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2660 East Lake Avenue (Highway 152)
Watsonville, CA 95076
Across from the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
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Open daily: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(Winter hours: 4:30 p.m.)

Phone: 831-728-2532 | Fax: 831.728.2537 
sierraazulnursery@yahoo.com
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Mediterranean Mounds

Saturday June 18
Wand workshop
10:30 - 12:30
$20 (corrected from $25)
Wreath workshop
1:30 - 3:30
Cost: : $35 (corrected from $30)
BOTH for $50

Limited to 10 participants, and taught by Sierra Azul owner, Lisa Rosendale. Materials are provided, and you will make wands and/or a wreath to take home. We also have U-Pick lavender from our lavender fields for your future projects.

Mediterranean Mounds

Lisa Rosendale, searching for lavender on the Summer of 2015 Great Northwest Lavender Road Trip

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2016 Sculpture IS, Leah Dewit sculpture

There are lots of new sculptures and artists displaying work through the fall for our 10th annual show. The garden is open daily until 5:30 p.m., and we will not be closed any days during the show. Some weeks the sprinklers are on in the morning so it is best to come after 10:30 in the morning. We have picnic tables and umbrellas for you to relax with lunch or snacks. We are dog friendly if you bring and use a leash, and clean up after your critter.

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Pelargonium: Plant of the Month at Sierra Azul Nursery

This low-growing perennial species Pelargonium, native to South Africa, blooms almost year-round here, is long-lived, needs little to no pruning or dead-heading, is deer- and frost-resistant and very drought-tolerant once established. We have nice one-gallon plants for $8.99. This plant is of our favorites of all the plants we propagate from our garden.

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Attract hummingbirds and pollinators with lots of color and great plants that are waterwise and deer-proof. We are getting a nice selection for spring and most of them will bloom through fall.

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Water-Wise Landscaping also known as Xeriscape

Xeriscape yard
(Formerly a lawn…)

We can help you convert your lawn or other area, create lasting beauty, and save significantly from past or existing water use.

Water wise gardening and landscaping are key components in the goal of greater water conservation. At Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens, we have been growing and selling native and Mediterranean climate plants, as well as designing and consulting on water-wise gardens and lawn-to-plants conversions for the last 20 years. Owner Jeff Rosendale started with this effort 40 years ago during the historic drought of 1975-76.

Significant water savings can be realized by converting a 30'x30' sprinkler irrigated lawn/turf area to an attractive xeriscape planting on drip irrigation. A normal twice-weekly watering of this size lawn would use approximately 700 gallons per week. Converting this total lawn area to a native/mediterranean and succulent plant garden, and planting approximately 50 plants irrigated by one gallon per hour drip emitters would result in the new water use of approximately 50-60 gallons per week. This is a significant 650 gallons per week savings or a reduction in water usage of up to 90%. 

Xeriscape: "A method of landscaping that emphasizes water conservation in its use of efficient irrigation and drought-resistant plants."      

Water Wise Garden and Landscape Consultation
Call us: 831-728-2532 or email: jeff@sierraazul.com
$150.00 basic consultation (include 15% plants discount)

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Garden Design and
Consultation Services at Sierra Azul

Garden Design Services

Sierra Azul owner Jeff Rosendale has been designing gardens and landscapes since 1974 and can work with you in various ways to help design and implement small or larger scale gardens and landscapes.

We are associated with reliable gardeners ($30/hr.) who can help with plantings and other work as needed, as well as landscape contractors for bigger jobs and hardscapes. Our design and consultation rate is $85/hr. We will be happy to work with you on any level to make your existing or new garden a beautiful place to be.

Water-Wise Garden Landscape Consultation & Design
Call us: 831-728-2532 or email: jeff@sierraazul.com
$150 basic consultation (includes 15% plants discount)

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ECO-LAWN GRASS SEED

ECO-LAWN GRASS SEED
This mixture of seven red and hard fescues is a low-maintenance alternative to traditional turf-grass. It needs less mowing and less water, and can be kept unmowed for a natural, pastoral look. It is drought-tolerant and grows in full sun to shade. It can be planted year-round in the Bay Area and Central Coast, and once established needs watering only every two weeks. Simple and informative seeding instructions included. Great for garden paths and open seating areas. 5-pound bags cover 1000 sq. ft. and are $39.95.


In the Media

2013

MAY: Artists prepare exhibit at Sierra Azul Nursery in the Register-Pajaronian (with photographs)

2012
AUGUST:
The San Francisco Chronicle features Sierra Azul in their article about "Parks and Beaches in Santa Cruz County." Bring a picnic!

JULY: An article in Pacific Horticulture, written by Jeff Rosendale, explores the incredible gardens at Laguna Ranch, situated on 400 acres, north of Santa Cruz on the Pacific Coast.

FEBRUARY: Here's a piece with great photographs and details about our operations at Bamboo, Succulents, and More. Thank you, Gerhard!

2011
DECEMBER: Read a detailed article about our business—practices, the grounds, our history—here at the Town Mouse and Country Mouse blog: "A Trip to Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens."

Thanks for visiting, Country Mouse!

Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens specializes in plants and gardens for California's Mediterranean climate. Our goal is to promote the aesthetic use of Mediterranean climate adapted plants in water-conserving gardens and landscapes. This includes fruit trees and plants for shade gardens. (Check out our article on "Drought Tolerant Plant Families.")

Sierra Azul Nursery is a retail plant nursery specializing in Mediterranean plants from around the world. Our nursery includes two acres of demonstration gardens featuring mature plants in a garden setting, accented by sculptures from local artists: "SculptureIS" debuts new and familiar artists in our gardens every summer.

Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens holds a vision of the garden as a place to link with the natural world and its many wonderful contrasting elements. We hope to share our vision with you. Come visit the rich, aesthetic, physical world of Sierra Azul Gardens.

Group tours of the Sierra Azul Gardens are available upon request. Garden clubs are welcome! Contact us by email or phone.



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