In November, Harlow Gardens ushered in a momentous 80-year milestone and celebrated with a bash full of merriment and smiles. The Tucson, Arizona-based garden center has provided many years of service to its community and the family-run business continues to flourish. Originally founded in 1939 as a landscape design firm, Harlow’s has also added a retail nursery and gift shop. With a business this booming, the Harlow family doesn’t show signs of slowing down any time soon.

“We’ve seen a lot of changes in landscape practices, both nationally and here in the Southwest,” Bill Harlow said in a press release. Bill owns Harlow Gardens with his twin brother, John M. Harlow Jr., and his son, John C. Harlow. “It’s been an honor to be a part of this industry and provide for our customers the best practices we’ve developed over the decades,” he said. Check out some of the photos from the 80th “birthday” party as Harlow’s celebrated its big day.

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Senior Landscape Designer Clay Thompson and Retail Manager Debbie Mounce celebrate the big event.
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Henry Pesqueira worked at Harlow’s for more than 40 years as a horticulture specialist.
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Julie Johnson stands beside John M. Harlow, Jr. She is the daughter of Ruth Barrett, the company’s first landscaping customer.
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The Tucson Jr. Strings, a group composed of junior high school students, play during the event.
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A 16-year-old plays the blues for the celebrating crowd on his guitar.
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