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Spring & Summer Hours

Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30
Sat 8:00-5:00
Sun 9:00-5:00


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 2015

Summer Time Garden Wrap Up

As summer sizzles to a close, and the weather becomes a little bit cooler (we hope), it’s time to think about sowing seeds, clearing your garden of debris to protect it during the height of fire season and dividing your perennials. It’s also a great time to consider adding a drip irrigation system to your garden to help save water at your house.  And speaking of homes, to add a little variety to your space challenged locations think about purchasing a new plant stand or two. They add variety, height and color in one easy step. Finally, if you are in need of some gifts this summer visit us in the gift shop to check out our latest collection of Bonny Doon Farms Lotions and Soaps.  They come in a variety of new scents and make a delightful gift for just about everyone on your gift list. Don’t let the summer sizzle away without coming in to the store to say hello and get the latest gossip on what’s going on in our gardens—we always have something to share!

A Stand for All Seasons (Plant Stand that is)

Plant StandsFor narrow balconies, entryways or any indoor or outdoor spot that has space restrictions, you can create lush attractive displays of plants by using plant stands of various heights. We just added some new, colorful designs to our inventory that allow you to add color to an area even without planting flowers. Along with some classic iron stands, these new additions can be grouped together for an interesting combination of plants or used singly to feature and add height to a potted plant. Using plant stands will give even your current displays of potted plants a new look! Our assortment of these fabulous plants stands in stock now, is sure to add beauty to the decor of your home and garden.

Locally Produced Soaps and Lotions
to Delight Your Senses

Bonny Doon Soaps and LotionsBonny Doon Farm Lotions and Handmade Soaps

This fabulous locally owned company was started in 1972 in in the Santa Cruz Mountains by Diane and Gary Meehan. We have proudly stocked many of their products for nearly 15 years and continue to do so because of the tremendous popularity of this quality product. They specialize in lotions and handmade soaps in various scents that are fresh and calming. One of the most popular scents is lavender which comes from plants they grow on their own property. Another very popular scent that appeals to all and particularly to men, is bay rhum. Two new scents we have added to our inventory include rosemary and Cuore De La Fattoria an Italian olive oil soap bar. If you are not sure which scent to choose for either yourself or as a gift, a new 3-pack sampler provides the convenience of having a popular assortment to try!

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Garden Checklist for August


Replant or add fresh summer color to your garden to take you through the next few months until the frost begins. 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 thick undergrowth of weeds and brush that can be dangerous during the height of fire season. Download our Fire Safety in the Gardenwhich includes a Fire-wise Plant List, as well as other tips. You can also visit us to pick up 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.


Control slugs and snails using Gro Power Pure and Natural Slug and Snail Away Spray. This spray is 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. We also have some great starter kits that have everything you need to get the job done quickly!

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Water Wisely

We want to encourage plant lovers to garden wisely by following a few important water conserving tips. For more info go to

1. Spread 1-3 inches of mulch around all plants especially newly planted ones. For each inch of mulch you use, you reduce water usage up to ten percent.

2. Check your soil for moisture BEFORE watering to see if it is really necessary. Established gardens can often go for weeks without needing water depending on your soil type and the weather.

3. When you do water, apply it slowly and for an extended period of time. This will help reduce run off and encourage deep roots.

4. Follow your Water District Rules and Regulations for outdoor water use.

5. Do not over fertilize with high nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrogen increases soft new growth which then requires more water to support the plant.

6. Reduce the size of plants by pruning excess growth.

Even if you are planting less, there is always something to do in the garden…especially if it’s just simply enjoying it! To help you achieve that, you may wish to upgrade your patio furniture, or replace an old umbrella or add a fire pit so you can extend your time outdoors after sundown. We can help you get your summertime fun off to a great start!