Gardening

11 Best Gardening Resources in Metro Phoenix

In-house growers Melissa Hoffman and Ashley Stilwell tend to the garden at The Farm at South Mountain.
In-house growers Melissa Hoffman and Ashley Stilwell tend to the garden at The Farm at South Mountain. Courtesy of The Farm at South Mountain

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click to enlarge Check out the new location for Roosevelt Growhouse during the next Garden Volunteer Day. - COURTESY OF ROOSEVELT GROWHOUSE
Check out the new location for Roosevelt Growhouse during the next Garden Volunteer Day.
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Roosevelt Growhouse
Founded by Kenny Barrett and Kelly Placke in 2008, Roosevelt Growhouse is an urban farm committed to Roosevelt Row agriculture and growing local food. With the exception of June and July, the community garden runs classes throughout the year on topics like urban desert vegetable farming, sustainable living, healthy eating, and edible landscaping.

click to enlarge Here's your spot for professional-grade bug and weed repellent, including organic options. - COURTESY OF BUG AND WEED MART
Here's your spot for professional-grade bug and weed repellent, including organic options.
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Bug & Weed Mart
This family-run retailer specializes in DIY-friendly professional weed and pest products, including organic and natural options not found in big-box stores. And they're price-conscientious, too, costing around $5 per 1,000 square feet for six months, according to its spokesperson. The store's knowledgeable staff walks shoppers through proper application of the commercial-grade products and will send you home with reference materials. Its five Valley locations are listed on the store's website.

click to enlarge Jessica and Ryan Jerrell of Dig It. - EVIE CARPENTER
Jessica and Ryan Jerrell of Dig It.
Evie Carpenter
Dig It Urban Gardens + Nursery
Located on 16th Street near Thomas Road, Dig It Urban Gardens + Nursery specializes in plants meant to thrive in Phoenix’s city-meets-desert climate. Run by former landscaper Ryan Jerrell and his business partner, Tim Bishop, its garden center staff is passionate about good advice and sending folks home with only the products they need. Dig It houses its plants in conditions similar to the typical home environment, and the nursery hosts fee-based educational classes and events.

click to enlarge Plots at The Farm at Agritopia come with access to its tool shed and gardening events and classes. - KITCHEN SINK STUDIOS
Plots at The Farm at Agritopia come with access to its tool shed and gardening events and classes.
Kitchen Sink Studios
The Farm at Agritopia
Located within the porch-friendly Gilbert community of Agritopia, The Farm at Agritopia rents more than 40 20-by-20-foot plots. Renters have access to pretty handy stuff, like its fully equipped communal tool shed and water. There are also garden gatherings like a Preserve the Harvest Party where renters learn how to preserve their produce.

click to enlarge Regional heritage seeds can be purchased from Native Seeds/SEARCH. - COURTESY OF NATIVE SEEDS/SEARCH
Regional heritage seeds can be purchased from Native Seeds/SEARCH.
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Native Seeds/SEARCH
Native Seeds/SEARCH is a nonprofit seed conservation organization rooted in Tucson that, among many other things, sells open-pollinated seed varieties bred true from seeds. This means that, as long as there's no cross-pollination, you can grow landrace or heirloom garden and connect your grows to the historic Southwest. Seeds can be ordered online on the organization's website. Plus, from June through December (with the exception of July) Native Seeds/SEARCH will be at the Phoenix Public Market every third Saturday with seeds, garden supplies, and local foods for sale. They'll also hold a free workshop each week on different gardening and seed-saving topics.

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Lara is a freelance journalist working on her first novel. She's based in Phoenix.
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