Armed with an arsenal of equipment and years of experience, Petersen Home Services’ expert fixer uppers keep area domiciles in good shape. Insisting that no job is too small, Petersen Home Services’ crew descends upon homes to perform handyman services that range from repairing damaged flooring to winterizing windows, as well as power washing exteriors to clear grime and eavesdropping neighbors out of nooks and crannies.
Sown since 1919, Johnson's Orchards' 200 fertile acres buttress the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills and checker the landscape with thousands of apple trees. Patrons hand-select 10 pounds of nearly 200 varieties of apples, ensuring the fruits suit specific standards for weight, hue and doctor-repelling abilities. After stocking up on apples, visitors are welcome to meander the foot trails cutting through the orchard, while tots encouragingly pat the heads of amiable farm animals. Visitors can also tipple cold cider straight from the press and weigh down restless hot air balloons with jellies, relishes, and 25 different fruit wines from the on-site winery. A picnic pavilion affords idyllic views and a space to dive into vitamin-packed feasts.
A lawn-care technician from Lawn Doctor will diagnose personal pasture issues and provide customized services to improve yard appearance and health. To stimulate growth in receding grass lines, the power-seeding service spreads seeds throughout thinning yards for maximum germination to improve appearance and eschew lawn-sized baseball caps ($25+). Technicians can also seed undernourished plots with a fortifying fertilizer treatment ($50+), or aerate soil to allow for deeper root growth, easier nutrient access, and more ammo during slingshot fights.
Since 1998, landscape specialists Glenn and Donna Claeys of The Garden Outlet have shared their horticultural expertise with customers who want to bring the outdoors indoors while also beautifying their property. The duo operates throughout the year, tending to flowering annual and perennial plants, trees, shrubs, and vines, while also offering seasonal items such as Christmas trees and Halloween pumpkins, the latter of which must be plucked before they hatch into Thanksgiving turkeys. Though The Garden Outlet staff supplies customers with landscape materials and tools, they also professionally install plants, walkways, and patios. In addition, the gardening designers create elaborate arrangements for weddings and other formal events.
For 20 years, Ellen Ashley has pursued and shared her passion for gardening by tending and teaching in her own 10-acre paradise, which houses thousands of plants in nine types of gardens. Ashley's interest in flora ignited when she was a youngster in rural Virginia, where she watched her father grow vegetables and fruit trees while her mother raised flowers and tutored wood nymphs. After retiring from a career in technical sales, Ashley dedicated herself full time to her planting passion, both at home and in the community. Her decade of activity with the Guilford Horticultural Society has included lecturing on subjects such as butterfly gardens, seed saving, and herbs.
After their wedding, Michael and Amy Helton planned to take a month-long hiatus from their careers as art teachers to visit Southern France. On the trip, however, they discovered a passion for viticulture and Old World winemaking that ended up transforming their lives. When they returned home, they did their research, purchased land in the Yadkin Valley, then planted vines and tastefully transformed the old farmhouse, built in 1897, into a tasting room. In 2000, several years after the trip that changed their lives, they opened their doors to the public, serving their very first harvest of original wines made to honor the flavors they discovered in France.