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

Phone: 831-728-2532 | Fax: 831.728.2537 
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Jeff Rosendale.

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Spring News for the Garden

Spring Plants

( Tapestry of spring plants

Lots of new plants are being stocked in the nursery during March. The beds are filling up with perennials, shrubs, succulents, grasses, spiky plants, herbs, edibles, trees and shade plants. Come in and see our fresh selections!

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Colorful, textural Coprosmas from New Zealand are lots of fun for shiny texture and attractive leaf colors in your garden and landscape. They are deer-resistant and water conserving, and they don't get to be monsters in limited spaces. Generally under 3' with light pruning to shape.

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Two Saturdays
March 28, 10:30am - 12:00pm
May 2, 10:30am - 12:00pm
At Sierra Azul display garden
The classes are free: no reservations necessary.

They are taught by veteran xeriscape proponent and Sierra Azul owner Jeff Rosendale. Learn about design, plant selection, drip-irrigation and mulching as well as lawn to xeriscape conversion and water district rebate programs. (Workshop participants receive a 10% discount on plant purchases.)

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Water-Wise Landscaping also known as Xeriscape

Formerly a lawn…

(Formerly a lawn…)

Convert Your Lawn into a Water-Conserving Garden

We can help you convert your lawn or other area, create lasting beauty, and save 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 almost 40 years ago during the historic drought of 1975-76.

We have calculated the significant water savings that 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/ week. Converting this total lawn area to a native/ mediterranean and succulent plant garden and planting approximately 50 plants irrigated by 1 gallon per hour drip emitters would result in the new water use of approximately 50-60 gallons/week. This is a significant 650 gallons/week savings or a reduction in usage by 90%. This 650 gallon savings is the equivalent to saving 160 gallons/week or 23 gallons/day per person for a family of four. This is the weekly equivalent of 30 showers or 300 toilet flushes.

We believe this kind of landscape conversion will practically satisfy projected water district conservation goals for many current lawn-oriented customers.

Understanding that the above example is not a "one size fits all" solution, it does clearly demonstrate the potential for real-time water conservation by the conversion of lawn to xeriscape.

Xeriscape yard

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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
$125 basic consultation (includes 15% plants discount)

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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


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

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!

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. Be sure to check out our special sales, and the art workshops and events we host.

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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