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Monterey Gardens, Farms & Nurseries

Monterey, California Gardens

Our Guide to Monterey County Agriculture and Horticulture Tourism provides general information on the area's gardens, organic farms, demonstration farms, greenhouses and more.

We also highlight some regional gardens that may be of interest to you. They would require a drive, but the are well worth a visit!

Click here to search  Santa Cruz (30 miles north).

Monterey Area Gardens

Pacific Grove Natural Museum ─ Native Plant Garden

165 Forest Avenue Pacific Grove, CA  (831) 648-5716
A century-old garden gets a new life when the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History debuted its newly designed Native Plant Garden now open to the public.

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park and Gardens

3050 Hecker Pass Road Gilroy, CA  (408) 840-7100
Located around 35 miles north east of Monterey.

Historic Garden League ─  Historic Garden Tours

Various locations around Monterey, CA   (831) 649-3364 

Secret Gardens of Old Monterey 

Discovering Monterey's historic gardens– our "best kept secret" – will come as a beautiful surprise!  Due to Monterey's mild climate, flowers can be found blooming much of the year.  Some of the gardens contain fountains you can make a wish in.  Others have arbors and quaint walkways bordered by abalone shells or wine bottles. The historic gardens are open to the public at no charge, and do not require reservations.

For more information, please call 831-649-7118

Monterey Farms, Nurseries & Greenhouses

Cypress Garden Nursery Inc

590 Perry Lane Monterey, CA (831) 373-1625

Cypress Garden Nursery is a full-service garden center with a wonderful selection of plants, plant materials, garden accessories and has a unique gift store, which is filled with beautiful, fun and handcrafted items from many local artists, unique educational children's toys and beautiful gift cards.

Valley Hills Nursery

7440 Carmel Valley Road Carmel Valley, CA   (831) 624-3482



What’s on Tap


Monterey Festivals & Events:

Pacific Grove Butterfly Days – Oct. 6, 7 & 8 2017

Parade, bazaar, special events at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 8, 2017

Capitola Wharf, Capitola, CA

Monterey Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2017

Whale Watching – Dec. through May


For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Monterey.



Top Attractions:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Aquarium is your window to marine life in the Monterey Bay!

Cannery Row

Historic Cannery Row is great destination for hotels, shopping, dining, and, oh, yes, the Aquarium!

Monterey Fishing

Fall is fishing and crabbing season!

Kayaking and SCUBA Diving

The rocky bottom around Monterey make it perfect for ocean adventures!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May


Pebble Beach…need I say more.


For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.




Monterey’s Summer Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially on Highway 1 between Seaside and Monterey. Also, 68 between Highway 1 and 101 can be extremely slow. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.

Carmel Valley and Big Sur have major wildfires. Authorities expect them to burn through the end of August! Google for the latest news.