Tucked between the hills of Northern California in the scenic Carmel Valley, horseback-riding trainer Toni Venza and her staff help equestrians master the reins. The stable offers lessons for riders of all abilities, from beginners learning to walk, trot, and canter to experts competing in hunter-jumper competitions. A trainer for nearly three decades, Toni imparts wisdom on various learning styles through constructive feedback delivered calmly and clearly to help pupils feel comfortable in the saddle.
The Garrone family, now in its fourth generation, has been selling their homegrown organic mushrooms at Bay Area farmers’ markets for over fifty years. Proudly keeping the tradition alive, they ship orders in from their own 60,000-square foot farm in Monterey Bay, where the steady ocean breeze and northern coastal fog preserve ideal growing conditions.
In addition to filling up market stands, they stock their storefront operation, Far West Fungi, with 42 varieties of mushroom. They also line the shelves with exotic food products such as saffron tagliatelle, truffle honey, domestic fennel pollen, and Tahitian vanilla bean. Here, customers can load up on specialty mushrooms in person or opt for next day air delivery via the online shop. The internet store also allows shoppers to peruse all manner of truffle-related products, including oils, sauces, and oversized foam fingers that read “down with morels”.
Three certified arborists, otherwise known as the Tree DoctoRx, have been maintaining tree and landscape health for 15 years. Their work has garnered a faithful entourage of lifelong clients as well as two consecutive first-place People’s Choice Awards from the Fresno Bee. With a detective’s eye for detail, they scour the surrounding land in search of potential threats such as diseases and pests suspected of criminal activity. Their integrated pest management rids trees, shrubs, and soil of harmful bugs with low-toxicity, organic products, while their organic based fertilizers burrow into the ground to strengthen root systems against an onslaught of disease, drought, and bugs.
Team Green Lawn Fertilization and Weed Control's outdoor experts nurture lawns to help them win the admiration of neighbors and the envy of grizzled golf-course-greens keepers. A regular regimen of care sees the grass doctors making front of house calls to yards every six weeks, allowing them to keep an eye out for disease, soil, or irrigation problems that may compromise the lawn's natural green sheen. Individual visits can help address immediate problems or guard against future invasions of both insect and plant-based pests, whereas technicians can also apply their healing green touch to flower beds or help roots breathe easier with lawn-aeration services.
For more than four decades, Weed Man's licensed-and-trained lawn-beautifying experts have tended to local lawns with custom blends of fertilizer, environmentally sound pest-control solutions, and knowledge gleaned from both living and working in the community. Created exclusively for Weed Man, the technicians' slow-release granular fertilizer nurtures lawns over a period of several weeks, and seeding and aeration promote continued green growth. Advice that aims to assist with local lawn problems helps inform patrons online, illuminating seasonal troubles, gardening trends, and the astrological signs of various plants.
Amateur horticulturalists can rest assured that Gazebo Gardens understands the valley climate and carries plants that thrive accordingly. Resurrect your garden with one-gallon perennials ($3.95–$7.95), a gift that makes a return on your investment year after year with colorful beauty. Two-gallon mini roses (starting at $12.95) in all the flavors of ROYGBIV will show your garden that you truly care. Steal the eye of your beholder with 36” tree roses ($39.95) or standard three-gallon floribunda or tea roses ($13.95–$24.95), or ensure floraful futures for subsequent generations of green thumbs with a selection of 15-gallon trees ($29.95–$69.95).