, wood sorrel, dew berry– oh my!


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Seong

You can find Seong under the cashier tent, checking out customers and helping out in any way he can.  This Korean born, fire spinning (more on that later!) guy is studying Ethnobotany, or the why and how people use plants that are indigenous to where they live. Yay for native plants! Seong also has a secret talent; he spins fire as a form of dance and performance! Very cool… or should I say hot!