2831 East Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona 85716
(behind Jen’s Organic Home & Baby)
We are a locally-owned, family business. We mostly grow plants native to the SW USA and Mexico, though we also grow some edible plants, and a few botanical curiosities. Our emphasis is growing plants that support wildlife. We never use pesticides, and grow our plants with organic plant foods.
Native plant nerd and horticulturist Peter Gierlach (Petey Mesquitey) began Spadefoot Nursery in 1996 after moving from Tucson to the Apacheria in Cochise County. For the past few years his plants have mostly been available at the Bisbee Farmers’ Market.
In 2018, his daughter Katy and her partner Jared (a trained botanist) decided to expand the Spadefoot brand and sell plants in Tucson. Today they all collaborate to make native plants (as well as heirloom garden vegetables and herbs) available in southern Arizona. During 2018, Katy and Jared were selling plants in Tucson at pop-up sales around town. As of July 1, 2019, they are now located in a retail space behind Jen’s Organic Home & Baby at 2831 E. Broadway Blvd. in Tucson. Spadefoot Nursery strives to be a safe and inclusive space for flora, fauna, and human alike.
Spadefoot’s mission is more than just selling plants. Spadefoot aims to help you create a safe space in your own corner of the world for the wild to exist; whether you live in the desert, foothills, or in an urban area. We also provide heirloom vegetables and herbs.
founder and grower.
Petey is the manager of the Chihuahuan office (in Cochise County) mostly responsible for propagation, though he can sometimes be found at the Bisbee Farmers' Market
business manager and marketing. Daughter of Peter, Katy handles all aspects of business and sales at the Sonoran office
grower and marketing. Son-in-law of Peter, Jared is responsible for propagation and sales in the Sonoran office (Tucson, Arizona).