Civano Nursery’s Humble Beginnings

Civano Nursery is a family owned and operated business.

Civano Nursery has been open since 1999 and we have gone through a lot of changes over the years. Running a business can be a challenge, but it has been one that we have enjoyed every step of the way. Now gone from single, to married, to driving kids in a minivan! Life has taught me the importance of having a place that you can shop at that has a little something for everyone. That’s why we have a play area for the little ones, a putting green for the older ones and an abundance of plants for the avid gardener. If you don’t feel like digging a hole, no problem! We can design it, deliver it, and plant it for you.

The majority of the plants found at our garden center have been grown by my younger brother Nick at our 70 acre Sahuarita farm. He really has a passion for plants, and it shows in the quality and variety of plants that he chooses for each season. He has propagated some great new trees for smaller spaces: the Leslie Roy Mesquite (named after Dad), The Sweet Katie Burgundy Desert Willow (named after Nick’s wife), and The Doris D Willow Acacia (named after Mom).

How did we get here? Well it all started with our Dad Les Shipley, who taught us the value of a hard day’s  work and the joy of growing plants. At a very young age my brothers and I could be found running through the greenhouses or potting up plants. We’ve just always been exposed to agriculture and the joy of growing plants. Now it’s our turn to pass it down to our children and teach them what our father taught us. That’s why we strive to provide a family atmosphere that enlightens, inspires, and ultimately guides you to a successful garden.

The Boys

We truly love what we do, and our garden professionals are as passionate as we are about gardening. If you want to learn more about gardening in our climate come down to Civano Nursery and let us show you how.

Chris Shipley