With a degree in landscape architecture from Washington State and more than 20 years of experience, Chris McAuslan crafts custom designs for both residential and commercial properties. When he isn't stocking his nursery with beautiful trees and shrubs, he installs landscape lighting, waterfalls, synthetic grass, and eco-friendly, solar-powered flowers.
Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.
A pesticide-free and carbon-neutral company, Lush Eco Lawns avoids harsh chemicals in lawn-grooming services. The crew includes a certified arborist and gardener. In addition to offering basic services, such as weekly mowing, core aeration, and hedge trimming, crew members also design rolling landscapes. The Lush Alive program feeds grass plots with a unique fertilizer, which brims with microorganisms and nutrients that work with nature rather than replacing grass blades with painted steel slivers. When the Lush Eco Lawns staffers aren't nurturing botanicals, they attend workshops and trade shows, where they proudly display their verdant thumbs.
There's something for everyone at The Den Coffee House & Cafe, from the drip coffee connoisseur to the gluten-free pastry lover. Hot and cold drinks are prepared with care by the Caffe D'Arte-certified baristas, and guests can pick up whole-bean coffees or loose-leaf teas for home brewing and drinking. Pastries and other sweets are baked fresh daily, including banana bread, gluten-free brownies, and signature cookies. The Coffee House also hosts several different types of alternative milks including coconut and almond. Live music on the weekends provides a lively atmosphere without the help of caffeine or by switching out sugar for smelling salt.
Surrounded by its lush, aromatic fields dotted with purple blooms, Woodinville Lavender assembles its namesake flower into everything from fresh-cut stems to scented soy candles. Whether shopping for sachets, relaxing on the outdoor patio, or cutting your own stems from one of the many organic lavender bushes, Woodinville creates an idyllic setting in the heart of the local wine country.
For 12 years, Ryan Ringe battled wildfires in Idaho, Washington, and Alaska, learning about forestry while preventing the destruction of natural areas. Now an ISA-certified arborist and tree-risk assessor, Ringe owns Arbor Barber Tree Service, where he trims, removes, and maintains trees alongside a crew of trained and certified professionals. Free consultations are included to assess trees, shrubs, and hedges for health problems, potential hazards, and hidden Swiss Family Robinson residences. The technicians perform all work according to ISA and ANSI standards to maintain the safety of both humans and plants.