The staff members at Salmon Creek Nursery know plants. Much of the vast inventory of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees are grown onsite at the 45-year-old family-owned nursery, allowing the staff to make sure each plant is healthy from the time it sprouts to the day it's adopted into a new garden. When not tending to the needs of trees, on-staff landscapers are ready and waiting to help customers to create their own inspiring outdoor spaces, filling up backyards or spare bathtubs with all manner of flora. Walking through the lush, meticulously tended nursery feels like strolling through a park. A footbridge carries visitors past a diminutive waterfall, and Japanese maples and fruit trees admire their reflections and elegant limbs in a wide, still pond. The view is decidedly more rustic inside the garden center, where lanterns, baskets, and wooden chairs hang suspended from tree trunks that reach toward the roof, and vintage wheelbarrows teem with everything from plants and potting soil to garden stones etched with inspirational messages.
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.
Since 1903, Davis Florist & Greenhouse’s family of flora artists have crafted delicately designed bouquets and arrangements from fresh and blossoming flowers. A bounty of orange roses, hot pink and red carnations, and matsumoto asters overflow from a clear glass vase in the How Sweet It Is bouquet ($34.95+); a dozen red roses peak from an elongated glass house ($54.95) to help couples celebrate anniversaries with more grace and romanticism than a Gone with the Wind audio book narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Birthday festivities commence with the Fly Away Birthday Bouquet, which teems with a symphonic septet in the rainbow’s favorite colors ($52.95+). Reams of classic chicness populate the Simply Elegant spathiphyllum, which placates a warmongering wicker pot with a white peace lily emerging from dark leafy greens ($42.95).
Since 1959, Guignard Florist has been a flowery haven, supplying customers both from its colorful shop and via delivery throughout Onondaga County. The store prides itself on featuring the freshest flowers in novel arrangements, most of which change daily, like an indecisive animorph. Its insistence on using in-season blooms whenever possible ensures that bouquets leave the shop smelling their sweetest. The Serene Retreat ($47.95) is a riot of greenery, starring dieffenbachia, spathiphyllum, ficus, and boston fern in an elegant clay dish, and a dozen red carnations ($32.50) arrayed in a clear glass vase provide the elegance of pricier roses with the delightful texture of a spongy clown extremity. Save space and adhere to simplicity with the Tender Trio ($19.99), three pink roses presented with stylish foliage in a curvy vase.
For more than 50 years, Gallea’s has given greater Rochester generous portions of aesthetic, CO2-killing plants. Products are organized into multiple categories, giving vegetation veterans plenty of green-thumb choices. Bonsai trees, named for the single word they all shout when they’re depotted or repotted, start at $29.99, while cut flower arrangements are $25.99 and up. The nearly limitless arsenal of outdoor and tropical plants start at $1.99, and uncut flowers start at $6.99. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Gallea's will happily answer all of your questions about the best way to make your garden grow, including how often to massage your soil and when to trim your flowers' garish petals.