A 3.5-acre horticultural haven, Millcreek Gardens gives bloom-seekers a means to realize dreams of colorful, lush outdoor spaces by presenting a wide array of shrubs, trees, and assorted flowerpot inhabitants. Stroll amid verdant rows of plant life, perusing prettified foliage ranging from the serene cerulean hues of a delphinium to the cheerful, bubbly blooms of a hydrangea. Accent a lovely lawn with a classic apple tree ($40+), make the bed for a plot of fragrant flowers ($2–$20), or cover up barren yards with a symphony of shrubbery ($6.50–$50). The one-stop shop also stocks organic plant foods, soil amendments, and fertilizers for keeping growing greenery as strong as a box of oxen.
The techs at Specialized Pest Control erect bug barriers throughout customers' homes to ward off unwanted creepy-crawlies. In the insect treatment, entry points such as windows, doors, and vents are treated with a spray designed to ward off spiders, earwigs, flies, mosquitoes, neighborhood bullies, pavement ants, and wasps. A spray of the home's entire foundation further works to evict invertebrate roommates. If homeowners prefer, techs can target thresholds that lead inside the house, or the team can head indoors to put an end to extended flea circuses and grasshopper music festivals. Specialized Pest Control's bug blockers consider safety as their top priority, applying all pesticides carefully so as not to harm residents or the environment.
In addition to harvesting 300 acres of vegetables, the family behind Black Island Farms strives to succeed in the "agri-tainment" business. To this end, they host field trips and autumnal visits, proving that rural living is far from monotonous. Their courtyard houses more than 20 attractions for families—there's a mountain of straw, a bounce house, and even pig races. Four tractors rumble as they tow hay wagons around the estate and cross into the pumpkin patch. There, passengers disembark and pick out a complimentary pumpkin, choosing by touch or by noting which one moves when they shout "Here, boy!"
Carrots, onions, cabbage, and squash all grow on the farm, but corn often takes the spotlight. That's because in the fall, 26 acres of cornfield transform into multiple mazes called Cornfield MAiZE. The mazes have twists and turns that are appropriate for a wide range of age groups, and when Halloween rolls around, a haunted variant also appears as part of Nightmare Acres.
The florists at Ogden City Floral and Gift meticulously craft efflorescent bouquets and colorful arrangements using healthy, vivacious plants and flowers. Bask in the aromatic ambience of the Graceful Wonder bouquet, a burst of pink and white roses matched with Peruvian lilies embracing the reflective romance of a glass vase ($40.69). The Lighthearted Moments mini rose plant, nestled in a woven basket, is a dramatic way to greet the warm weather ($19.99), second only to burning away the legs of all your pants with a magnifying glass and a blowtorch.
Founded at Utah's first nature center 36 years ago, the Ogden Nature Center unites unites members of modern civilizationurban-confined nature-lovers with the awe-inspiring creatures, and creepers of nature, fostering appreciation for local landscapes and wildlife while nurturing stewardship for the environment. Potential packs of pioneers may use their family day pass ($12) to tap their inner Lewis and Clarks by traversing the 1.5 miles of walking trails that dot the 152- acre preserve, passing through pleasant picnic areas, the 100-birdhouse- strong Birdhouse Trail, and the tree house at Dumke Picnic Grove, where visitors may boot up high- powered binoculars and spy stronger views of birds in flight and animals mid-meditation. Spot one of the 149 species of birds that have mingled in the nature center, from the majestic bald eagle and the graceful black-chinned hummingbird to the suave afro-topped disco dodo. The center also plays host to a number of indoor facilities, such as the E. Hugh and Beth Peck Ford Mews -- rehabilitation center—a building in which day-trippers can meet injured eagles, hawks, and owls up- close --— and two of Utah's greenest buildings (the education and visitor centers), constructed out of eco-friendly materials such as recycled ignorance and whose staffs facilitate instruction on sustainable structures.