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Beginning November 4

Every Day 9:00-5:00

Through February



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 2018

Welcome Fall!



Living Art for your Home or Patio


Over the past few years, there has been a new surge of interest in Tillandsias (aka Air Plants). It is easy to understand why, since there are over 500 species that are unusual and dramatic. In their native habitats of Central and South America as well as the Southern part of the United States, they grow outdoors attached to other plants for support and get their moisture and nutrients from the air. For our climate, because they are frost sensitive, we protect them by placing them indoors, on covered patios or under tree canopies where temperatures range from 50–90 degrees. They require bright filtered light. Their water requirements vary depending on the species and the temperature they are living in. The finer leaved ones prefer more moisture than the thicker leaved ones. During the warm season, submerge them in water for 15 minutes 1–2 times a week (preferably in the morning). Gently shake out excess moisture. Mist them occasionally with just plain water and once or twice a month add a pinch of orchid fertilizer to the water when you are misting them. In the cool season, water them once or twice a month or as needed, depending on your home’s temperature and humidity levels. These wonderful, weird plants make for great conversation pieces, and kids love them too! Collect and display a variety of them because they truly are beautiful “living art.”

Time to get spooky!

Halloween Décor

We have stocked up on ghoulish products to make decorating a howling 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. Additionally, our selection of Holiday wall décor easily transforms your surroundings. Choose from Spider Webs, Skeletons, Owls, Witches, Pumpkins and more to help achieve the haunting look. Need a quick n’ easy costume? Create your own look with the many Halloween themed, wearable items including Skull Scarves, Headbands, Earrings or Hats. Dress for the holiday and make your house a fun and frightening place this Halloween!


Warm and Welcoming

Outdoor Entertaining

Want to enjoy the crisp fall weather outdoors, but still be warm and comfortable? Check out our wide selection of fire pits, including metal designs with tile tabletops around the fire bowl, simple metal forms with screen spark arresters for safety, or punched-out whimsical designs. Create a cozy patio setting as you watch the flames dance around the wildlife scenes from these unique fire bowls by Esschert Designs. They are laser cut from 3mm thick steel, making them sturdy and long lasting, with a natural rust finish.

We also have authentic Mexican chimineas in several designs and sizes. Stay toasty warm while enjoying dinner and drinks on your deck or patio. Chiminea or chimenea, (pronounced che-meh-NEH-yah) is Spanish for chimney. The spellings are used interchangeably.

While some people use their chimineas as accent pieces or as garden art on the patio for that rustic or Southwestern look, a chiminea can be a functional fire feature in your outdoor room. They've been around for hundreds of years and not just as a decorative fashion statement. The chiminea's origins go back at least to the 16th or 17th century when chefs in small Mexican villages used them as cooking vessels and families gathered near them for warmth. Traditionally, a chiminea was made of clay and designed in a wide-bottom vase form, with a narrow, vertical chimney through which to direct smoke and a wide mouth on its side for the fire pit. The chiminea's design allows it to be used in the rain without the water extinguishing its flame.

Unlike a wider, more open fire pit, a chiminea is contained. Aromatic woods like cedar, hickory, mesquite or pinon wood are popular choices for the chiminea, which will blow smoke up and out. After igniting, chimineas can reach full burn in 15 minutes, giving off a great deal of heat so you can comfortably enjoy being outdoors on a cool autumn evening.


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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. If you’re not quite ready to plant, keep in mind that we will have a nice selection of bare root roses in December and fruit trees available in 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 plants’ crown. Mulch helps keep the 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, chard, and other leafy greens. Plant other cool-season favorites such as 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.


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 the 10” 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 and plant your spring blooming Bulbs. 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

Because of another dry winter, 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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