Locally Owned and Grown

Monterey Bay Nursery

With 30 years in the horticulture business, Monterey Bay Nursery grows plants on 50 beautiful acres in northern Monterey County. Their plant list contains 1,000 plant varieties, with an emphasis on new introductions.  We like to source plants from this local nursery because their special soil blend is perfect for helping plants adapt to the soils and climates of our Bay Area customers.

Monterey Bay is made up of a great group of people. Sales representative Jeff is a constant fixture at Sloat Garden Center. He can often be seen tooling around our stores, delivering beautiful plant samples to our nursery buyers with his sweet little dog Stella by his side.


Upstarts Organic Seedlings

Meet our Family of Local Vendors & Growers: Upstarts Organic Seedlings

Upstarts Organic Seedlings have grown and distributed organic seedlings from the heart of the Monterey Bay since 1989. They were one of the first bedding growers to be certified organic by CCOF in 1991; Sloat Garden Center started sourcing plants from them the year after.

Upstarts owners Sarah and Basil select seeds based on flavor, local growing conditions, vigor and disease resistance. They watch for new nursery and culinary trends and enjoy growing unusual and hard-to-find plants. Sarah and Basil like to surprise our staff with their new finds and are accustomed to taking calls from Sloat Garden Center vegetable buyers to track down elusive varieties.