The horticultural experts at Perreault Nursery delight gardeners with a bountiful harvest of blossoms, shrubs, mulch, and outdoor ornamentation. The garden gurus accompany each rose bush or Japanese maple with helpful advice on how to care for the plant before sending it off to college. In addition to its blossoming blooms—grown in Perreault’s own greenhouse—and a plethora of trees and shrubs, the garden depot outfits yards with mulch and stone, custom planters, and ornamental pottery or statuary, including fountains and bird baths. After picking out their new plants, visitors can drop by the nursery’s butterfly house, where hundreds of butterflies flutter amongst babbling brooks, flowers, and benches. Or, for clients who would rather use a trowel to comb their hair instead of raking mulch with it, the professionals offer landscaping services to transform yards into lush oases with creeks, pathways, and beautifully designed flower beds.
The extensive Hillside Meadows horseback-riding and training facilities reside on 70 acres of sylvan countryside, supplying riders with beautiful surroundings for trail rides and ample space for instruction in riding disciplines that range from equitation to gymkhana. Licensed instructors guide all lessons, with Sheila Brady directing the hunt-seat program, Charlene Clouthier handling Western-program duties, and the rugged essence of Yosemite Sam pervading lessons in roping and reining. Thirteen school horses lend their backs to the students’ advancement, which is repaid with a required 30 minutes of tacking prior to the scheduled lesson time and grooming afterward. Hillside Meadows also hosts clinics on a rotating list of topics at least once per month.
HVAC professional Nick Lupo founded Control Point Heating and Air Conditioning in 2007, after many years of commercial experience. His licensed and insured team’s resume is equally impressive—counting more than 60 years of combined experience at making homes and buildings run more efficiently. They design and install HVAC systems, help reduce energy costs and improve system efficiency and indoor air quality, and use professional diagnostic tools to identify and repair problems.
Andrea Rajotte started out not as a housecleaner but as a pet-sitter. She gained the confidence of her customers, though, and they began to ask her if she'd help them with housecleaning as well. Now, during appointments, she undertakes tasks that range from scrubbing sinks and toilets to polishing picture frames, knickknacks, or trophies for being the shiniest person in a bowling league. She generally uses the supplies already in each customer’s cabinets, sparing homeowners from dealing with unfamiliar chemicals and scents.
Since 2000, Landscape Depot has transformed the landscape of Greater Boston backyard by backyard, supplying everything from fertile mulch and soil to stone pathways and fountains. Technicians help install walls, veneers, and stairs from both natural and engineered stone, and trucks haul yards of mulch straight to homes. The staff also holds regular do-it-yourself seminars, reviewing various projects so homeowners don't have to rely on the shoddy advice of garden gnomes.
With more than 70 years of color combination experience, Economy Paint Supply distributes liquid chromatics and provides custom stain matching, in-home consultations, and equipment rentals. The paint shop furnishes a host of habitat enhancements including Benjamin Moore paints ($27.99+ per gallon), wallpaper ($16.99+ per roll), single-roll carpets ($12.99+ per square yard), and window treatments ($200+ per window). Flinging a can of reddish royal flush or lagoon-like Lucerne at a living room’s backdrop can give walls a sense of newfound pride and astonish nearby floors and ceilings. Customers can also peruse a free in-store copy of Envision Color 2011, which highlights the palettes—soulful, spirited, dreamy, and phantasmagoric—comprising Benjamin Moore’s annual paint trends.