Landscape designer Tom Stout—featured on HGTV's Outer Spaces and Get Out, Way Out!—helps home landscapes spring to life through sustainable and eco-friendly methods. Tom will offer ideas to spruce up outdoor spaces during a 90-minute landscaping consultation, in which he looks for ways to capture each client's lifestyle and personality while integrating their collection of spitting-cherub fountains. After touring the grounds, Tom will discuss how to put yard, garden, pergola, and water-feature plans into action using bioswales and water-retention devices, as well as climate appropriate and drought resistant plant material. Click here to sift through a gallery of Tom's past projects, ranging from outdoor grilling areas to well-manicured replicas of the Garden of Eden.
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
The team at Dr. Friedman Optometrists & Associates strives to make the world a lot less fuzzy for patients. With an onsite optical lab and more than 10,000 contact lenses in stock, the staff can send most visitors home with a new pair of eyeglasses or contacts on the same day as their exam. The office's collection of more than 5,000 designer frames runs the gamut of styles, suiting each person's unique personality. Besides correcting vision problems, the team can also diagnose and treat medical issues, such as eye infections or damage caused by counting every pixel on an HDTV. Dr. Friedman's team also speaks Spanish.
The florists at Boulevard Florist Wholesale Market outfit patrons with tropical flowers, hanging baskets, and floral equipment to beautify their dwellings. Their boston ferns and caladium plants impress visitors with their fecund green leaves, and purple chrysanthemums or roses add color to kitchens not already covered in tomato sauce. The staffers also deliver blooms, and impart their green-thumbing knowledge during floral-design classes held across two weekend days or 90 minutes.
Inside Deep Roots Garden Center's tidy shop, a team of knowledgeable green thumbs help customers select plants, flowers, shrubbery, and accessories to beautify gardens. Four-inch annuals and perennials ($1.99–$5.99) add pops of color to flowerbeds and 1- and 5-gallon-sized plants ($8.99–$49.99) provide shelter for rapidly expanding bunny families. Larger trees and shrubs ($100–$150) come in drought-tolerant varietals that require minimal maintenance, and hearty succulents and cacti make even the most forgetful plant parent proud with their hearty resilience. The garden center also offers floral-arrangement services, creating one-of-a-kind bouquets and outfitting gentlemen with single roses ($5 each) to gift to their fastest racehorses.
CUSP, a sister boutique of Neiman Marcus, lines its shelves with apparel and accessories that set wardrobes afire with the flames of fashion. Labels range from trendy (J Brand) to ultra chic (DVF). Protect your hands from atmospheric wear with a pair of ivory knit mittens with a faux fur lining ($44), slick up kickers with zebra-print fleece welly socks ($40), or stand out in a Amanda Uprichard red silk dress ($194). Torsos, which threaten secession whenever they're not dressed in classy duds, can be appeased with a Phillip Lim 3.1 tank ($95), a black burnout linen piece with a racerback and the words "cool," "easy," and "nice" on the front.