Jaimee Zischke Tate

Isle of Sky Nursery
174 White Oaks Canyon Road
White Oaks, New Mexico 88301


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Isle of Sky includes both a Plant Nursery and over an acre of Demonstration Gardens. Located in Lincoln County, New Mexico, near the ghost town of White Oaks, the Nursery site is at an elevation of 6,480 feet.


My Nursery and Demonstration Garden is dedicated to sustainable growing practices with a focus on native and locally adapted seeds, seedlings, plants and trees.  I offer fruits, berries, roses, perennials and herbs for culinary, medicinal and bee use.  Custom grafted apple trees are my specialty.  There is also a nice selection of seeds produced here in the gardens.

I specialize in Dwarf, Heirloom Apple Trees and native and locally adapted fruits, berries and grapes, many of which I have found growing in old orchards and homestead sites throughout New Mexico.  The parent trees, many well over a century old, have proven their worth in adaptability and production under harsh conditions.   

Here in the gardens, conditions are harsh due to extreme clay soil on a rocky slope shaded by pinion and juniper trees.  The Nursery is unique in that the plants are all grown in the gardens which are open to the public for viewing during regular Nursery hours.  Being able to view the parent plants in a natural garden setting is very helpful in making decisions on what plants are right for your garden and growing situation.  I use and recommend soil building supplements which I sell in the Nursery.  These products are the most advanced sustainable science available today.  I also stock fertilizers and vermiculite, perlite, coir, specialty potting soils and numerous other useful growing supplies and organic pest and disease control products.


In addition to my large selection of apple varieties growing at Isle of Sky Nursery,
I also stock the following native and locally adapted plant selections: 


Blackberries several varieties, both heirloom and Primocane

Black Currants

Goji Berries

Red Raspberries (several varieties)

Sea Buckthorn Berries (male and female)

Table Grapes a good selection of seedless, seeded and
Heirloom varieties growing and producing well here in the garden

Wild Grapes: Native New Mexico Rio Grande watershed,

Native New Mexico Rio Felix watershed
Native New Mexico Grown for 100+ years on Brill Ranch,
East of the Capitan Mountains



Austrian Copper Rose

Harrisonís Yellow Rose

Sweetbriar Rose (a hardy native)

Woods Rose (a native shade lover)


Culinary and Medicinal Herb plants and seeds, flower seeds,

and tomato transplants (in the spring)


 I am proud to showcase Valerie Thomas' unique offering of heirloom, rare and new irises.
Valerie is the owner of the
The Bungalow Iris Garden in Carrizozo
and grows over 300 varieties


Isle of Sky is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

from 9 am til 5 pm
from the first of March through mid-November. 


The winter season is devoted to pruning, collecting scion wood for grafting trees
and custom grafting.  I teach grafting and have a nice selection of
scion wood and dwarf rootstocks available for purchase for grafting your own trees.