The professional lawn-care experts from Green Lawn Fertilizing employ landscaping prowess to meet the needs of any tree, shrub, or plot of grass. Homeowners keep their lawns green and free of weeds posing as boutonnieres with the outfit's array of lawn-care programs, and shoo away pests with the flea-and-tick program. Green Lawn also warms green thumbs by participating in the annual Renewal & Remembrance Project at Arlington National Cemetery, an event that honors fallen troops by planting, aerating, and spreading lime across the cemetery's 200 acres.
Plants and flowers symbolize new life, so it's only fitting that City Planter resides inside a converted old warehouse, transforming what would be a dusty, vacant space into a vibrant gardener's paradise. Inside, the neighborhood nursery's friendly staff members readily share their wisdom and help clients select the perfect house plant for the living room, rose for the garden, and orchid for the dog house.
The green thumbs also encourage customers to stop by with pictures of their space and they will help design a garden sanctuary. If visiting the store isn't possible, staffers will plant your plant in a container and deliver it to your door.
With a sprawling selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vegetables, and more, Frey’s Greenhouse has helped gardeners spruce up their yards for more than 40 years. Blooming geraniums ($3.49) and other annuals set up shop year after year, and perennials such as impatiens ($1.49 for a 4-pack) can hardly wait to host summertime garden parties. Visitors may choose from dozens of hanging baskets to adorn decks, porches, and doghouses with brilliant splashes of color ($23.95 for 12”). More than 50 types of veggie plants, including cucumbers ($1.49) and lettuce ($0.99 per seed packet), help salads freshen up, and just-picked rosemary transforms shy pork chops into barbecue celebrities ($2.89). Friendly staff members help shoppers navigate the 25,000-square-foot space, unearthing glazed Malaysian pottery ($19.95) and locating the perfect shovels for pint-size diggers' sandboxes. They’re also happy to provide advice on fertilizer use, pest prevention, and recovery of runaway garden gnomes.
In 1937, Milton Hershey, founder of the eponymous chocolate company, wanted to build a "nice garden of roses," so the 3.5-acre Hershey Gardens were born. Over time, it has grown into a 23-acre paradise filled with seasonal flowers such 5,000 rose bushes and 30,000 tulips. Themed gardens welcome visitors of every taste to wander among ornamental rocks and grasses or smell aromatic herbs. The Children's Garden features hideaways and whimsical characters to enliven imaginations, and the Butterfly House, which opens May 23, shelters hundreds of North American butterflies in a walkthrough exhibit every summer.
At Plow Farms, families stroll through a sea of 6-foot–8-foot douglas firs in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Board a sleigh-bell-bedecked hayride that bobs and weaves along paths like a scarecrow playing basketball before reaching a field of potential present shelters. Customers may use a proffered saw to separate tree from earth, or cry "timber" from a safe distance by giving the job to onsite workers. Upon returning to Plow Farms' hub, speedy slicers can refuel with a complimentary bag of popcorn and purchase hot chocolate before perusing trinkets such as holiday-themed penguin statues ($17) and sterling-silver earrings ($22) in the farm's old-barn-bound gift shop. Santa is available for pictures on the weekends, providing an open-air venue for claustrophobic wish lists.