For over 30 years Dodds and Eder has been designing gardens to fit your lifestyle. Our mission is to design, build and maintain beautiful landscapes. Our nationally recognized retail store has worked hard to earn an unparalleled reputation for superior quality and design products and exceptional customer service.
A trusted Long Island business since 1853, Hicks Nurseries has been voted Best Nursery on Long Island and boasts an array of seasonal goodies to appease holiday-happy folk of every variety. Attentive employees guide shoppers through the spacious environment, helping them alight on items suited specifically for their festive fancy. Clothe immodest doors with lush wreaths and multihued ribbons, or get moved by the generous spirit of the season and pick up a fresh-cut tree ($29.99–$59.99) in which you can board out-of town elves. The nursery carries pieces for green thumbs and seasonal decorating delighters alike, also offering poinsettias ($3.99–$49.99), indoor and outdoor lighting wares, and ornaments ($2.99–$19.99). Stop by on the weekend to bop your list-filled noggin to a live brass band ushering in the season with red and green musical notes cascading from their trumpets.
When working with the certified lawn technicians at Whole Lawns, homeowners never have to worry about their grass soaking up the hazardous lawn-care chemicals of old. Eschewing those practices completely, the team achieves verdant pastures by spritzing yardscapes with organic, eco-friendly products. They keep themselves accountable to this practice by listing every ingredient on their detailed product labels, whether they’re controlling pests or feeding grass roots with organic nutrients.
On the 15-acre parcel of countryside dubbed Winding Hill Riding Club & Show Stables, head instructor and trainer Christy Alexander-Van Eron coaches both horses and humans to become safe and successful competitors. She uses the facilities––including more than 40 paddocks, a pair of outdoor rings, and a large indoor arena renovated with new footing––to accomplish this task, which, in a way, has always been her life's work. Currently a Red Cross- and Horsemanship Safety Association-certified instructor, she's been riding since the age of five and has long been competing at a high level, including showing with hunters and jumpers throughout college. Over her career, she whittled instruction down to three key necessities to producing successful riders: riding for pleasure, competition, or sugar cubes.
Established in 1928, Mead Farm provides lessons and riding time for beginners and experts, educating budding equestrophiles and catering to old horse hounds' galloping needs. Taking place every Friday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., between May and September, the couple’s horse ride makes an excellent romantic outing or opportunity to get on the good side of a horse-riding probation officer. The evening starts with a brief introduction to equine care, covering mounting tips, how to control a distressed horse, hoof care, and Pegasus-wing clipping before sweethearts are sent on their way, securely astride their noble steeds. Twosomes are then guided by a member of the Mead Farm staff on a one-hour ride. Upon return, sweethearts are treated to a one-hour wine and cheese tasting with other couples, delighting taste buds with piquant pours and delicious dairy bites while basking in a horseback-ride-generated romance aura.