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.
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.
No trip to Tucson would be complete without experiencing the flavor of the West by horseback. Pantano Riding Stables, a reputable family owned business, caters to riders on all skill levels. A large variety of horses are available to accommodate every type of rider. Reservations required.
Armed with only their courage, adventurers work their way through darkened alleys of corn, the path lit by nothing more than a curtain of stars above. But they're not alone. Through this maze lurk crazed doctors, hungry zombies, and grisly artifacts of murder and mayhem––an army of bloodthirsty terrors standing between groups of unwilling victims and the exit.
Not all the stalks at Buckelew Farms are haunted, however. Those who escape the Terror in the Corn unscathed can relax their nerves and test their navigational skills in the flashlight maze, where groups survey the darkness to find 12 different checkpoints that offer up clues to the maze. The casual-paced attraction offers up a challenge similar to a classic scavenger hunt, but without the creepy neighbors. Both mazes make a great ending to a day at the farm's 24th Annual Pumpkin Festival, where guests enjoy a lively collection of fall pastimes. Tractors tow carts of hay and families to pumpkin fields to pick out an ideal jack-o'-lantern candidate, and a smattering of colorful tents house arts and crafts activities, children’s games, and a petting zoo full of friendly beasts waiting to be pet, fed, and stealthily adopted. The farm will also be hosting a Great Pumpkin 5K race on October 14, during which participants chart a course through the farm and parts of the corn maze in order to win prizes and raise funds for the University of Arizona Medical Center Departments of Surgery and Neurology.
Specially extended into November for Groupon customers, Schnepf Farms' popularPumpkin and Chili Party elicits smiles from children and adults with fall-themed activities including a hayride, 4- and 10-acre corn mazes, and bonfires for roasting marshmallows. Energetic animals greet guests in the petting zoo, and prized swine vie for the praises of spectators during pig races, and a roller coaster and flying-farmer ride sling adventure-seekers and hapless scarecrows into the air. After exploring an expanse of gourds in the pumpkin patch and U-pick garden, twosomes and foursomes can dive into chicken and chili dinners (not included with today's Groupon) or rearrange faces into jack-o-lantern–shaped poses.