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Patio Shop

At Scarborough Gardens Patio Shop we have a broad range of products and prices designed to meet your needs. We have the best selection of styles in patio furniture, umbrellas, outdoor heaters, fireplaces, and other patio furnishings. Visit the Patio Shop.


Gift Shop Hidden Treasures Gift Shop

Hidden Treasures Gift Shop is a full-service gift store—that focuses on outdoor and indoor living. We have a wonderful selection of gifts that includes jewelry, kitchenware, small kitchen appliances, cards and artwork. Shipping, delivery and complimentary gift-wrapping is also available. Visit the Gift Shop.

Welcome to Scarborough Gardens

At Scarborough Gardens you’ll find three complete stores, all in one place! If you are looking for the right plant for your garden or the perfect gift for your friend you’ll find it here.

Garden Guide for August 2014

Summer Fun for Everyone

Before you head out the door on your vacation be sure to follow the tips in our garden guide to make sure your garden is as healthy and lovely as ever. You should also take a moment to learn how to preserve your summer herbs for winter feasts and while you’re at it dress up your mailbox too!  Finally don’t forget to mail Aunt Martha her very own Tiara Gift Card, so she can bring out her inner Princess!


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Dry Herbs for a Flavorful Winter

Many of us grow fresh herbs in our summer gardens and enjoy adding them to our recipes throughout the summer. Though some do not survive through the winter in our climate, you can continue to utilize them through the rest of the year if you start preserving them now.  It is usually best to harvest herbs before they flower. Start by cutting them in the morning, after the morning dew has dried from their leaves but prior to the sun beating down on them.  Rinse them lightly if needed and gently shake out excess moisture. Remove any blemished leaves, weeds and debris. Tie each kind of herb into small bundles and hang indoors in an area away from direct sun and moisture, and with good ventilation. Some people prefer to put a paper bag with ventilating holes over them, to speed up the drying process and to catch falling seeds and leaves. They can also be dried on a rack or a screen in a similar setting. Let dry for one to several weeks depending on the herb. They should feel slightly crisp and not moist. Store in an air tight jar or bag. There are several other ways to dry herbs but this one seems to retain the flavor and color of the herbs best. Enjoy using them for the next 6 months to a year!

Customize your Mailbox

Mail Wraps

Magnetworks Mailbox Wraps

Want to spice up your plain mailbox? Add a magnetic changeable cover from Magnetworks. The mailbox wraps are made to fit a standard size mailbox (6 ½” wide by 19” deep). We can also order larger sizes if needed. They also come with easy to apply, vinyl address numbers. We have a great selection of fun, popular themes allowing you to change it throughout the year. These durable covers are screen printed resulting in fabulous, vivid color. These covers are guaranteed for one year of everyday use by the manufacturer. Another great product made in the USA!

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Bring out your Inner Prince or Princess

Heart the Moment Paper Tiaras

Heart the Moment Paper Tiaras

are made right here in California! This inventive gift card was created to serve as both a gift and mailable card. The tiaras are vintage inspired and work for any special occasion: Bridal showers, Baby showers, Birthdays, or even just a fun dinner party. They are made for both men and women, and can help you celebrate in style. The creator Fern Solomon states she decided to create these unique crowns and tiaras to make “so many people happy, encourage our ‘inner child,’ and allow us to live in and appreciate every moment.”

August 2014 Garden Guide

Because we all understand the need to conserve water this year, we want to encourage plant lovers to garden wisely by following a few important water conserving tips.
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Replant or add fresh summer color to take you through the next few months until frost. Some low water use plants include Sages, Chrysanthemum, Rudbeckia, Scabiosa, Yarrow, Erigeron, and Lantana.


Sow seeds for cool-season veggies such as radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, kale, and spinach.


Sow seeds of Sweet Peas at the end of the month for early winter blooms.


Do your part to keep your garden cleared of dead debris and any thick undergrowth of weeds and brush that can be dangerous during the height of fire season. Download our Fire Safety in the Garden Guidewhich includes a Fire-wise Plant List, as well as, other tips. You can also visit us to pick up a brochure of Santa Cruz County’s Guide on how to keep your home safe from wildfires.


Check plants for insects, and if needed, spray with safe pesticides such as Summit Horticultural Oil, Monterey Neem Oil or herbal-base oils such as Monterey All Natural Mite and Insect Control made from cinnamon, rosemary, mint and sesame oils. It is also helpful to hose plants off in the morning at least twice a month to dislodge insects and their eggs and to keep plants clean and dust free.


Control slugs and snails using Gro Power Pure and Natural Slug and Snail Away Spray made from herbal oils that kill them on contact and have a residue that burns their undersides as they slither over it. It should be reapplied on a weekly basis for at least 3 applications.


Divide perennials such as Iris, Daylilies and others that have finished blooming. Reasons for dividing them include: they’ve have grown too large for their location or they have had a reduction of blooms this past year.


Increase water savings by installing your own Rain Drip Irrigation System. The set up is easy and our staff can help. There are also great starter kits that have all you need to quickly get the job done!

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