Your Guide to Plant Shopping in South Phoenix's Agro Row

There are plenty of nurseries and garden centers along Southern Avenue by South Mountain.EXPAND
There are plenty of nurseries and garden centers along Southern Avenue by South Mountain.
Lauren Cusimano

If you’ve ever taken a drive down Southern Avenue between 24th and 40th streets, you’ve noticed the rows and rows of plants, trees, and cactus on the south side of the road. The area is full of nurseries and garden centers, many of which are family-run and open to the public.

We like to call it Agro Row.

That's where you'll also find several landscaping and wholesale operations. So don’t march in to places like Dream With Colors, Saul Nurseries Inc., and South Mountain Xeriscape looking for retail plants. You’ll just have to admire their selection from the street.

From nurseries and tree farms to The Cactus Doctor, here's your guide to nine places to find indoor and outdoor color and cactus along Southern Avenue in south Phoenix.

Arid Solutions Nursery has 30 acres of growing grounds open to the public.EXPAND
Arid Solutions Nursery has 30 acres of growing grounds open to the public.
Lauren Cusimano

Arid Solutions Nursery
3815 East Southern Avenue
602-437-5194

This wholesale nursery is open to the public and has 30 acres of actual growing grounds for you to shop through. Established in 1986, Arid Solutions Nursery offers everything from aloe, agave, and succulents to cactus, trees, and shrubs. Most of the plants you'll see have been grown and raised on site at 38th Street and Southern Avenue. They also offer delivery services. See the Arid Solutions Nursery Facebook page for more information.

Botanica at The Farm offers in-season plants and flowers, including geraniums, succulents, herbs, and air plants.EXPAND
Botanica at The Farm offers in-season plants and flowers, including geraniums, succulents, herbs, and air plants.
Courtesy of The Farm at South Mountain

Botanica at The Farm
6106 South 32nd Street
602-368-1385

Part of The Farm at South Mountain’s two-acre organic garden called Gather and Grow, the Botanica patio offers in-season plants and flowers, including geraniums, succulents, herbs, and air plants. This area of The Farm also offers a community learning garden and community workshops like planting classes and making wreaths out of flowers. See the Botanica at The Farm’s website for more information.

J & E Greenhouses has a wide variety of seasonal plants down 26th Street.EXPAND
J & E Greenhouses has a wide variety of seasonal plants down 26th Street.
Lauren Cusimano

J & E Greenhouses
6421 South 26th Street
602-243-9439

This south Valley outdoor garden center offers a wide variety of seasonal flowers, trees, shrubs, and more. Seasonal flowers range from Poinsettias for the holidays to bright red Geraniums and Petunia Dream Pink in 4-inch pots while in season. You’ll find it on the left, straight down 26th Street. See the J & E Greenhouses Facebook page for current season specials and offerings.

Maya’s Farm offers fresh, local flowers and farm tours down 32nd Street.EXPAND
Maya’s Farm offers fresh, local flowers and farm tours down 32nd Street.
Lauren Cusimano

Maya’s Farm
6550 South 32nd Street
480-236-7097

Relocated from The Farm at South Mountain (but only just down the street), Maya’s Farm is a small, certified organic market with a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to boot. Aside from produce, this seven-acre farm neighboring South Mountain Park offers fresh, local flowers and farm tours. Visitors are welcome to this farm site in an ancient riverbed, which has been owned and operated by Maya Dailey since 2006. Dailey says she has childhood memories of driving down Baseline seeing the flower gardens. “It was beautiful,” she recalls. See the Maya’s Farm website for more information.

The Nowell Tree Farm has been around since 1981, and you may see a roadrunner in this outdoor garden center.EXPAND
The Nowell Tree Farm has been around since 1981, and you may see a roadrunner in this outdoor garden center.
Lauren Cusimano

Nowell Tree Farm
6440 South 30th Street
602-243-5914

Founded in 1981 by Bill Nowell, the Nowell Tree Farm is a vast, outdoor garden center where you might even spot a roadrunner or two. Tucked away from Southern Avenue, this place specializes in a varied assortment of flora and cultivates rare native seedlings – all while avoiding harsh pesticides. English and Spanish customer service is available. Visit the Nowell Tree Farm Facebook page for more information.

Read on for more of Agro Row's offerings — including a place that helps heal sick cactus.



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