Tended by horticultural hubbies Bob and Gayle Kramer (and their dog Jasper), Little Red Farm Nursery houses a bevy of botanical betterments well equipped to spruce up any lackluster landscape. Add height and interest to lawn layouts with a 3–25 gallon tree (starting at $19.99+), or a 1–10 gallon shrub (starting at $8.99+). Or deck a deck with a hanging basket, dripping with enough jewel-toned blossoms to make Elizabeth Taylor marry it twice ($24.99–$39.99).
At Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm, Bob and Lynn Schutte oversee a bustling cornucopia of flora and fauna perched alongside the Willamette River. Christmas trees in the varieties of Noble, Grand, Douglas, and Fraser Fir, as well Scotch Pine, sprawl over half of the 162-acre stead, while the rest is home to turkeys, chickens, and 85 Angus/Hereford Cross cows, raised for USDA-certified grass-fed beef. When not searching for Christmas trees or loading up on local cuts of meat, folks can pay visits to the farm to see the animals and the pet the plants during field trips and on Colonial Harvest Day, a fall celebration complete with live music, food vendors, and hayrides.
Acres of blueberries sprawl across the scenic landscape at Blondie's Blooms & Berries Nursery, where staffers or guests pick five different types of the deep-blue fruit. Customers can also purchase pints and flats of the berries at the Eugene farmers' market each Saturday. In addition to jewel-toned snacks, the nursery stocks a verdant selection of Japanese maples, hanging baskets, and fragrant perennials. FoxFarm organic sprays, fertilizers, and soil help nourish tiny seedlings, and burbling fountains and decorative garden art add a touch of zen to drab backyards and fallout shelters.
Mowing, edging, weeding, pruning, fertilizing, debris removal. The full-lawn service from JP LawnCare leaves no inch of a yard untouched. Typically, two workers tackle each lawn-based job, though larger-scale jobs, such as tree removal or asking a giraffe to chew leaves elsewhere, may require more hands. JP LawnCare also schedules regular mowing and lawn-care services.
In 1870, James and Charlotte Peery purchased 80 acres of land along Crabtree Creek and created a homestead for their family. Little did they know that, over the years, this homestead would pass down through five generations.
Today, Century Farm Equestrian Center stands on the same land the Peerys bought nearly 150 years ago. Horseback riding is the name of the game here, with lessons available for beginners as well as seasoned veterans. Western riding lessons take place in an enclosed arena and on trails that wind through the property. Students can also spend time bonding and exchanging email addresses with the horses at summer camp.
Beautiful sylvan surroundings and ample training space greet visitors eager to jump in the saddle for Triple Rise Equestrian Center’s hunter/jumper lessons. Owner Rachel Marcotte, an Equestrian Studies graduate of Centenery College, ensures that her grounds and programs stay orderly and ride-ready. This focus on professionalism is what first attracted the University of Oregon Equestrian Team, which now calls the center its home turf. Though fit for highly competitive equestrians, the center also caters to the everyday rider with tailored programs and lessons. Students learn proper technique inside a 70 x 200m indoor arena or in the large outdoor arena, trotting upon footing that’s replaced every six months in order to keep it fresh and cover up any tracks to the platinum horseshoes that are buried in the middle. Youngsters ages 6 to 12 can also make a smooth foray into the sport or brush up on already-acquired skills during five-day summer camps.