About Serra Gardens

Nursery Description

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Serra Gardens

Serra Gardens Landscape Succulents is a wholesale nursery in Fallbrook, California, supplying drought-tolerant and fire-resistant plants to homeowners and members of the landscape trade. It is the growing grounds for Cacti.Com.

Homeowners and members of the landscape trade can browse our five acres and more than 250 varieties of drought-tolerant, fire-resistant plants for the xeriscape.

Find more than 250 unusual and hard-to-find varieties of agaves, aloes, cacti, other exotic landscape succulents ­— most requiring little to no irrigation after the first year. From 1-gallon pots to 4-foot boxed specimens, all plants are propagated by hand, field-grown and well-adapted to Southern California coastal and inland conditions.

The well-organized five-acre nursery is staffed with knowledgable plant lovers, including owner and proprietor, Don Newcomer, a recognized succulent expert.

Serra Gardens History

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For more than 25 years, Don Newcomer’s Serra Gardens Landscape Succulents has earned its reputation as the insider’s resource for exotic and hard-to-find succulents for the landscape.

After moving from its legendary Malibu location in 2007, the nursery is now located on a private estate in idyllic Fallbrook, California, Serra Gardens remains one of the most unique xeriscaping nurseries in Southern California.

Proprietor and recognized succulent expert Don Newcomer began his collection 45 years ago as a hobby he shared with his father, the late Dr. Victor Newcomer. The two attended cacti and succulent society meetings throughout Southern California when Don was in his teens. That was when he met legendary collectors, Ed and Betty Gay, who ultimately willed Don their collection. That collection became the stock for some of Serra Gardens’ most rare and unusual offerings, some of which are available for sale today.

Over the years, Serra Gardens and Don have been featured in coffee table books — most notably Desert Gardens, by Gary Lyons and Melba Levick — and has received local and national press attention

Visiting & Tour Information

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  • By appointment only. Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Closed during inclement weather.
  • Call ahead for a personal tour: 760-990-4762.
  • Check out our directions page to find your way.

Serra Gardens Nursery Policies

Things to consider when visiting Serra Gardens: Serra Gardens is an industrial working nursery. As such there are many dangers around such as heavy machinery, sharp pointed plants, insects and reptiles. It is not a safe place for children to play. Therefore we kindly insist that, if you bring children, they must be under your complete control at all times. Do not let children run, ride in the nursery wagons, or behave in unsafe ways in the nursery. We recommend bringing a friend or associate with you to help. The nursery is located outdoors on five acres of extensive growing grounds in Fallbrook, California. Hat, water, and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Serra Gardens Terms & Conditions

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Please visit the Serra Gardens Terms and Conditions Page.