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About Harlow Gardens

During 1937-38, John M. Harlow, Sr. and his wife Mary Louise traveled throughout the Southwest looking for a winter location to augment the limited growing season for their Duluth, Minnesota, landscape business. Tucson beckoned them and, in the nearly 70 years since, the Harlows and their associates have created one of the Southwest’s most widely-known and respected landscape design and installation companies, along with a one-of-a-kind garden store and nursery.

After starting at 89 E. Alameda, John Sr. purchased a piece of property in 1947 “way out of town” at 5620 E. Pima to which the business moved in 1957, and then acquired the corner lot at Pima and Jefferson (formerly a church) in 1988, establishing the beautiful park-like setting you see today.

The Harlow children and their mother Mary Louise all worked in the business at various times. On Sundays for many years, twin brothers (and future Harlow owners) John, Jr. and William C. (Bill) Harlow would ride to Bisbee with John, Sr., to learn the business and help sell bare root roses out of the back of the company’s truck.

Since those humble beginnings, John, Jr. and Bill have risen in their industry to serve as presidents of the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association and the Arizona Nursery Association, respectively.  Both were inducted into their Association’s Halls of Fame, and have individually won many prestigious awards from local, state and national organizations. John C. Harlow, Bill’s son, is the third generation of Harlow Gardens to be involved in the business. Look for more about our other award-winning designers on the Landscaping page.

Over the years, key commercial projects included the Pioneer Hotel, Pueblo Gardens, Tucson Medical Center, University of Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and our largest project ever – Foothills Mall. We have also designed and installed landscaping at over 2,000 private residences in Tucson and Southern Arizona, and have been recognized with over 75 local, state, and national awards for landscaping excellence. The heart and soul of our business has always been its custom residential work, and in 1982 we decided to focus exclusively on serving this market.

We upgraded and polished our company’s look and logo a few times over the years: we want to stay current and – better yet – fresh for our friends and customers. We recently expanded our “revolutionary” Home Décor, Gift and Garden Store, and were recognized for being one of Tucson’s best places to work. And, our “Garden Wizards” cheerfully and tirelessly provide you with the most extraordinary service, thoughtful and useful answers to your questions, and the best-loved plants in all of Tucson.

Being a Harlow Gardens client means that you are entitled to our utmost care, protection and guidance throughout the entire experience. We are gratified by the honors and recognition we have received, and humbled by the trust given us by you, our friends and clients. We look forward to designing and furnishing an outdoor space you love!

