Four reasons to visit Phoenix's Berridge Nurseries

Stock your kitchen herb garden or find the perfect garden pot

Berridge Cactus

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1. One-stop herb shopping

A sweet acacia shelters the herb section at Berridge, which sells up to 100 varieties during peak spring season. Look for common herbs― thymes, basils, mints―and more exotic ones like culantro (a cilantro relative), epazote, and lemongrass.

2. Find cool cactus

Small cactus―perfect for containers―are another specialty at Berridge. Picks include ghostly white old man cactus (Cephalocereus senilis, in pot on stand) and gnarled Cereus peruvianus.  

Berridge Herb

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3. Stock your kitchen garden

A shopper in Berridge’s herb section selects a choice fennel starter.

Terra Cotta Pots

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4. Elevate your pots

High-fired Asian terra-cotta pots are big sellers at Berridge. But they’re actually just a small part of its great container collection, which includes modern, glazed, and Italian styles.

Editor's Picks

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Where to go for:

Bach’s Cactus Nursery (closed Sun; 8602 N. Thornydale Rd., Tucson; or 520/744-3333). Rare and exotic cactus for collectors; also small plants for dish gardens, all on a 10-acre desert site.  

Desert Survivors (closed Sun; 1020 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson; or 520/791- 9309). Plants native to southern Arizona, including Baja fairy duster, chuparosa, and Chihuahuan honeysuckle.

B&B Cactus Farm (11550 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson; or 520/721-4687). Impressive selection of agaves, aloes, cactus, euphorbias, and yuccas, plus pottery and demo gardens.

Santa Fe Greenhouses (closed Sun; 2904 Rufina St., Santa Fe; or 505/473-2700). The flagship store of High Country Gardens ( sells unthirsty perennials, shrubs, trees, and vines, all adapted to high-desert climates. Display gardens, garden tours.

(Pictured: Berridge Nursery, Phoenix)

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