I finally made it to DIG Gardens in Santa Cruz! Back in June, I made my maiden voyage to San Francisco’s Flora Grubb, another amazing, amazing nursery. DIG was next on my list of nurseries I wanted to visit in person after getting to know them online.
Because it’s a two- to three-hour drive from Sacramento (when you get lost like I do), I combined this trip with a self-guided UC Santa Cruz tour for my son, who’s looking to transfer there as a junior. He got to see UCSC again… I got to see Dig Gardens… and we had a very nice lunch at Cafe Limelight. Gorgeous weather greeted us and it was a wonderful day in all.
Elliot and I got a little “GPS lost” on our way to lunch, which I don’t mind because it’s usually a chance to explore the unexplored. Our getting lost reward was Santa Cruz City Hall, with its mini Santa Barbara style courtyard.
Santa Cruz City Hall
DIG Gardens is at 420 Water Street. It’s a bit unassuming from the front, but once you enter the building, you are in garden heaven. The owners, according to Sunset Magazine, are Cara Meyers and her husband Will. Cara also owns Hidden Gardens Nursery and writes “Get Growing” for the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The property has a pleasant balance of indoor and outdoor shopping areas.
Inside the shop…
Houseplants at DIG Gardens include Bromeliads, Tillandsias (aka “air plants”), orchids, and more. Orchids and air plants are about the only houseplants I have the patience for these days. Epiphytes like these tend to make easy-care houseplants because they don’t need daily attention.
And now we’re going outside…
I would love to go back to attend one of their workshops. While we were there, we spotted a whole room full of succulent cuttings, just waiting for a fun workshop. DIG also sells by mail order and does wedding work. This place is a Santa Cruz gem.
What I bought… A pretty ceramic tealight holder and an air plant.
West Cliff Lookout