Though the loaves you buy off the shelves at Wildflower Bread Company might be warm from the oven, they might not have been made fresh that day. That's not because Wildflower uses frozen dough—rather, its bakers are firm believers in slow-rising bread, letting their handcrafted dough rise for 16–24 hours before it ever sees an oven. So every morning, dough mixed and hand-shaped the previous day is worked into one of 18 styles of bread. The house specialties include classic baguettes, rye bread sprinkled with pasilla chilies, pretzels, or loaves worked through with rosemary and sea salt. These breads can be bought by the loaf or enjoyed as the anchors of a gourmet sandwich, an edible soup bowl, or a side for salad or pasta. The bakers also make room in their ovens for scones, tarts, and cakes, taking care of their customers' sweet teeth so they can stop chaining the table sugar to the coffee station.
Baker’s Nursery has been a Phoenix landmark for more than 40 years, and Phoenicians love this cheerful nursery so much that they come here simply to hang out in the centerpiece tree house and to enjoy the gorgeous acres of gardens. There are plants, trees, shrubs and flowers, of course, ranging from cacti to Chinese evergreen. There are also décor items such as pottery, statues, planters, outdoor furniture and an entire section dedicated to houseplants. The staff clearly enjoys their work, and is happy to offer guidance on what plants are best for any situation, how to cure that black thumb, when to schedule fertilizers and explain what every crazy-looking garden tool is designed to do. Home delivery is available and couples can sign up for a wedding gift registry.
A kaleidoscope of multichromatic blossoms and emerald leaves bursts from the soil, blanketing 65 acres of desert landscape at Desert Botanical Garden. Diverse walkways flanked by more than 1,200 types of cacti, succulents, and wildflowers educate visitors on the importance of protecting the environment and not hugging every plant they see. In addition to the garden's more stationary organisms, some of which go home with local green thumbs during biannual plant sales, numerous avian and insect species make their homes amid the thriving greenery.
Harper's Nursery & Landscape Co has been in the Harper family for three generations, and little has changed about the business since it was established in 1945. On the eight-acre farm behind their Mesa location, their team cultivates a wide array of plants in every state. They're so confident in their plants, they guarantee that each one will last its normal life expectancy, as long as customers follow simple care instructions. In addition to maintaining a huge variety of plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees, the team also performs landscaping services on-site and on-location, helping clients plan out a picturesque garden or shrine to Martha Stewart, the gardening queen.
Signature service: Freeze-dried flower preservation
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Pro Tip: Give stems a fresh cut. Keep flowers in water and in a cool place. Bring in to us as soon as possible.
Located within walking distance of Phoenix's downtown sports arenas, Steve's Greenhouse Grill is a prime spot for stopping in before a game or to watch one on the eatery's many screens over drinks. The menu shows the restaurant's dedication to quality and taste with antibiotic- and hormone-free buffalo burgers and cowboy cheeseburgers topped with smoked bacon and onion rings. Among the chefs' original creations, the house twist on mac 'n' cheese blends penne pasta with cheddar, bacon, and chipotle alfredo sauce, all of which help give it its signature flavor and help protect it from foul balls hurtling by from nearby Chase Field.