A local, family-owned business, Natural Wonders Landscaping knows how to make lawns look their best in the unique climate and soil of the Houston area. Landscape designers help customers plan the perfect yard, and technicians install and maintain landscapes with a range of services. Lawns enjoy mowing, aeration, fertilizer, seeding, and weed and pest control, and sprinkler repair services keeps turf moist. Tree-removal and trimming services let sunlight fuel the growth of grass instead of daily sprinklings of protein powder. Technicians also install and maintain concrete, flagstone, and tile.
Having resolved at a young age to pursue his passion for green building, Jeff Kaplan created the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Program when he was just 21 years old. In late 2007, Jeff started New Living, a green building and home store whose high environmental standards earned the shop a B Corporation certification. Today, New Living sells exclusively eco-friendly products from ethical businesses, stimulating the local green economy while making green materials more affordable and accessible. Staff members passionate about responsible consumerism often help customers interested in repurposing and refinishing items. Kaplan's efforts at revitalizing Houston's small businesses and affinity for wearing capes earned him the title of Green Hero from the U.S. Green Building Council.
It's not unusual to find bags of ladybugs or tadpoles at Buchanan's Native Plants in the Heights. Known for their native plant offerings and organic gardening supplies, this 11th Street gardening center between Heights Boulevard and Studewood has everything from seeds and soil to local plant varieties that aren't found at big box stores. Several staff members are Master Gardeners or Texas Certified Nursery Professionals, so they can help new and experienced gardeners get their grow on. Even non-gardeners stop by on weekends to sample food from a rotating group of food trucks that set up in the parking lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buchanan's also has a gift shop with garden-themed cards, books and home décor.
Wabash Antiques and Feed Store has been providing Houstonians with everything from animal feed and heirloom tomato plants to puppies for over a hundred years. Before owner Betty Lou Heacker moved the shop to its current location on Washington Avenue in the Washington Corridor, it had been an antiques shop and a traditional feed store under previous owners for the better part of a century. Now, it’s known as the place to go for organic gardening supplies, the biggest tomato plant selection in Houston and adorable chicks and ducklings at certain times of the year. Pick up plants, feed, bee supplies, bird supplies, fountain supplies and nearly anything else a garden might need – or just stroll the aisle and imagine the possibilities.
For 23 years, Mike Lowery has tended to greenery and coaxed blossoms from flowers in the nursery of Another Place in Time. Over the years, he's learned sure-fire ways to diagnose a plant's health. That's why he visits local growers personally when he buys plants, flowers, and trees, handpicking the healthiest specimens.
Visitors to Mike's nursery can find unusual succulents, tropical blooms, and exotic houseplants to display in a window or feed to a vegetarian venus flytrap. The nursery's gift shop is filled with goods such as Texas-made candles and chimes that fill gardens with wandering melodies.
Barbara spent her childhood on her father's cotton farm, surrounded by the science and business of growing plants. And when it came time to start her own career, she pursued horticulture, and so her son Jacob enjoyed a similar upbringing. Inspired by role models such as Seattle Urban Farm Co., Barbara and Jacob decided to bring their agricultural know-how to city folk, and help them raise fresh, organic vegetables in their own homes.
Along with a small team, Barbara and Jacob transform a small portion of clients' yards and back decks into produce producers. They construct raised garden beds out of durable rough cedar planks and fill them with soil rich in organic fertilizers and nutrients to help earthworms grow into beautiful eels. They then plant a different crop in every square foot of the box, which means their three standard sizes of beds can sustain anywhere from eight to 32 different crops. They see their vegetable gardens as a long-term investment for their clients; after all, the growing season lasts all year thanks to Houston's climate.