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Santa Cruz Gardens, Farms & Nurseries

Santa Cruz, California Gardens

Our Guide to Santa Cruz Agriculture and Horticulture Tourism provides general information on the area’s gardens, organic farms, demonstration farms, greenhouses and more.

We also highlight some regional gardens that may be of interest to you. They would require a drive, but the are well worth a visit!

Santa Cruz Area Gardens

Bamboo Giant Nursery

5601 Freedom Blvd, Aptos, CA (831)687-0100
Bamboo Giant Nursery featuring exotic bamboo for retail and wholesale. Supplies and services for installing whole groves, privacy hedges or single plants

Filoli Mansion & Gardens

86 Cañada Road, Woodside, California 94062   Phone: (650) 364-8300
Located 8 miles east of Half Moon Bay, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource.

Hakone Estate and Gardens

21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga CA 95070   Phone 408.741.4994
Hakone is the oldest Japanese and Asian estate gardens in the Western Hemisphere, established in 1915. It is one of the prime land marks by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an authentic replica of Japanese Samurai or Shogun’s estate garden, designed by one of descendent of the imperial gardening family members.

Japanese Friendship Garden

1300 Senter Rd., San Jose, CA 95122   (408) 277-5254‎

Roses of Yesterday and Today

803 Brown’s Valley Road, ·Watsonville, CA     (831)728-1901
The Roses of Yesterday and Today Garden, which has developed with the help of four generations of the Wiley/Stemler family, has more than 230 rose varieties on display.  Picnic tables are available.

San Francisco Botanical Garden

9th Avenue at Lincoln Way San Francisco, CA 94122
Whether you have ten minutes or a life-time, there’s always something new to see and do at the SF Botanical Garden. The Garden is open daily, 365 days a year. Weekdays, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Weekends & holidays, 10 am to 5 pm

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

Naglee Avenue and Dana Avenue San Jose, CA 95126   (408) 277-5422

Sierra Azul Nursery

2660 East Lake Avenue (Highway 152), Watsonville, CA       (831) 763-0939
Plants for California’s Mediterranean Climate – 2 beautiful acres of demonstration gardens

UCSC Arboretum

UC Santa Cruz 1156 High Street Santa Cruz, CA 95064   (831) 427-2998 phone
Situated on what is now the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz and what was originally part of the vast land holdings of pioneer settler Henry Cowell, the Arboretum occupies one of the most propitious horticultural sites in the world.

Santa Cruz Nurseries & Greenhouses

Bamboo Giant Nursery

5601 Freedom Blvd, Aptos, CA (831)687-0100
Bamboo Giant Nursery featuring exotic bamboo for retail and wholesale. Supplies and services for installing whole groves, privacy hedges or single plants

Bay Laurel Rhododendrons

1554 Bean Creek Rd Scotts Valley, CA 95066   (831) 438-3999‎

Far West Nursery

2669 Mattison Lane, Santa Cruz, CA  (831) 476-8866
Far West Nursery and Garden Center offers more than two acres of plants to satisfy your every garden need.

Garden Co

2218 Mission Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone:  831-429-8424
They  have something for everyone, from the novice home gardener  to the serious plant collector.

Go Native Nursery

333 Cypress Ave, Moss Beach, CA (650) 728-2286

Green Oaks Creek Farm & Retreat

2060 Hwy. 1 Pescadero, CA 94060   (650) 879-1009
Green Oaks Creek Farm & Retreat is an educational, organic Farm & Retreat center

Harley Farms Goat Dairy

205 North Street, PO Box 173, Pescadero, CA 94060   650-879-0480
Visiting Harley Farms Goat Dairy is a hidden treasure. Mingle with the goats, ogle our edible flower garden, milk a goat, tour the cheese making room and learn how cheese is made.

Hidden Villa

Located in the Los Altos Hills, it’s worth the drive to visit this real working farm.  Its mission is to educate, and that it does with its organic gardens and animals.  Children love to get up close and personal with chickens, cows, pigs and much more…

Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo

P.O. Box 508 Pescadero, CA. 94060   (650) 879-0580
Founded as a small, family farm, Jacobs Farm remains committed to organic farming… benefiting people and the environment for generations to come. Over sixty varieties of herbs and edible flowers grace our northern California coastal farmlands.

New Garden Nursery

2440 Mattison Lane Santa Cruz, CA 95062   (831) 462-1610

Pie Ranch

2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero CA 94060  (650) 879-0995
Their mission is to inspire and connect rural and urban people to know the source of their food, and to work together to bring greater health to the food system from seed to table.

Potrero Nuevo Farm

1045 Tunitas Creek Rd. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019  (650) 726-5700
A working farm is being developed for diversified organic vegetables, fruits, flowers, … Potrero Nuevo Farm

Redwood Nursery

2800 El Rancho Drive, Santa Cruz   CA   95060  (831) 438-2844
Redwood Nursery specializes in locally grown trees and shrubs for your garden in the Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounding areas.

Richard J Elkus Ranch

Half Moon Bay office, (650) 726-9059 ext 102
The Richard J. Elkus Ranch is an environmental education center providing unique hands-on learning experiences for Greater San Francisco Bay Area youth.

Roses of Yesterday and Today

803 Brown’s Valley Road, ·Watsonville, CA     (831)728-1901
The Roses of Yesterday and Today Garden, which has developed with the help of four generations of the Wiley/Stemler family, has more than 230 rose varieties on display.  Picnic tables are available.

Santa Cruz Hydroponics & Organics

815 Almar Avenue Unit K, Santa Cruz, California   (831) 466 9000
They are have the LARGEST outdoor and indoor gardening inventory in the Bay Area!

Scarborough Gardens

33 El Pueblo Road Scotts Valley,  CA   (831) 438-4106
Whether you’re a professional landscaper or a weekend gardener, Scarborough Gardens Nursery has something for everyone.

Sierra Azul Nursery

2660 East Lake Avenue (Highway 152), Watsonville, CA       (831) 763-0939
Plants for California’s Mediterranean Climate – 2 beautiful acres of demonstration gardens

Upstarts-Organic Seedlings

831-722-4522
Upstarts has been providing Quality Gourmet Vegetable starts to the Greater San Francisco Bay Area sense 1987.

Tunitas Creek Family Farm

Tunitas Creek Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA (650) 759-3126 333

Santa Cruz Wine Tasting and Wineries

A directory of local wineries


Click here to search  Half Moon Bay (45 miles north) or Monterey (40 miles south).

What’s on Tap

Events

Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:

Thunderbirds on the Santa Cruz Wharf! Sept. 30, 2017 at 9am to 3pm.

Featuring the classic 1955-1957, the 1958-1965 vintage and the retro, 2002-2005 Thunderbirds.

Open Studios Art Tour – First 3 weeks in Oct. 2017

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 8, 2017 11am – 4pm.

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 8, 2017

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2017

MORE Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2017

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 14 & 15, 2017

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

 

 

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.

 

Attractions

Top Santa Cruz Attractions:

 

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Fun for all ages.

Santa Cruz Campgrounds

Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks

Santa Cruz Fishing 

Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Surfing

With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May

 

For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.

 

 

Advisories

The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.