Bushnells Landscape Industries boasts a vast array of décor for outdoor spaces and gardening tools, as well as flowers and plants, 90% of which are grown on-site. Shoppers can browse the nursery garden and green thumb through locally grown annuals ($3.98 each; three for $10.50) to add a splash of color to black-and-white front yards that were built in the 1950s. As 5-gallon hybrid roses ($27.98 each), 7-inch tapered candles ($4.50 each), or Cretan hand-thrown pottery ($75+) await to brighten porches, patios, and yards, thick-leaved succulents and spiny cacti ($4.98–$25.98) dissuade undiscerning vegetarians from devouring entire gardens.
The greenery experts at Scotts LawnService respect each yard's eccentricities. By conducting an analysis that lists every lawn's strengths and weaknesses—from its turf density to the soil type—they can better customize their treatments to enhance a home's or business's outdoor landscape. The team uses professional Scotts products to fertilize the lawn and expel unwelcome weeds, spreading no more than necessary in order to help preserve the beauty of nature more tactfully than vacuum-sealing every tree. All technicians carry certification from the Scotts LawnService Training Institute. They brandish their expertise to perform specialty services such as aeration, winterization, and weed control.
With a stock of stone art of all shapes and sizes, Lomelis Statuary specializes in turning indoor and outdoor areas into whimsical landscapes. Their diverse gallery highlights water fountains?full-scale or wall-mounted, neoclassical or modern?created from durable cast stone and finished individually by hand. Stone patio furnishings, decorative plaques, human and animal statues, and gazebos topped with intricate cupolas are also available.
A full-service lawn-and-landscape-maintenance company, Truckee Meadows keeps yards verdant with the help of plant experts, years of green-thumb training, and materials from local businesses. Staff members work closely with clients to actualize their wildest landscaping fantasies, consulting with horticulturalists and well-crafted machinery to construct scale models of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon or topiaries shaped like the Lighthouse at Alexandria ($42/hour labor rate for planting and cleanup). Yard technicians shave the beards off of once-hibernating lawns, trimming grass with a package that includes mowing, edging, and blowing of sidewalks and driveways ($20 for 1,500 sq. ft.), and professional rakes de-thatch scruffy backyards ($100 for up to 2,000 sq. ft., $10 for every 500 sq. ft. thereafter), freeing grass from the suffocating press of natural debris. Each landscaping job is tailored to the unique needs of the site, with technicians accounting for eccentricities ranging from uneven surfaces to the appearance of teleporting pine trees.
Born from the imaginations of two brothers running a flower shop, Edible Arrangements has grown from a single neighborhood storefront in Waltham, Massachusetts, to more than 1,100 locations throughout the globe, sending clusters of fresh fruit to deserving loved ones throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Produce artisans arrange delicious bundles of candy-dipped apples, strawberries, and bananas alongside carved melon slices and morsels of orange, grape, and berry, combining the eye-catching color of a floral bouquet with every human's unconscious desire to feast on that bouquet. Guests stop in the store to enjoy fresh-fruit smoothies and salads or pick up baskets to present to sweethearts, friends, or family in person. For web-based gift giving, helpful package tracking allows customers to keep tabs on their remotely ordered bounties of seasonal citrus bouquets and cocoa-covered berries.
Meet the Aguilars. They're the founding family and current owners of Mandarin Hill Orchards, and they've accumulated more than 70 years of storied history on the land where their groves lie. They've battled tree diseases, sudden frosts, and the ravages of time by combining new technologies with age-old farming techniques, never favoring one too much over the other. Their labor has resulted in a delicious crop of citrus, which they'll happily share with visitors to their foothills farm.
But a visit to Mandarin Hill is about more than just the fruit itself. Visitors are also treated to demonstrations of how the farmers pick each orange by hand to ensure ripeness and flavor. Tom Aguilar, the current head farmer, discusses how he led the charge to graft seedlings onto aging mandarin trees, helping to preserve plants that first emerged from seeds back in the 1880s. He also points out the photoelectric solar panels that line the property and keep the farm sustainable and energy-efficient. To the family, each tale of hardship overcome or innovation adopted makes the fruit of their labor taste a little sweeter, a feeling they hope their visitors take away with them.