Vines interlaced with flower stems snake upward from the base of a glass vase to wrap around the red and purple spirals of carnation blooms. Customers can choose from fresh cut flowers or one of the striking arrangements available that vary according to the season. Each of Lydia’s arrangements manages to capture and condense the beauty of the natural world, from her Vera Wang–inspired rose bouquets to her wild and woodsy collection of cattails, asters, and bushy-bearded garden gnomes. She further personalizes floral arrangements with inflatables picked from her garden of 500 balloon varieties, as well as stuffed animals, chocolates, and greeting cards.
With the help of Cheyenne Fencing and Modern Pentathlon Center, students can become world-class athletes. As a three-time Olympian, its coaches are uniquely positioned to train up-and-coming fencers and pentathletes. Whether pupils hope to compete in fencing alone or study the pentathlon's five elements?fencing, shooting, running, horseback riding, and swimming?the center's offerings provide an excellent introduction. In fencing classes and camps, beginners pick up basic skills, such as coordination and footwork. As they progress, they learn the details of blade work and strategy, preparing them to face down competitors and maleficent trees. Pentathlon students add to those skills with lessons in the other four sports, improving their strength and stamina in preparation for competition.
Green Works Lawn and Leaf lavishes yards with natural, organic, and sustainable TLC. To conserve fuel and avoid noise pollution, owner Drew Hojnacki favors rakes over leaf blowers, shovels over snow blowers, and garden hoes over Roomba rototillers. Aeration ($35–$50, depending on lot size) loosens uptight dirt, and an application of OMRI organic fertilizer ($35–$50) feeds hungry turf and soil without environmental-indigestion-causing chemicals. Untidy terraces opt for a general cleanup ($65–$150), and shrubs seek out a pruning ($10–$30 per shrub) before an important interview or after a bad break-up.
Voted Best Floral Shop 2010 by Aurora Sentinel readers, House of Flowers' experienced florists bundle together a trifecta of fresh roses for a sweet-smelling gift or an uplifting addition to any space. The rose-trio bouquet, available in five colors including romantic red and vivacious orange, sits in a clear bud vase, complemented by a spray of baby's breath and accented with a matching ribbon bow tie. The lovely arrangement makes a thoughtful gift for those celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or being invited to play badminton with Vladimir Putin. House of Flowers lines its walls with local artists' work, which clients can peruse along with the flower shop's retail store, featuring candles, stationery, chocolates, and more.