We are a locally-owned, family business.
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 he began to work with his daughter Katy Gierlach, and son-in-law Jared McKinley to 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 the spring and summer of 2018, Katy and Jared will be selling plants in Tucson at pop-up sales around town, and starting May 5, will be at the new MSA Annex every Saturday. Check our calendar for other dates.
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.
Pima County sales
Cochise County sales
Address: retail location in Tucson coming soon.
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 selling plants.
business manager and marketing. Daughter of Peter, Katy handles all aspects of business and sales at the Sonoran office (Tucson, Arizona).
grower and marketing. Son-in-law of Peter, Jared is responsible for propagation and sales in the Sonoran office (Tucson, Arizona).