In 1906, Tollef Skarsgard emigrated from Norway to pursue an American education. After attending school—and learning English along the way—he started a farm in North Dakota, which he first seeded in the spring of 1912. One hundred years and four generations later, Skarsgard Farms continues to produce a wide variety of crops. Tollef’s great-grandson, Monte Skarsgard, now oversees an upgraded version of the estate, where he harvests organic fruit and vegetables, and dresses scarecrows in designer overalls. The farm also distributes prepackaged produce from a variety of regional organic farmers year-round through an online delivery service called the Harvest Box Program.
Native Seeds/SEARCH (Southwestern Endangered Aridland Resource Clearing House) has cultivated Southwestern heritage for more than two decades by conserving and selling a variety of wild and agricultural seeds. Each purchase from the organization's retail shop fosters the distribution of more than 350 ancient and aridlands-adapted crops. Desert farmers can pick up packets of unsprouted panic grass, Bisbee black-eyed peas, Hopi striped sunflowers, or Tarahumara bilobal gourds ($3 each), while non-gardeners can adorn their keys, backpacks, or frontpacks with a 4-inch beaded-corn keychain, handmade by a Navajo tribe member ($20), or set their tongues aflame with chiltepines mined from the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico ($7). Native Seeds’ earthy merchandise complements rustic meals and creative endeavors with many other foodstuffs, crafts, and life necessities, such as Eagle Creek devil’s claw seeds ($5), which, when fully grown, feature fiber for basket weaving, fanged fruit for eating, and flowers that speckle garden foliage and chatter with unsuspecting rabbits.
Green Things offers a wide range of plants grown both in-house and by local sources, ensuring that all of its crops are prepared for the extreme climates of the Sonoran Desert. Erect a foliage fence around your private helipad with annuals ($1.49+), or populate your backyard with shrubs ($5.99+) that summon up all 17 colors of the rainbow. Green Things' inventory also includes towering trees ($18.99+) and tropical houseplants ($3.99+), as well as pottery, herbs & vegetables, and cacti—ideal for roadrunners seeking defense against technologically minded, biped coyotes.
Family-owned Florian Flowers arranges aromatic gift baskets full of fresh, multicolored flora for every occasion. Romantic gestures can be made in-store, online, or out-of-body, with options including the Upsy Daisy basket, a yellow-themed bouquet of fully bloomed flowers gracefully rising from a ribbon-tied base ($22.95). Apologize for leaving footprints on a friend’s ceiling with regally packaged roses in a glass cube ($25.95). The blooming cupcake ($7.99) bestows birthday wishes from a novel pastry-shaped petal arrangement, complete with ascending candle, and the Daisy Daydreams basket ($22.99) presents proud new parents with a cornucopia of colors exploding from a white bamboo basket. Accent arrangements with add-ons such as Mylar balloons ($4.95) for celebration, boxes of Fran's Chocolates ($7.80) for sweet teeth, and stuffed animals ($13) for children preparing for careers in taxidermy. Florian’s professional bloom slingers ship baskets and bouquets for a variety of occasions, from love and romance to corporate gifts, ensuring timely delivery of perfectly preserved flowered arrangements.
Civano Nursery presents visitors with multifarious flora, most of which were grown by expert horticulturists at a 70-acre farm in nearby Sahuarita. Pockets of climate-appropriate posies ($1.99+) or lush shrubs revitalize drab lawns and woo standoffish bees and butterflies. Gardeners who expect dirt to earn its keep can rubberneck through orchards of shade and fruit trees before plotting future salads over potted herbs and veggies. Clutches of hearty cacti, like their barbed-wire kin, can add a layer of security around lot perimeters and inspire spiky arm tattoos. Civano's attentive gardening gurus also dazzle acoustic nerves with jingling wind chimes and burbling water fountains ($89.99+), tuck adopted plants into glossy red planters ($9.99+), and ply budding botanists with sage advice. Tagalong kids and brown-thumbed companions can pass the time at an on-site petting zoo or practice putting green.