Artefacto Landscapes LLC has kept outdoor areas trimmed and tidy for more than 16 years, using their time-tested expertise to address the specific needs and natural behaviors of trees, shrubs, and different grass varieties. Technicians can mow lawns into a respectable crewcut or force clingy weeds to give up their grip on the ground, and trimming services prevent possible hazards and keep overgrown branches from obscuring a shrub’s beautiful eyes. If automatic sprinkler systems exhibit a tendency to leak or target specific mailmen, Artefacto Landscapes can repair them quickly or install a brand new, bias-free model. Firm believers in working in conjunction with natural environmental conditions, the team also develops landscaping plans that conserve water and protect the environment with strategically placed mulch and irrigation systems.
Since 1978, landscape architect and designer Joe Romero and his crew at Landsculptors Inc. have been creating innovative aesthetic solutions for shaded and sun-soaked yards. From irrigation and lighting to decorative walkways and patio construction, their work not only makes clients' homes more beautiful but also adds to their value. Romero and his staff specialize in xeriscaping, an eco-friendly technique that, like giving a goldfish a lung, allows wildlife to flourish while conserving water.
On a leisurely drive through Santa Barbara, Ron Midgett glimpsed cymbidium orchids growing in people’s yards. The cluster of star-shaped blooms, the vibrant hues, and the way the petals seemed to collapse into themselves all had Ron hooked.
Four decades later, he has taken his love of orchids far beyond the realms of adoration. He has grown orchids across the United States, bred his own blooms, and assessed hybrid blossoms as an accredited judge for the American Orchid Society. And at New Earth Orchids, he introduces gardeners to dozens of orchid breeds, earning a slew of positive press and love letters from bumblebees. Additionally, he strives to make orchid growing accessible to novice gardeners by providing growing tips, stocking proper supplies, and offering free workshops.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
The Kitchen Garden & Coop Tour, organized by Edible Santa Fe and Home Grown New Mexico, spotlights chicken coops, produce gardens, and other self-hewn food-raising solutions constructed by six green-thumbed area homeowners. Sondra Goodwin smashed through asphalt, concrete, and astroturf to free up a half-acre space for her garden of unusual varietals, including water spinach, japanese mugwort, and a dancer melon that looks like a greenish Rick Moranis. The hydrophilic Baker family uses water-conserving contraptions to irrigate their densely fertile lot, and the scrupulously maintained fruit trees and vegetable beds of Home Grown New Mexico board member Don Emery enmesh onlookers in an aesthetic maze of landscaping intricacy.
The petal purveyors at this locally owned flower shop know how to arrange blossoms for all manner of occasions. Suitable for cocktail parties and teacup-canine conventions, the Arrive In Style bouquet bursts onto the scene in a glass vase limo with a light pink rose tiara, a white Asiatic lily, and a cushion spray chrysanthemum boa ($34.95+). Bright yellow roses, white daises, and chrysanthemums spring from the smiley face mug in the Be Happy bouquet ($32.95+), and a cake made entirely from vibrant flowers forms the Your Special day ($52.95+) arrangement, far less offensive to bury your neighbor's nose in than a cake made from flour. Browse Amanda's inventory online before calling to place an order (local delivery available), or simply swing by the shop to let your sniffer identify the best bundle through Morse-coded nostril flares.