Needed a cute house type plant in a nice pot for a gift. Arrived at Harlow Gardens, found the perfect plant, pot and they even potted it for me (for a reasonable cost). The best part? The recipient loved the gift! Outstanding customer service. So many options there as well.
Jessica Munger
Jessica Munger
2018-06-28T15:54:48+0000
Thank you so much Debbie and Omar at Harlows for helping me put on our best employee event all year! Your preparation and fun personalities made the planting event a great bonding experience for our office and our families. With all of the positive feedback from the employees I think we will plan another outing with you guys in the spring for Herb Gardens. Anyone who is looking for a great experience with pleasant staff and a beautiful setting you do not need to look any further Harlow Gardens is your place!
Cassandra Martin Alvarez
Cassandra Martin Alvarez
2018-06-23T17:35:21+0000
Larry Donahue
Larry Donahue
2018-06-03T15:31:38+0000
Biggest Texas Ebony in Tucson! Fantastic plant selection and such beautiful home decor. Plus the Garden Wizards know EVERYTHING about plants and growing in Tucson.A true Tucson gem!
Micaela Machado
Micaela Machado
2018-04-30T18:33:52+0000
Katherine L Kutyba
Katherine L Kutyba
2018-03-17T04:40:44+0000
Great place, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Can’t wait to go back again.
Arturo Gabaldon
Arturo Gabaldon
2018-03-11T03:25:34+0000
Heather Waite Mann
Heather Waite Mann
2018-02-22T07:51:36+0000
Marilyn Bowie Martin
Marilyn Bowie Martin
2018-02-08T03:15:13+0000
Beautiful plants shrubs flowers at reasonable prices...
Stephanie Fuller
Stephanie Fuller
2017-11-06T19:37:37+0000
Amazing people. Super helpful. Lovely plants. The event for Easter was a special treat.
Jodi Kautz
Jodi Kautz
2017-04-16T17:44:29+0000
Harlow Gardens is fabulous. It's small, but they really make the most of the space they have and I have almost always been able to find what I am looking for here.The staff is friendly and the plants are very good quality. I bought my veggie starts here this spring and even though the section is smaller, the varieties were ones that have reputations for being excellent in both quantity and quality. All the plants I've bought from here have thrived in the garden.Also - the prices are a bit less than I've seen elsewhere.
Alyson RH
Alyson RH
2017-04-03T22:28:42+0000
Susan J Bullers
Susan J Bullers
2017-03-30T04:08:37+0000
Nothing prettier for an outdoors concert they totally outdo themselves.
Kim Larson
Kim Larson
2017-03-06T00:56:18+0000
Friendly staff ever. Every employee acknowledged me and asked if I needed any help, told them thanks this is my serene place!
Andrea Martin Rudolph
Andrea Martin Rudolph
2017-01-19T01:19:43+0000
Always beautiful flowers, pots and creative ideas to find here, ,excellent gift shop, and small enough to find well trained and knowledgeable staff with questions!
Barbara Barnes
Barbara Barnes
2016-12-07T01:49:12+0000
This place is magical. It's not like any other nursery you've been to. It isn't just a bunch of straight rows of plants. It's well thought out to give you a magical experience as you stroll the passage way around the gardens and your mind wanders away with ideas of creating your own hide away in your backyard or a cleverly planted nook in your front courtyard that allows you to sit outside and watch the sun come up to birds chirping and butterflies flying around or to watch our gorgeous sunsets.In any case, you're sure to find a plant or yard decorations to give your outdoors that finishing touch you've been longing for. Stop by Harlow Gardens and take a little magic home with you.
Michelle Martin
Michelle Martin
2016-09-25T07:31:37+0000
Dionne Majalca-Williams
Dionne Majalca-Williams
2016-05-29T00:36:20+0000
We just had some irrigation repair and maintenance done by their excellent staff. They arrived exactly when they said they would and fixed everything for a very fair price.
Laurie Charlton
Laurie Charlton
2016-05-21T11:58:45+0000
Super helpful and friendly staff! I always find something beautiful to take home!
Diane E. Herrera
Diane E. Herrera
2016-05-05T04:56:55+0000
We love Harlows! From all the beautiful plants, trees, edibles, flowers, cacti, succulents to the awesome garden shop with lots of treasures to always be found. We also love all the events for children ~ so much fun! Our little loves all things plants & is always excited to go ~ thank you. Shop local 🙂
Kelly Dewey
Kelly Dewey
2016-03-26T18:29:23+0000
I loved my experience with all the beautifully displayed merchandise and grounds. Prices were good! What a treat!!!
Debbie Moore
Debbie Moore
2016-02-13T13:58:54+0000
I'm sorry Donna DeConcini had such an unfortunate time at Harlow's. I think it is quite unique, and I've always had good luck with what I've purchased there. When I'm in need of gardening advice, I just look for one of the hard working people, and they are always willing to stop what they are doing and take care of my gardening questions. I'm not usually dressed in anything special nor do I receive any special considerations, just the answers to my questions, however long it may take. I'm sure one could go to almost any nursery and find some plants that are almost dead if that's what one is looking for, and I'm sure in the middle of June that wouldn't be hard to do. My only complaint is when they have sales, I can't go to them as I have to park too far away and can't walk the distance to get back to the nursery. I love Harlow's whether it is browsing through their gift store, choosing pots or garden art, or selecting plants. I've also enjoyed some of their special events.
Patricia O'Flaherty
Patricia O'Flaherty
2016-01-06T22:26:37+0000
I have always been well served by Harlow's....There are knowledgeable and patient persons to educate the gardener in what selections to make and useful advice on how to be successful in tending plants. And, Harlows was founded in the year of my birth...I appreciate their history ...
Rita Roberta Robinson
Rita Roberta Robinson
2016-01-05T18:54:18+0000
Denise Anderson
Denise Anderson
2015-11-12T16:21:15+0000
Kate D'Addamio
Kate D'Addamio
2015-09-12T19:52:48+0000
Sandy Glasser
Sandy Glasser
2015-08-05T22:45:36+0000
Mareesha Stearns
Mareesha Stearns
2015-06-03T00:19:51+0000
Ddraig Raven Silverwheel Phillips
Ddraig Raven Silverwheel Phillips
2014-04-05T05:58:21+0000
I stopped by today for the first time and was amazed! What a little piece of paradise. I can't wait for spring - I'll be back.
Deane Alban
Deane Alban
2014-01-25T03:04:43+0000
Deborah Bowman Bell
Deborah Bowman Bell
2014-01-06T17:50:22+0000
Ariana Patton
Ariana Patton
2013-12-28T02:29:48+0000
Pat Chott Nelson
Pat Chott Nelson
2013-11-12T16:00:15+0000
Widad Kharrat
Widad Kharrat
2013-10-20T03:12:41+0000
Danni Dantzler Chandler
Danni Dantzler Chandler
2013-10-08T21:28:19+0000
Phil Herbas
Phil Herbas
2013-10-03T18:20:03+0000
Came in for the first time in years for some vegetable seed since I moved to the area. Awesome selection. Will be back for the summer season next year for seeds!
Felicia Chapman-Garcia
Felicia Chapman-Garcia
2013-08-31T22:46:41+0000
Suzanne Wolf-rodriguez
Suzanne Wolf-rodriguez
2013-08-13T02:39:39+0000
Jennifer Williams
Jennifer Williams
2013-08-11T01:19:16+0000
Karen Jukes
Karen Jukes
2013-07-19T12:40:58+0000
Phil Smith
Phil Smith
2013-07-15T18:05:28+0000
Heather A. Strong
Heather A. Strong
2013-06-17T17:49:06+0000
Grecia Fimbres
Grecia Fimbres
2013-06-02T08:14:10+0000
Ginger May Finn
Ginger May Finn
2013-05-28T22:44:00+0000
Lisa Wabick
Lisa Wabick
2013-05-14T03:00:45+0000
Donald Hotz Jr
Donald Hotz Jr
2013-04-26T14:20:03+0000
Michelle Elliott
Michelle Elliott
2013-04-15T21:14:01+0000
Chris Eirschele
Chris Eirschele
2013-04-03T18:35:47+0000
Marcia Chan
Marcia Chan
2013-03-26T15:40:48+0000
Wendy Dunham
Wendy Dunham
2013-03-13T07:38:43+0000
Charline Profiri
Charline Profiri
2012-11-26T18:33:48+0000