Fifth Season Gardening specializes in hydroponics, homebrewing, and organic gardening. Complete hydroponic systems can help hobbyists grow plants in any type of environment, and organic gardening supplies such as fertilizer and composters can maximize produce yields. Customers may also browse a wide selection of urban D.I.Y. products. Aside from serving as a go-to spot for garden items, Fifth Season Gardening boasts must-have supplies for homebrewers of all skill levels, from fresh hops and yeast, to cleaning accoutrements and educational books.
Terrence Morris, owner of Morris Lawn Care & Services, shows up on every job to oversee his technicians as they perform lawn-maintenance, snow-removal, and power-washing services. In addition to one-time visits, Morris also offers monthly and yearly maintenance contracts.
A native of Augusta County who knows its wildlife and terrain, Dwight Wood recreates a simpler time—a time when cowboys rode horses up the mountain trails, ate steaks seared by the campfire, and jumped into a hot tub before going to bed. Granted, that last part is only available if you stay overnight at the bunkhouse, but the Wood family's horseback-riding trips are otherwise historically authentic.
Riders meet at 9 a.m. on the ranch, where they're paired up with a trusty and well-trained steed before trotting out into the wilderness of George Washington National Forest. Dwight guides the trip over water, up slight inclines, and past breathtaking views of mountain country, leading the pack to some of the highest points in the region without the help of cliff-side escalators. He also keeps each trip small in order to better answer questions and provide a personalized experience for each rider. Guests can saddle up for a half-day, full-day, or overnight excursion, and look forward to a cowboy-style supper on longer trips.
The staff at Adam's Tree And Landscaping harnesses more than 30 years of combined experience to carefully remove unwanted trees, plow snow, and clean up storm damage from residential and commercial properties. Adam?s design and installation professionals also mastermind landscape transformations, replacing carnivorous triffids with bricked patios, sidewalks, and new plants to create eye-catching outdoor areas.
At the age of 5, Helen Messenger decided to run away. It wasn't the lure of Hollywood stardom or the call of the big city that drew her: it was the gentle demeanor of a horse pulling a wagon full of goods for sale. After that first encounter, Messenger's passion for horses melded with her eventual career as a pediatric nurse working with children and adults with special needs. As the president and founder of Mesa Vista Therapeutics (MVT), she introduces people of all ages and abilities to the joys of horseback riding. Messenger has partnered with veterinarian Dr. Courtney Belden, equine enthusiast Caitlin Woolwine, and massage therapy and acupuncture practitioners who cater to the needs of both horses and humans.
At MVT's SAS Center—a riding facility with an outdoor arena, indoor ring, 20 stalls, and two viewing areas—instructors train people with and without conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, and spinal-cord injuries in the basics of riding. Therapeutic lessons help to improve riders' range of motion, muscle tone, balance, and self-confidence. The MVT program has participated in Special Olympics Virginia and Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia horse shows, and is a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association–certified center.
The team also offers advanced instruction in hunter-seat, dressage, and Western riding, as well as boarding services for horses or motorcycles with active imaginations. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the compassionate team relies upon the generosity of volunteers and community donors.
Locally owned and operated for 38 years, Pine Hollow Nurseries attracts green thumbs with a seasonal selection of locally grown plants, trees, shrubs, and flowers, as well as gardening and landscaping necessities. The neatly manicured outdoor space houses a plethora of vegetation carefully selected for climate compatibility, such as weeping cherry trees, holly shrubs ($24.99+), and gold-cypress shrubs. Pine Hollow's new greenhouse provides ample shade to plant varieties that forgot to bring sunscreen. Surprise a garden-gnome nephew with brightly colored annual flowers ($1.20+) or browse Pine Hollow's decorative stone ornaments for one's own pad. The nurseries also stock tools and products needed to spruce up neglected garden beds and lackluster lawns, including mulch, weed killer, cement fixtures, and pesticides.