With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
Landscape designer Tom Stout—featured on HGTV's Outer Spaces and Get Out, Way Out!—helps home landscapes spring to life through sustainable and eco-friendly methods. Tom will offer ideas to spruce up outdoor spaces during a 90-minute landscaping consultation, in which he looks for ways to capture each client's lifestyle and personality while integrating their collection of spitting-cherub fountains. After touring the grounds, Tom will discuss how to put yard, garden, pergola, and water-feature plans into action using bioswales and water-retention devices, as well as climate appropriate and drought resistant plant material. Click here to sift through a gallery of Tom's past projects, ranging from outdoor grilling areas to well-manicured replicas of the Garden of Eden.
Specializing in event and wedding décor, Creative Floral Designs' talented staff churns out a bevy of centerpieces, bridal bouquets, and boutonnieres as well as customized floral arrangements using fine-tuned gardening shears and imaginations. Cheer up drooping dining room tables with an invigorating arrangement bursting with bright pink roses and pink and white lilies ($80). An attractive assemblage of red roses ($80) can be passed out to prize-winning racehorses, purple dendrobium orchids ($80) peek out from behind greenery to whisper get wells and congratulations, and roses spiked with bamboo ($80) cry out in pain.
The family-owned 1-800-Flowers Shoppe, a local subsidiary of 1-800-Flowers, crafts distinctive arrangements with fresh-cut buds placed within delicate keepsake vases. Arrangements run the aromatic and aesthetic gamut, including contemporary, traditional, and high-style arrangements ideal for anniversaries, holidays, or chain-gang reunion parties. The store also carries an extensive gift line, including gourmet and fruit baskets as well as silk arrangements and greeting cards.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Southern California's warm temperatures draw in thousands of visitors every year. Unfortunately, they also attract unwanted guests?pests such as cockroaches, ants, and earwigs. That's where Scout Pest Management technicians come in. Here, they prowl the premises to track down and eradicate common household pests. Scout's techs also free homes from the onslaught of a variety of other animals, such as rabbits and birds, using humane traps that ensnare the wildlife without harming it.
In addition to abolishing pests from residential premises, the Scout Pest Management team has a long stand tradition of aerating and fertilizing lawns. Back when the company started in the home-services industry, lawn care remained their top priority; today skilled crews continue to enhance lustrous lawns through simple, no-fuss programs. Though all the chemicals used are safe, the techs also offer lawn care services in which they use low-impact and organic chemicals.