Rare and eco-friendly, organic tulips make up only 25 acres out of the 25,000 acres in Holland devoted to growing the flower that powers their nation. The sustainable variety is able to soak up more nutrients, making them stronger and less likely to catch disease or become pest infested. As one of the only American sources for the coveted vase filler, EcoTulips provides tulips grown in organic soil that is only used once every seven years. This year marks the first annual event celebrating the beloved bloom, with 40,000 planted to create a 10,000-square-foot pick-your-own garden experience. Stop by from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays without an appointment, or call ahead to schedule a picking time on weekdays. EcoTulips also recommends that you call ahead to ensure that the tulips are in full bloom before you embark on your gardening experience.
One of the largest furniture retailers in the country, RoomStore offers furnishings for all tastes and budgets. Browse elegantly practical seating for the dining room such as a Manhattan side chair with a faux leather seat ($129.99) or a Hancock bench, a classic medieval trestle form that welcomes soul sacks with dignity ($199.99), like the moon welcomes a handsome astronaut. Bedroom pieces are sturdy beauties, such as the Montpelier nightstand ($199.99), that have matching mirrors ($75+) to boast your own beauty. A selection of kids’ furniture, accent tables, and armoires proves RoomStore's forest of furnishings has the makings to feather any nest, birdhouse, or airy loft apartment. Reliable delivery teams ensure furniture is placed and assembled in the preferred spot, be it on the roof or nestled inside a kitchen cupboard.
A dealer with a snooze-smart sales staff, Mt. Vernon Sleep Galleries stocks its showrooms with a wide array of slumber surfaces and accessories. Shoppers can flop down upon more than 45 demo mattresses to decide which best suits their nocturnal needs, with queen-sized pillow-top sets starting at $299.99 and matriarch-sized memory-foam sets starting at $499.99. Future commanders of the USS Enterprise like the log-storing drawers under a captain's bed($239.99 for a twin frame), while siblings, BFFs, and president/vice president duos favor a stacked siesta in a bunk bed ($199.99+ for metal, $249.99+ for wood). A cruise through the corral of futons reveals metal ($199.99+) and wood ($299.99+) breeds, both complete with standard mattresses.
A family whose love for flora spans three generations, the Stadlers started their plant-growing endeavors back in 1932 when Paul Stadler began gardening for clients in Georgetown after emigrating from Switzerland. Soon, they opened up a small landscaping-and-gardening center, and today—more than 75 years later—Stadler Nurseries has grown to populate 340 acres of fertile land where they propagate native plants, landscaping shrubs, trees, roses, and more than 700 varieties of perennials. A staff of horticulturists and enthusiastic green thumbs helps visitors navigate the vast greenhouses and outdoor gardens, offering tips on how to prune leaves, fertilize soil, and teach plants how to roll over on command.
Great Gatherings houses myriad luxurious home essentials for leisurely get-togethers and everyday living. A variety of stools such as the wheat-hued Capri Backless ($159.95) are available for accommodating large parties, or slightly smaller parties of guests who like to put their feet up on another stool. For those preferring higher-backed seats, stylish options such as the Lancaster and Tyler chairs ($199.95 each) are readily available. Great Gatherings also supplies a garden’s worth of outdoor furniture and thoughtful accessories from sturdy chair covers to large Vega umbrella lights ($99). Indoors or out, hosts can dazzle company with miscellaneous entertaining essentials, including Double Swirl 100% recycled glassware ($12.99), allowing them to serve dinner companions and visiting Mother Natures with equally chic aplomb.
As a regional manufacturer distributing products within a 500-mile radius, McCormick Paints takes a leadership position in truly green manufacturing and distribution by reducing energy, fuel and emissions in the delivery of products to the marketplace. McCormick Paints operates 24 retail store locations.