Oxbow Native Plants took root in co-founders Elsa and Rob Taylor's backyard. Seeing the need for a local retail supplier of native woody plants and perennials in the Lethbridge Area, they began collecting seeds from back roads and private properties across southern Alberta. Oxbow is currently looking for a few acres of land to rent in the Lethbridge Area to expand the business. 



Elsa and Rob 


Elsa Perry is a full time professional archaeologist and Lab Manager for Alberta and Saskatchewan. Rocks and Archaeology are her passions but native plants and seed collecting combine her love of the outdoors and of pretty plants. Her and Rob have finally chosen to settle in Lethbridge Alberta after bouncing around Alberta and Saskatchewan. Elsa completed her B.A at the University of Lethbridge and an M.A at the University of Saskatchewan. Elsa also works behind the scenes as business manager, landscape design, and seed collector. 

                         Perdy and Bert

                        Perdy and Bert

Professional Seed Collector Assistants

Rob Taylor is the heart of Oxbow Native Plants. His work experience and education has focused heavily on terrestrial ecology in the boreal, parkland, foothills, montane, and plains ecoregions of Alberta. He has previously worked for the University of Lethbridge, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, and Bow Point Native Plant Nursery. Rob loves the Lethbridge Area and hopes that Oxbow Native Plants can successfully help people make their landscapes beautiful and sustainable.

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