A pesticide-free and carbon-neutral company, Lush Eco Lawns avoids harsh chemicals in lawn-grooming services. The crew includes a certified arborist and gardener. In addition to offering basic services, such as weekly mowing, core aeration, and hedge trimming, crew members also design rolling landscapes. The Lush Alive program feeds grass plots with a unique fertilizer, which brims with microorganisms and nutrients that work with nature rather than replacing grass blades with painted steel slivers. When the Lush Eco Lawns staffers aren't nurturing botanicals, they attend workshops and trade shows, where they proudly display their verdant thumbs.
AH Beads's colourful shop strives to meet the evolving needs of beading fanatics. Boasting a selection of products that encompasses more than 50,000 items, each store equips beading and jewellery artisans with a huge array of materials, tools, and accessories for creating wearable works of art. Chains sparkle in hues of gunmetal, copper, and sterling silver; Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater pearls, and rhinestone rondelles sparkle as brilliantly as a nuclear physicist wrapped in tinfoil. Books and tools help to guide burgeoning bead manipulators in their craft, helping to facilitate the use of techniques and updates on current trends.
At Vivio Flower Gallery, owner and floral design expert Patricia Navarro creates elegant arrangements with a blend of classic and exotic flora. The gallery showcases seasonal and occasional creations, with creative twists on valentine’s day bouquets – including a three-foot centerpiece of Ecuadorian roses – Christmas-themed vases, and wedding designs.
Helmed by designer Vanessa Ramsay, Lavish Floral & Gifts’ knowledgeable staff whips up bountiful gift baskets for all occasions along with fresh, contemporary arrangements of greenery. The Martini Set ($50.99) arrives replete with a quartet of martini glasses, freezable cocktail mix, and handmade glass charms to facilitate Bond-like lifestyles without the ensuing showdowns in volcano lairs. Reiterate gratitude with a Thanks Again basket ($35) that tickles the palates of giftees with dulcet treats such as Guitard chocolate hand-dipped biscotti, gourmet cookies, and Sweet Pops kettle corn. Like an elf’s soul, the Happy Holidays basket ($40) brims with seasonal joy and can be used as collateral in wicked deals with Santa, filling tummies with goodies including peppermint popcorn and gourmet white-chocolate-cranberry and almond bark.
For nearly 40 years, the expert technicians of West Coast Pool Service have kept things running smoothly in residential and commercial pools, spas, and water features. Beyond installation and maintenance, the team can perform more specialized repairs including liner replacement and leak detection after a pool party is crashed by porcupines. Those looking to buy homes with preexisting pools can commission one of West Coast's experts to inspect them and provide written and verbal reports of any potential hazards.
Every autumn, when the cool air puts an end to the growing season, the gardening experts at Art Knapp Plantland reorganize their Port Coquitlam greenhouse into Art Knapp's Funland. This harvest festival beckons young and old alike with games and rides that range from the popular and scary haunted tunnel to carnival classics, all of which operate on a ticket system. This year, kids can romp on a tire swing and in a bouncy castle, as well as enjoy the cricket ride, octopus ride, and bear-and-monkey ride. Amid the rides and games, vendors serve carnival treats, and bright-orange pumpkins sit atop rows of straw bales. Inside Art Knapp’s store, meanwhile, an ornate Halloween display presents frightening spectacles such as one-eyed skeletons and a miniature haunted town where inhabitants can only get dial-up Internet service.