With a degree in landscape architecture from Washington State and more than 20 years of experience, Chris McAuslan crafts custom designs for both residential and commercial properties. When he isn't stocking his nursery with beautiful trees and shrubs, he installs landscape lighting, waterfalls, synthetic grass, and eco-friendly, solar-powered flowers.
Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.
For more than 70 years, Wells Nursery has decked yards and gardens with a lush selection of distinctive plant and tree species, many of which were discovered and cultivated by Wells Nursery’s co-founder Harold Wells and director of operations Neil Hall. Lovingly adorn lawns with decorative grasses ($9.99/1-gal. pot), or splash front yards with more color than biweekly family paintball fights with evergreen azaleas ($9.99/1-gal. pot). Wells' vegetation virtuosos propagate more than 150 acres of plants on-site to ensure vitality and quality, including a crop of fragrant grafted conifers. The Wells Green Prince ($90+), a slow-growing Lebanon cedar, fits perfectly in small gardens or large pairs of pants, and the Wells Green Knight ($125+), a symmetrical oriental spruce, helps ring in holidays and Tuesday afternoons.