Digging for Green: An Urban Garden Oasis

Written by Bryce Bozadjian Category: Culture Issue: October 2015
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Photo by Bryce BozadjianWant some color in your parched yard or barren windowsill flower box but don’t want to purchase from a commonplace conglomeration? Search no further. DIG IT Urban Gardens and Nursery celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, October 3, and it aims to be the go-to place for all of your gardening goodies.

The horticultural hub, co-founded by Ryan Jerrell and Tim Bishop, has it all: cacti, fruit trees, vegetables, organic gardening supplies and locally grown materials from its 5-acre farm in south Phoenix. DIG IT also plans to host art and food events, along with gardening seminars.

“It went so well,” Jerrell says of the launch. “The support of the community was far beyond expectations.” Jerrell and Bishop designed DIG IT’s 22,000 square feet as a boutique nursery with high-quality products and knowledgeable staff. A bonus for the eco-conscious: Product packaging is recycled, biodegradable, compostable and/or generally more environmentally friendly than competitors.

Photo by Bryce BozadjianThe green-thumb masterminds behind DIG IT have 30 years of combined experience. They hope to partner with and support other businesses in the area, noting their goal “to continue to develop local relationships so DIG IT can give back to our neighbors,” Jerrell says.

Bishop's and Jerrell's focus on community and customer service is reflected in the pottery, trellises and steel art from local artists sold there. “Phoenix is a young city that is emerging with new developments and projects daily. DIG IT is so excited to be a part of that energy,” Jerrell says. Customers will be digging up the desert in no time.

If you go:
DIG IT Urban Gardens & Nursery
3015 N. 16th St., Phoenix AZ 85016


Photo by Bryce Bozadjian