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Green Things: A whole lot more than a houseplant nursery

Posted at 3:06 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 17:06:21-05

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. In keeping with our roots as a Truck Farm, Green Things is one of the last remaining producers of poinsettias in Arizona. Over 25,000 poinsettias are produced annually at our plant nursery, and are distributed throughout the state. Beyond poinsettias for the holiday season, Green Things produces Christmas Cactus, Cyclamen, Paper Whites, Succulent Gift Bowls and many other holiday treats! We are truly Tucson’s destination for living gifts. In 2018 we acquired Zócalo, a fine Mexican imports company, and moved it over to 5 buildings on our 13 acre property, making Green Things a Home and Garden destination.

Easily accessible from the Rillito River Path between Brandi Fenton Park and the Tucson Racquet Club, our plant nursery is a relaxing respite from every day city life. Home to 33 greenhouses and a huge 13 acres of growing grounds, Green Things is chock full of plants of all types, and pottery from around the world. We search the globe for new pottery and garden art design styles; travelling from the plant nursery to Mexico, Europe, Asia and South America throughout each year. Talavera direct from Oaxaca, Puebla, and Dolores Hidalgo is available in a myriad of sizes, shapes, colors and designs. Vietnamese pottery, Buddha Heads, stone and ceramic animal figures, gazing balls, and ornamental plants such as mushrooms can be found in our 4000 square foot nursery retail building. Cool in the summer and warm in the winter, our 100,000 square feet of covered greenhouse space is sure to delight regardless of the season!

With 45 years of operation under 3 owners, Green Things has survived economic downturn and a continually evolving business model to emerge as one of Tucson’s pre-eminent Garden Center plant nurseries. Starting out as a Truck Farm distributing color plants to local super markets and Farmer’s Markets. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, Green Things grew as a distributor of Poinsettias and Houseplants to grocery chain stores throughout Arizona. Today, Green Things thrives as a major retail and wholesale plant nursery and Garden Center serving the central, west and northwest areas of the Greater Tucson Metropolitan area.