The green-thumbed staff at Salmon Creek Nursery raises acres of shrubs, trees, and other plants to supply customers with a wide selection of potted foliage. Spruce up a garden path or an indoor hedge maze with shrubs such as cypress, junipers, and hydrangeas ($15.99–$89.99), or stock up on perennials that return every year without re-seeding, much like in-laws at Thanksgiving ($9.99–$24.99). Alternatively, apple, peach, cherry, and other fruit trees ($29.99–$39.99) distill the sun’s angry glare into wrath-sweetened produce. On autumn weekends, the scent of free cider and donuts fills the weekend air as patrons browse an assortment of plump pumpkins, corn stalks, and hay bales shaped like Conrad Bain.
Clasped between Saguaro National Park and the Ironwood Preserve, Double R Ranch appears as though it were plucked straight from the frames of an old Western movie. The windswept grounds stand as a gateway to the thousands of untouched acres that quietly stitch together the Northwest side of Tucson. The ranch gives visitors a chance to explore that land with horseback rides and birthday parties. It also offers weekend getaways and RV hookups to city-dwellers in need of an escape from the crowds and door-to-door minivan salesmen that come with urban living. Double R also accommodates guests who have their own horses with overnight stabling services.