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Fall Vegetable Care: Artichokes, Asparagus, Horseradish, Jerusalem Artichoke, and Rhubarb

Fall/Winter Hours

Monday–Friday 8:30-5:00
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.
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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 2015

Is There a Chill in the Air?

If there’s a chill in the air, it can only mean one thing—time for fall planting!  Our useful Garden Guide has all the information you need to prep and plant. Think about adding a new shrub or bulb or even a Pomegranate! This small shrub/tree is a wonderful addition to your garden. Get all of your cool season veggies into the soil and be sure to have a cover crop for your garden if you are not planting again until summer.  And as we see summer fade away into fall it’s that ghoulish time again. Be sure to visit our Hidden Treasures Gift Shop for some chilling Halloween décor, costume and gift ideas—you’ll have the spookiest house on the block!

The Sweet Pomegranate is Easy to Grow



The pomegranate tree is an ideal choice for many home fruit gardens, particularly in the warmer parts of Santa Cruz County. The Early Foothill Pomegranate is unique because it is sweeter and ripens one to two weeks earlier than the more common variety, ‘Wonderful’. The benefit of early ripening fruit is the increased chance of the fruit maturing properly even if we have a short, cooler than normal summer. Pomegranates are extremely cold hardy, losing their leaves in autumn after changing to a beautiful yellow color. In addition to the benefit of producing delicious fruit, this plant is also an attractive shrub or small tree that blooms for a long period all through the summer. The tree is easy to grow and adaptable to most soils but is best in soil that drains well and is slightly acidic.

Ghoulish Goodies for Halloween

Halloween Decor

Halloween Décor

Time to get spooky! We have stocked up on a larger-than-ever selection of ghoulish products to make decorating a howling experience for everyone. We have spooky and cute or scary and gruesome décor to fit your style! This year we have added a large selection of flameless Halloween candles, Hamsters wearing witches hats, melting witches (build her up and watch her melt again and again), and a large array of trick-or-treat bag stuffers. Need a quick n’ easy costume? Create your own look with the many Halloween themed, wearable items including skull scarves, headbands, earrings, and hats. Additionally, our selection of wall décor easily transforms your surroundings. Choose from skeletons, owls, witches, pumpkins and more to help achieve the haunting look. Make your house a fun and frightening place this Halloween.

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October Garden Guide


Prepare and protect your perennial vegetables for winter. This includes artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, and other selections that can overwinter. Click on this month’s very informative video from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply to learn how to care for these edibles.


Plant Garlic. This is the best time to plant garlic. The widest selection of many varieties is available now to grow organically, including the most popular one grown in Gilroy, the Early Italian Purple. Also, look for unusual varieties including Elephant garlic, soft neck varieties such as Italian Late, Inchelium Red, and Silver Rose, or hard neck varieties such as Spanish Roja and German Red.


Plant hardy shrubs, trees, vines, perennials, bulbs and cool season veggies and flowers. This is a particularly good time to plant California natives. We recommend using Gardner & Bloome Starter Fertilizer (4-3-2) for natives which are sensitive to high phosphorus fertilizers. We also suggest adding Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost to your soil and finishing the project by putting a layer of this compost (or other mulch) on the soil surface to help keep soil moist and reduce water needs.


Plant Cool Season Vegetables. Fresh, organic plant starts are arriving weekly. Some of our favorites that are especially good to add to your healthy diet include kale, spinach, and other leafy greens. Plant other cool-season favorites such as carrots, radishes 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 the erosion of your soil. For bigger and better veggies add Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme and Gardener & Bloome Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer to your soil.


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.


Select and plant your spring blooming Bulbs. Incorporate Gardner & Bloome Fish Bone Meal and Bulb Planting Mix 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 then 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 of what’s in the bag to remind you what’s stored inside.

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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!