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October 2017 picks for the Gardener

Author: Shayla Hyde
Issue: October, 2017, Page 124
SONORAN STEELLocal artisan Ryan Floyd has given new life to one of the Southwest’s original denizens—the agave. His metal sculpture captures the iconic symmetry and undeniable beauty of the desert dweller’s leaves and blossoms, which can hold votive candles for a stunning nighttime garden or patio accent. Available in two sizes: 30"H and 60"H. $62-$275 (

“How to Grow More Vegetables” (Ten Speed Press) is an indispensable resource for Southwest gardeners. The updated and revised ninth edition includes new information on bio-intensive, sustainable, high-yield organic gardening; water conservation; increasing compost power; and more. $22 (
LIFE BEYOND THE VINEYARDRepurposed from locally rescued wine bottles, the handmade Refresh Planter ensures botanical bounty by self-watering plants for up to two weeks. A boon for indoor herb gardens and tropical plants that favor damp soil, each eco-friendly vessel includes complete instructions for simple set-up. $20 (

DESERT REFRESHER Made from prickly pear fruit, True Nopal Cactus Water is an authentically Arizonan way to keep cool. This 16.9-ounce thirst quencher is light, refreshing and 100 percent natural. It is packed with potassium, electrolytes and antioxidants; has about half the calories and sugar of the leading brand of coconut water; and is also vegan and gluten-free. $43/12-pack (
MEANINGFUL MINERAL Designed and crafted by Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner Otto Rigan, the Angel Rock Memorial integrates natural desert river rock with mirrored glass to celebrate a beloved pet, commemorate a life milestone or mark a personal event. Beneath an engravable glass disc is a small reliquary in which to store ashes, mementos or keepsakes. Available in four stone and glass color options, and three sizes from approximately 5" to 12" in diameter, this monument is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. $220-$550

POOLSIDE PANACHEHeavy, bulky outdoor furniture is so 20th century. Lightweight, stackable and UV ray-resistant, the Yumi Occasional Chair and Ottoman bring polypropylene playfulness to patios, poolscapes and posh indoor pads. Whether you choose white, gray or orange—or mix and match all three colors—you’ll be sitting pretty all year long. $158 chair; $88/ottoman (

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