Helpful Links for Gardeners

Connecting gardeners in Tucson to classes, organizations, and gardening inputs in our community. 

Presidio Garden, Community Gardens of Tucson

Classes

  • Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona: Learn to grow your own food! We believe that by sharing resources and skills, we can grow a healthy, abundant local food system. Hands-on garden workshops are offered every fall and spring at various locations, including Nuestra Tierra Learning Garden and Las Milpitas Community Farm. Workshops are free (though donations are appreciated) and open to all ages and experience levels. 
  • Pima County Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteers who serve as community educators. They work with the UA Cooperative Extension to provide researched-based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the public.  

Organizations

  • Backyard Gardeners of Tucson is an online Facebook group. Their description is: Tucson, and the Southern Arizona region, is a unique region in which to garden. Via Facebook and the local nurseries frequented, the gardens are as varied as the people who create them. The purpose of this group is to share our tips, photos, ask questions, and add garden oriented links to, so we have something central for all to look at--as unique as our area!
  • Community Gardens of Tucson has 22 community gardens across Tucson. Their mission is: To create and support accessible community gardens with Tucsonans of diverse experience levels, abilities and cultures in order to educate, foster wellness, and enhance the environment for people, plants, and pollinators.
  • Desert Harvesters is a non-profit, grassroots effort which strives to promote, celebrate, and enhance local food and water security by encouraging the planting of rain along with indigenous, food-bearing, and perennial plants.
  • Feeding Tucson is a project of Sustainable Tucson.  It’s goals are to: Identify ways to create a Complete Local Food System, Educate Tucsonans about the potential for creating a Secure Food Supply with our renewable rain, Champion the vision of transforming Tucson in a Food Oasis in the Sonoran Desert. The Feeding Tucson Champions’ Network is the network of volunteers who are finding ways to support local groups that are working for sustainable food security.

Gardening Inputs 

  • Native Seeds/SEARCH seeks to find, protect, and preserve the seeds of the people of the Greater Southwest so that these arid adapted crops may benefit all peoples and nourish a changing world.
  • Tank’s Green Stuff is a locally produced organic compost product made from local landscape tree trimmings (green waste) that would otherwise go to the landfill. They sell compost, garden blend, fertilizer, mulch, wood chips, potting mix, and more.
  • Desert Survivors is a unique 501-c-3 non-profit organization that combines a highly diverse native plant nursery with an employment program for adults with developmental disabilities. They have a retail plant nursery with high quality locally grown native plants.
  • Harlow Gardens nursery features all the beautiful things you need for your outdoor living spaces, including garden gifts, pottery, plants, and more.
  • EcoGro is a recognized resource for Aquaponics, Sustainable Growing Methods, Unusual and Rare Plants, Education, Equipment and Supplies so that plant and garden enthusiasts can acquire the tools and knowledge to achieve their goals of growing healthy food, minimizing environmental impacts, enjoying healthy plants and experiencing the pride of achievement.
  • Pima County Seed Library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds that you can borrow to plant and grow at home. By saving seeds as a community we help create local seed stocks that are better acclimated to our unique desert climate and which support an abundant and genetically diverse landscape. We support gardeners from beginner to expert, and help you learn how to grow, harvest, and save seeds.
  • Heirloom Farmers Markets is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit operating three farmers markets in Southern Arizona. It is our mission to connect, educate, and empower our community to create a vibrant food system that supports local food producers and proprietors. Heirloom has grown from its first year with 5 participating farms to more than 80 vendors and more than 2,000 people attending our Farmers Markets weekly.
  • Magic Garden Nursery and Landscape was created 20 years ago by Sandy Sarah, their goal is to help you be successful gardening in Tucson.
  • Mesquite Valley Growers Nursery
  • Green Things is a family owned and operated plant nursery serving Tucson since 1970.  Located in the Catalina Foothills at the Binghampton Historic District. Green Things provides plants, pottery, garden art and related services to the general public as well as businesses in the Horticulture Trade including: landscapers, florists, designers, architects, contractors, resorts, churches, restaurants and retail outlets.  A growing plant nursery, Green Things produces the majority of its own crops including annuals, geraniums, cyclamen, houseplants, cacti and agaves, succulents, desert perennials and vines.