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

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Gardening with Grasses

Mediterranean Mounds

Drought Tolerant Plants

Deciduous Is Not
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Jeff Rosendale.

Welcome to Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens

Source for drought tolerant and exotic plants with a 2 acre demonstration and sculpture garden


Waterwise Garden Pruning & Maintenance Workshop

Saturday, April 20th - 10:30am - 12:00pm

This pre-Spring event is a follow-up to last year’s Summer maintenance and pruning workshop. Owner Jeff Rosendale will demonstrate practical and aesthetic ways to prune and shape up your perennials, salvias, grasses, restios, shrubs, trees and groundcovers as they are getting ready to put on a lot of growth and new flowers coming out of the Fall and Winter seasons. Give your garden a really nice new haircut!

Registration cost: $15
($10 for Jeff's consult clients.)
Call 831-728-2532 for reservations!
(Class size is limited to 40 so you must call in advance to register.)

Mediterranean Mound Workshop

Saturday, May 11th - 10:30am - 12:30pm

Back by popular demand is this continually timely workshop on creating a waterwise garden/landscape design using mounds, drought tolerant plants, paths, seating and focal areas. Taught by Jeff Rosendale who will also cover materials, plant selection, mulches and drip irrigation and water rebates.

Registration cost: $15
Call 831-728-2532 for reservations!
(Class size is limited to 40 so you must call in advance to register.)

Sculptures in Garden

Private collection and over-winter pieces for your continued viewing pleasure. New show starts in June.


Parking Lot Plant Sale

Lots of nice plants on sale. 1gal: $3.99-$5.99 5 gal: $9.99 - $16.99

Gift Certificates Available

Call our kiosk at 831-728-2532 and pay by credit card and we will mail to you or your gifted one.
Or stop by in person and buy at the nursery!

Sierra Azul plants and Garden Designs
(All formerly front lawns)

Water-Wise Gardens or Xeriscape

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 800 gallons/ week. Converting this total lawn area to a native/ mediterranean and succulent plant garden and planting approximately 60 plants irrigated by 1 gallon per hour drip emitters would result in the new water use of approximately 60-80 gallons/ week. This is a significant 700 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

$170.00 - Basic Consultation - at your yard and our nursery & garden - 2 hours/with sketches and plant selection. (includes 15% plant discount on project purchases)


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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