Artefacto Landscapes LLC has kept outdoor areas trimmed and tidy for more than 16 years, using their time-tested expertise to address the specific needs and natural behaviors of trees, shrubs, and different grass varieties. Technicians can mow lawns into a respectable crewcut or force clingy weeds to give up their grip on the ground, and trimming services prevent possible hazards and keep overgrown branches from obscuring a shrub?s beautiful eyes. If automatic sprinkler systems exhibit a tendency to leak or target specific mailmen, Artefacto Landscapes can repair them quickly or install a brand new, bias-free model. Firm believers in working in conjunction with natural environmental conditions, the team also develops landscaping plans that conserve water and protect the environment with strategically placed mulch and irrigation systems.
Since 1978, landscape architect and designer Joe Romero and his crew at Landsculptors Inc. have been creating innovative aesthetic solutions for shaded and sun-soaked yards. From irrigation and lighting to decorative walkways and patio construction, their work not only makes clients' homes more beautiful but also adds to their value. Romero and his staff specialize in xeriscaping, an eco-friendly technique that, like giving a goldfish a lung, allows wildlife to flourish while conserving water.
Founded more than 50 years ago, Roy-El Morgan Farm hosts year-round practice for equestrians with a stable of even-tempered morgan horses and indoor and outdoor practice arenas. Led by a trainer who has won regional and local championships, lessons impart one of seven riding styles along with instruction on equine anatomy and grooming. The farm’s summer camps, stratified into three age groups, serve youngsters aged 5–18 with games, activities, and information sessions. Meanwhile, the stables accommodate horses in quarters ranging from a 23-stall barn with an indoor arena to a pasture for retired horses that want only to relax and knit leg warmers for their grandfoals.
On a leisurely drive through Santa Barbara, Ron Midgett glimpsed cymbidium orchids growing in people’s yards. The cluster of star-shaped blooms, the vibrant hues, and the way the petals seemed to collapse into themselves all had Ron hooked.
Four decades later, he has taken his love of orchids far beyond the realms of adoration. He has grown orchids across the United States, bred his own blooms, and assessed hybrid blossoms as an accredited judge for the American Orchid Society. And at New Earth Orchids, he introduces gardeners to dozens of orchid breeds, earning a slew of positive press and love letters from bumblebees. Additionally, he strives to make orchid growing accessible to novice gardeners by providing growing tips, stocking proper supplies, and offering free workshops.
Brothers Jon and Zachary Zieau grew up on a ranch just south of Belen, where their family did all of its own planting, landscaping, and yard maintenance. With that experience and knack for hard work embedded into their DNA, Jon and Zachary set out on their own mission to beautify New Mexico one yard at a time. Still using the secrets shown to them by their father, the brothers Zieau provide scheduled services, such as lawn mowing and hedge trimming, as well as other outdoor duties, including pressure washing and lighting installation.
Melba’s Floral Studio pulls from a stockpile of flowers of every stripe to help customers commemorate occasions. The botanical designers work with roses, lilies, sunflowers, birds of paradise and orchids to build show-stopping displays for anything from birthdays, weddings, and baby showers to special occasions and parties. While most floral arrangements are placed in glass vases, some are burst forth from baskets and smiley face mugs. Customers can pre-order specific items from the shop or opt for speedy delivery to area locales such as hospitals and workplaces.