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.
Inspired and informed by her time spent in Rio de Janeiro, owner Carolyn Maloney takes care in selecting stylish jewelry, decorative home accessories, fun hooks and knobs, vibrant lighting fixtures and candle holders, and beautiful textiles that will elegantly samba through your home and bossa nova in your wardrobe. Give a room a warm glow with a vintage cowgirl candle ($18), or let your collarbones glow with a glam six-strand necklace ($24). For an addition to your home that will never forget to brush its teeth, pick up a shabby chic bird vanity mirror, made with special glass that adapts to whatever room it inhabits ($32).
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.
Lighting design specialists certified by the American Lighting Association guide customers through Sun Lighting’s 2,000-square-foot showroom, with a massive collection of lights and household ornaments that garnered an ARTS award in 2008. A bronze mini chandelier sets nooks aglow with a quintet of candles ($72.20); flowery glass sconces bloom from walls to render hallways and secret passageways to the neighbors’ wine cellar nocturnally navigable ($22.68). Alternately, energy-efficient lights, including bowl-style flush mounts ($29.15) and outdoor lantern wall mounts ($49.88), help keep electricity Earth-friendly without the hassle of rubbing Shamu-shaped balloon animals on carpets. Sun Lighting also stocks a cornucopia of ceiling fans and home accents, such as rustic distressed mirrors ($63.80) and tendril-sprouting shelves ($50.60).