The organic landscapers at Happy Gardens gather lawn logistics to create a customized design using sustainable techniques and materials. The consultation distinguishes the client’s preferences and researches variables such as soil, sun, and semipro-bocce-ball conditions. Soil stylists then plot out a customized design plan to completely revamp the property into an organic oasis using several microecological approaches including natural wildlife habitats, woodland gardens, and xeriscaping—a method that requires minimal water maintenance, similar to filling a pool with water balloons or vapor clouds.
Elizabeth Samudio, owner of Elizabeth Anna’s Old World Garden, cultivates an eco-friendly urban sprawl of thriving flora and fauna situated just minutes from downtown. Wander through rows of edible, unusual, and native plants whose organic designation signals freedom from synthetic fertilizers and herbicides, and whose lushness and vibrancy make them ideal camouflage for secret backyard wrestling leagues. Secure a romantic rendezvous with beguiling rose varietals, or nurture fruit trees and veggie starts into fully stocked, self-replenishing produce aisles. Samudio and her staff of greenthumbs will gladly aid customers with photosynthesizer selection, sharing planting and care tips for aesthetics ranging from asparagus ferns and creeping ivy to topiaries shaped like the mailman.
It’s a good thing James Bryant’s parents didn’t pay him more allowance. At 10, he found his $10 weekly payday unacceptable, so he started knocking on neighbors’ doors to see if they’d like him to mow their lawns. The business grew as he did, and, by the time he finished high school, he felt certain that landscaping was his true passion. Since officially founding Bryant Lawn and Sprinkler in 1995, James has continued to find fulfillment in creating natural works of art out of previously lackluster yards and gardens. He and his team do this by planting flowers, mulching gardens and installing eco-conscious sprinkler systems. They also design yard lighting so that, at night, freshly pruned shrubs stand out and moths can use shadow puppets to tell their brief life stories.
Blanketing more than 100 acres, Fort Worth Botanic Garden houses several disparate gardens that welcome locals and tourists whether they want quiet reflection or a social stroll amid arboreal beauty. The Fragrance Garden lives up to its name by engaging olfactory zones with a dozen uniquely scented plants. In the 7-acre Japanese Garden, visitors commune with plants and animals, including the pond's koi fish and their pet minnows.
The skilled nail pros at The Spa and Tea Garden draw upon more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry as they refurbish digits with soothing nail services. During the 45-minute Shellac or regular manicure, a technician trims and shapes fingernails into smooth curves or straight edges. A French Shellac dresses up finger fronts, or opt for a coat of traditional polish, followed by a layer of Shellac gel polish can last without chipping for up to 14 days, or about the amount of time needed to get a package to front of the post-office line.
Since 1917, Sutherlands has fostered fetching homes and lavish lawns with a multitude of garden necessities, construction supplies, and more. A helping of sustainable Vortex potting soil ($9.99) in an ornate Monteverde rust planter ($16.99) aids newly adopted rose bushes ($7.99 each) in achieving dreams of growing into majestic redwoods. Green Max Southern Lawn Fertilizer ($18.99) and GrubEx bug killer ($18.99) sustain and safeguard surrounding grass, and the Bond three-piece pruning combo set ($14.99) and Corona 10-foot tree pruner ($38.99) keep outdoor adornment from sprouting hazardous overgrowth or unsightly dreadlock hairstyles.