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VISIT SONORAN WATER GARDENS - we are located approximately 60 miles from either Tucson or Phoenix, Arizona

View of Sawtooth Mountains from our Nursery Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) Summer Thunderstorm

PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE VISITING OUR NURSERY:          Call us:     Toll Free (855) 328-9138   or   (520) 464-4511

We encourage you to visit Sonoran Water Gardens where you can explore our nursery and personally select your plants and fish.  Please understand the attention of our limited staff is always in high demand, especially on the days we pack and ship orders of living products (usually Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays) as these packages must be ready when USPS, UPS or FedEx comes to pick them up, usually between noon and 2:00 pm.

Therefore we recommend that you visit us on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays when you will have a much better opportunity to explore our demonstration ponds, plants and fish and we will have more time to spend with you and help you get the most out of your visit! For more information and suggestions for visiting us and buying aquatic plants and fish, Click here.

MON-TUES:   CLOSED          WEDS - FRI:    By Appointment ONLY           SAT:   9:00am - 5:00pm           SUN:  11:00am - 4:00pm


From Phoenix:

Take Interstate 10 (I-10) East to Exit #200 — Sunland Gin Road. Turn right (south)

From Tucson:

Take Interstate 10 (I-10) West to Exit #200 — Sunland Gin Road. Turn left (south)

From San Diego, CA / Yuma, AZ:

Merge from Interstate 8 (I-8) East to Interstate 10 (I-10) East. The next exit is #200 — Sunland Gin Road. Turn right (south)


Continue south on Sunland Gin Road through Arizona City and towards the Silver Bell Mountains (about 16 miles) where Sunland Gin Road curves to the right (west) and becomes Aires Drive.

In 2.5 miles, turn left (south) on Henness Road. In one mile, turn right on Scorpio Ave. We are the first driveway on the right (north) side of Scorpio.


Map is not to scale.  All distances are approximate.

NURSERY ADDRESS:   13134 West Scorpio Avenue -- Silverbell  AZ   85131-3232


Collared Lizards

Collared Lizards

Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis)

Desert Iguana

Western Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus)

Western Banded Gecko



Bullfrog (Rana castebiana)


Sonoran River Toad (Bufo alvarius)

Sonoran River Toad


Javelina (Collared Peccary)

Gambel's Quail

Gambel’s Quail

Sonoran Jackrabbit

Antelope Jackrabbit

Lesser Goldfinch

Lesser Goldfinch

Bobcat (Lynx rufus)


Coyote (Canis latrans)


During the season (March-October) you can expect to see hundreds of waterlilies in bloom on any given day. Most waterlilies open their flowers by 10:00 in the morning, making late morning to early afternoon the best time to see lots of flowers. Many of the hardy waterlilies begin to close around 4:00 in the afternoon, where most tropical varieties will remain open until sunset. Night blooming tropical waterlily flowers and Victorias are best viewed very early in the morning until about 10:00am when the flowers close.

Sonoran Water Gardens has become an oasis and home to a variety of wildlife and a paradise for bird and reptile enthusiasts.  The diversity of wildlife here never fails to amaze us. Many types of birds, including but not limited to red tailed hawks, burrowing owls, Gambel quail, roadrunners, finches, hummingbirds, herons and egrets frequent our gardens. We have identified more than a dozen lizard species at Sonoran Water Gardens; desert iguana, chuckwalla, collard lizard, zebra tailed lizard, whiptail lizard, horned lizard, Gila monster and banded gecko to name a few.  Bobcats, jackrabbits, javelinas and coyotes also make frequent stops here. 

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