Need advice about local nurseries

James BrooksDecember 14, 2012

Hi everyone,
I have recently moved to PHX, but not new to gardening. I am building a house in Surprise. I need to create a garden on a bare suburban lot and have been doing all sorts of research.I have come up with a tentative plan for my landscaping but I am having a real problem finding plants. I have visited most of the recommended retail spots and have found the inventory very limited if not depleted. I drive past wholesale growers every day with abundant beautiful stock.I need 24"trees and assorted 15 gal standard local species. Any suggestions?

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GeeS 9b

Moon Valley has lots of trees. If you're going xeric, I can tell you where to find all manner of great cacti, Agaves, Yuccas and such; otherwise, I'm not much help. There is a fine cactus nursery right in Surprise, if you're interested.

Here is a link that might be useful: Surprise Cactus Nursery

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 11:29PM
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Avoid Moon Valley - they will sell you lots of things that will not survive here. Their sales staff is rude and knows very little about planting.

The reason the stock is depleted is that fall is our prime planting time for trees. Spring is coming, so make your plans and place your orders.

Baker's in Central Phoenix is excellent. They will place orders for you from those wholesale growers.

I'm not familiar with the nurseries in that part of the valley, but I've had good plants from Summer Winds.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 11:51AM
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When it comes to trees, I've had great luck with some of the small growers on craigslist.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 1:41PM
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Centurion_(Verde Valley AZ Z8)

RSI is local to you. He doesn't have a huge selection, but his plants are all suited to our area. I bought some trees from him when I lived in Lake Havasu. I felt at the time it was wsorth the trip to his nursery. Now that I'm in Cottonwood, I would do it again.

Check out his website.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:09PM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

I also buy from RSI Growers and give Reid 5 stars for knowledge, approach-ability and service.

Here is a link that might be useful: RSI Growers

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 9:02PM
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Try Sunrise tree nursery it's off Grand and 163rd ave I believe in Surprise , I get a lot of my plant material there , big place lots of stock. Ask for Tony

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 12:03PM
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