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.
Expressions Art Glass is currently celebrating its 20th year of bringing colorful glassware into the homes of discerning art-lovers. Led by an experienced instructor, a fused-glass-plate class allows amateur artisans to create their own fragile masterpiece, ideal for displaying on the fireplace mantle or the dashboard of a spare helicopter. Using glass, a mold, and kiln firings, students learn to shape glass with mosaic cutters and prepare their plate for the sintering flames of the kiln. All classes are taught to small groups and Expressions Art Glass will provide all materials and tools, preventing the need for students to harvest their own sand and tote along their own fire. Plates will be ready for pick-up after one week's time.
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).