Garden-pleasers include awesome soil with just a pinch of cow manure ($3 for a one-cubic-foot bag), way-out mulch ($2.50 for a one-cubic-foot bag), hardcore rocks like pumice ($4 for a one-cubic-foot bag) and radical Montana round rainbow pebbles ($7 for a 40-pound bag). And don’t forget to get some moss rocks to please neighborhood children ($0.10/lb., $180/ton). While contemplating how many zeppelins one ton of lilies would fill (Asiatic bulbs, three for $5), sip on some coffee from the on-site café where you can sample a cup for free ($10 a pound for purchase).
The licensed squad of professional landscapers at Artisan Landscaping wield more than 20 years of industry experience as they perform exterior upgrades ranging from pruning shrubs to installing water features. As members of the International Society of Arboriculture, the bonded and insured arborists adhere to strict standards when dealing with trees—whether pruning them, removing a dead specimen, or grinding unsightly stumps. Regardless of the size of their lot, homeowners can also tap the team's know-how for full landscape designs, which might include the installation of ponds for fish and retaining walls to keep rose bushes away from smooth-talking tumbleweeds.
At Liepold Farms, groups navigate the twists and turns of a six-acre corn maze while children dip their toes in a sandbox full of corn kernels. The farm celebrates the fall with a myriad of seasonal activities including the corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and hay rides. The pumpkin patch showcases pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors, each good for a different task including baking and carving a replica of your mail carrier's face. Or, for those not as keen on keeping pumpkins intact, the pumpkin-pult allows guests to hurl a pumpkin into a target using a giant rubber-band catapult. Those who hit the target get to take home their own pumpkin for future catapult practice.
Lattelicious, a drive-through coffee cart located in the Vineyard Plaza parking lot, supplies on-the-go customers with café drinks and baked treats such as chocolate-filled croissants. Baristas marry shots of espresso with steamed milk to make signature lattes, and also craft energizing drinks such as cappuccinos, frappés, and Red Bull beverages. Many drinks can also be made lactose-free.
Frank Saniti Painting brings interiors to vibrant life by methodically coating walls with room-reviving layers of pigment. Even brush strokes envelop the selected chamber with a two-coat application of paint provided by the customer, either bought from a store or homemade by puréeing 700 crayons in an industrial-size blender. All members of the team hold a certification in lead renovation from the EPA, qualifying them to safely complete jobs that may disturb lead-based paints from pre-1978 homes or x-ray-shielded bunkers. Clients can choose to order additional Frank Saniti Painting services, including floor coating and deck refinishing, at a 10% discount.
An equine veterinarian founded Sound Equine Options (SEO) in 2009 after witnessing the plight of horses whose owners had succumbed to financial crises. Without the funding to provide them with adequate care, owners were forced to watch horses languish, and many could not find adequate resources for the animals. Sound Equine Options filled this void by strengthening the safety net for horses in need through a variety of programs. The Emergency Veterinary Care Fund helps reduce immediate suffering with the help of a local veterinarian, and the Rescue Blankets program distributes waterproof blankets to keep horses warm during the winter. SEO also supports equine rescues that make sure neglected horses have shelter.