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Sunday 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.
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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.
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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 October 2021


Visit our Pumpkin Patch!

We have plenty of locally grown carving pumpkins for $8.00 and mini pumpkins for $2.00 each.


If you want a beautiful spring-blooming garden, NOW is the time for fall bulb planting!

We currently have plenty of iris, tulips, paperwhites, hyacinths and daffodils, plus a selection of other spring-blooming bulbs such as freesia, ranunculus, lilies, muscari, crocus and peony. We don’t usually have these plants available in the spring when you’ll notice them blooming in your neighbor’s yard. NOW (October – December) is the time to plant the bulbs, so you can enjoy them next February–June, depending on what you plant. Bonus: the daffodils and paperwhites are both deer and gopher resistant! Don’t miss the opportunity!

Are you looking for edible bulbing plants? We also have garlic and onions available (potatoes will arrive a little later, usually around February).

New Longer Hours!

We will now be open year-round at 8:00 AM on Monday-Saturday, 9:00 on Sunday. Closing time will remain at 5:00 PM.

Masks/Covid Protocols

Following Santa Cruz County Public Health and CDC Guidelines, masks will be required while shopping indoors, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS.


Japanese Maples

Fall is the perfect time to choose and plant Japanese Maples for so many reasons! This time of year, the trees are usually starting to put on their full show of fall color. Many maples have colorful new leaves in the spring (coral, pink, bright crimson, lime green), then the leaves will settle into their summer color of green or red/purple or variegated, and now is the time to see their brilliant fall color. It’s like having three trees in one! Even winter-bare, the structure of the trunk and branches can add beauty and interest to your landscape.

Getting your Japanese Maple (or any tree) planted in the fall is recommended for the tree's health. The soil is still warm to encourage root development. We are headed into our typically rainy season so that nature can provide consistent deep watering, helping those roots get established before your tree has to produce leaves, flowers, or fruit in the spring and summer. Fall planting is easier on us too: a couple of early rainstorms make digging holes easier, and cooler temperatures make working outside much more pleasant!

When planting, be sure to amend your native soil if necessary to improve drainage and provide nutrients for the tree. Depending on your soil and the type of tree you are planting, we can advise you on amendments, fertilizers if staking is needed, and help answer any questions to help you succeed!

Time to get spooky!

Items in the store may differ from what is pictured.

Halloween Décor

We have stocked up on ghoulish products to make decorating a showling experience for everyone. We have spooky and cute or scary and gruesome décor to fit your style! We have a wide selection of Halloween outdoor and unique indoor decor. Choose from Spider Webs, Skeletons, Ghosts, Spiders, Witches, Pumpkins and more to help achieve the haunting look. Decorate outside with Halloween-themed string lights and zombie flamingoes! Need a quick n’ easy costume? Create your look with the many Halloween-themed, wearable items, including Skull Scarves, Spooky or Fun Socks, Headbands, Earrings, Temporary Hair Coloring, and Hats. Dress for the holiday and make your house or workplace a fun and frightening place this Halloween!

Halloween not your thing?

We also have plenty of fall décor that will segue nicely from October to Thanksgiving. Tabletop decorations, wall hangings, everything you need to make your home feel cozy and autumnal — all you will need to add is the spiced apple cider aroma!


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October Garden Guide


NOW is the time to plant hardy shrubs, trees, vines, perennials, bulbs, and cool season veggies and flowers. Fruit trees thrive on the warm soil temperatures this time of year, stimulating new root growth, and the fall rains will help the new roots get established deep underground. No matter what you are planting, keep in mind that the gophers have been voracious! Don’t forget to protect your investment with a gopher basket!

If you’re not quite ready to plant, keep in mind that we will have an excellent selection of bare root roses and bare root fruit trees available in late December or early January!


This is the best time to plant California natives. We recommend adding Gardner & Bloome Organic Soil Building Conditioner to your soil to help loosen up the compacted soil and allow new roots to form. Finish the project by topdressing with compost (or other mulch) on the soil surface, leaving a minimum of 6 inches around the plant's crown. Mulch helps keep the soil moist, reduces water needs in the summer, and protects new roots from cold winter temperatures while the plant is getting established.


Plant Cool Season Vegetables. Fresh, organic plant starts are arriving weekly and our seeds for the 2022 planting season are already here! Some of our favorites that are especially good to add to your healthy diet include kale, spinach, chard and other leafy greens. Plant other cool-season favorites such as peas, carrots, radishes, beets and onions from seed. If you are not planting in your veggie garden until next spring, sow seed of a cover crop to help restore nutrients, organic matter and reduce erosion of your soil. For bigger and better veggies, amend your soil before you plant and follow up with a good fertilizer.


Get a jump on spring-blooming sweet peas by starting them from seed in the fall. They won’t bloom until spring, but are cold hardy, so you’ll have a much bigger show in the spring!


Slopes or recently cleared land may need a quick cover before winter rains start. We offer several types of erosion control seed for you to choose from. For highly visible areas, sow wildflower seeds that will produce a kaleidoscope of color in spring. Water regularly until consistent rain begins. If you had minor mudslide issues in last year’s rains, be prepared this year by laying jute netting on the bare ground, anchored in with metal stakes. We carry rolls of 225’ length jute and metal stakes to hold it in place. The woven netting is easy to gently pull apart an opening large enough to get plants in without lifting or cutting the jute.


Select your spring-blooming bulbs for planting now while the selection is best. In our local area, planting in mid-October to late November is recommended to take advantage of consistent rain and cooler temperatures and help avoid early blooming in mid-winter when the rainstorms may pound your flowers. Incorporate bulb food into the soil for best results. If you are digging up your summer blooming bulbs that are finished for the year, such as dahlias, gladiolus, and begonias, wash them thoroughly and rinse with a bleach solution of 3 tablespoons bleach per gallon of water and let dry completely. Store them in a paper bag until next spring. This will help keep them healthy and reduce fungus problems. You may want to write a description on the bag to remind you what’s stored inside.


Water Saving Tips

We want to encourage plant lovers to garden wisely by following a few vital water conserving tips. These suggestions will help you be successful in your yard every year, wet or dry! For more info, visit

  1. 1. Spread 1-3 inches of mulch around all plants especially newly planted ones. For each inch of mulch, you reduce water usage up to 10%.

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

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

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

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