Garden Tours

It’s Garden Tour season; last weekend Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine held their annual Grand Tour of Gardens.  The weather was perfect and the gardens were enchanting.  Here are three of them.

This hacienda was built in 1915 by William J. Murphy; the builder of the Arizona Canal.  A portion of the house is believed to be one of four original buildings built in 1895 serving as a gate house for the stage station.  Today it is hidden behind walls and is reminiscent of San Miguel de Allende.

1.  Entrance into the front courtyard through antique gates and guarded by a Canterra stone cat; one of many.

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2.  One of three vegetable gardens adjacent to the front courtyard.


3.  Private patio with tropical plantings on east side of home.


4.  Immense shaded pool area with smaller seating spaces surrounded by huge mature Eucalyptus trees.


5.  Hand painted romantic fireplace at the rear patio.


6.  BBQ Ramada with Talavera tile and antique Mexican carved wooden posts set in lush tropical plants.


Artist Janet Orr’s spectacular home is a reflection of her art and creativity.  Tucked behind a rusted metal security gate this home is surrounded by Sonoran plants and colorful ceramics.

7.  Real and metal Barrel Cacti plantings in front courtyard.


8.  Lush Sonoran plants around the pool.


9.  One of many unique art pieces hidden in the native Sage & Chaparral.


10.  There is habitat for 17 Desert Tortoises; this is the smaller juvenile habitat.


This “Old Arizona” home is hidden behind native desert vegetation at the end of a narrow road.  Composed of several buildings and inviting areas for dining and relaxing this home has sweeping views of the McDowellMountains and FourPeaks.

11. Front courtyard dining area with potted geraniums and desert cacti.


12.  Golden barrels, yuccas and penstemons in the front courtyard.


13.  Pool area with casita in background.


14.  BBQ and dining area.