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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Gift and Garden Shop

What's New in the Garden

Garden Design Services

Gardening with Grasses

Mediterranean Mounds

Drought Tolerant Plants

Deciduous Is Not
a Dirty Word

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Jeff Rosendale.



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Taught by Sierra Azul owner and garden consultant Jeff Rosendale for creating mediterranean mounds and water-wise garden landscapes, including lawn removal, design and layout, plant selection, irrigation and mulching. Organizational handout included.

This last of the year class is free. Please call in advance or email to register:
Kiosk - 831-728-2532 - jeff@sierraazul.com

These three beautiful yards were once water-thirsty lawns.

Buy 3: #4 is free

Buy 3: #4 is free

Buy 3: #4 is free

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All Arctostaphylos on sale: Shrubs and ground covers in all sizes: beautiful, deer-resistant, andwater-wise.

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Salvias on sale

All salvias in 1 gal. size on sale and will bloom until Thanksgiving with lots of color attract hummingbirds and pollinators. Always room for a salvia!

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All Euphorbias on sale. Gopher, deer, and drought resistant. Colorful foliage and spring blooms in cream and yellow tones.

Decorative Pots on Sale

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Read about the exhibition in Local Santa Cruz.

Sculpture IS

Two of the more than eight dozen sculptures on display.

Enjoy the garden and its multitude of beautiful sculptures this season with the addition of many new artists. Support your local sculpture garden and shop at our nursery next door. Picnic tables and umbrellas for lunching. (Our garden welcomes dogs on leashes only).

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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: 2 hrs. with/sketches & plant selection—
with 15% discount on project plants.

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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)


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. Five-pound bags cover 1000 square feet and are $44.95.

JUNE: Our 1oth annual Sculpture Is exhibit earns praise in LocalSantaCruz.com.

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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