On a secluded ranch near the Cotopaxi volcano, the powerful Ecuadorian sun nourishes Las Rosas' rose bushes before they are carefully harvested and shipped to the Minneapolis store. Rare rose varieties, grown in the ranch's temperature- and humidity-regulated greenhouses, range from 45 centimeters to six feet in length, so customers can use them to measure a kiddie pool to the depth of a fathom. Their flowery palette in hand, the shop's resident floral artists can craft arrangements or bouquets for weddings, holidays, and other events.
Anthony Shane Florist specializes in traditional arrangements such as a dozen ruby-red Valentine's Day roses ($69) or a bouquet of white roses and lilies ($66). But the florists' freakish green thumbs also makes them quite skilled at European dish gardens, high-style arrangements, silk flowers, funeral designs, dried flowers, and tropicals. As such, you can put a Jimmy Buffett spin on this year's Valentine with the Paradise Found, an arrangement of Asiatic lilies and alstroemeria dotted with birds of paradise in a square black container ($60.95). For something less austere, cheer up the dinner table with a glass bowl of white daisies and solidago ($47.95).
In September 2008, Hurricane Ike made landfall in Texas, tearing up trees and demolishing entire houses and towns. When the crews at Urban Tree & Landscape, hundreds of mile north, heard about the destruction, they headed down to Houston to help with the recovery efforts. After a tornado touched down in southern Minneapolis in 2009, the arborists cleared debris and felled trees around the clock. This willingness to tackle the hazardous jobs that other tree services turn down is the cornerstone of the business.
The winner of Angie's List 2011 "Super Service Award", the tree experts at Urban Tree & Landscape offer a number of tree services, including pruning of young and mature trees, removal, and untangling rogue paratroopers. Their knowledgeable field reps have fought off the pests that have laid waste to the emerald ashes and oak population using eco-conscious pesticides. Customers have also lauded their landscaping team, who adds value to homes by planting gardens and installing features such as stone fireplaces and outdoor kitchens.
Spanning a team that includes master arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, the woody-plant specialists of Premium Tree Protection diagnose and treat ailments such as disease, insect infestations, and nutrient deficiencies. Tree doctors set up free consultations with homeowners to assess both the current health of trees and shrubs and when they'll be allowed out to play again. Based on their findings, the arborists may recommend services that range from dutch elm disease prevention to emerald ash borer prevention or therapeutic treatment. Confident in their track record of curbing the exotic invaders, Premium Tree's forestry experts offer a money-back guarantee on any tree that expires within two years of being treated preventively for emerald ash borers.:
With an emphasis on unique, hard-to-find garden specimens and garden décor, Uncommon Gardens supplies plants, tools, and accessories to create personalized havens. Planters looking to customize chlorophyll shrines can choose from four-packs and larger vegetables ($2.79–$4.99) and herbs ($3.49+). Annuals ($2.79–$5.99) and perennials ($3.29–$19.99) serve as colorful reminders for yearly dentist's appointments, and a selection of more than 35 varieties of succulents greedily hoard water ($7.99+). For those just starting to build their own tomato-and-english-muffin patch, Uncommon Gardens supplies aspiring green thumbs with tools, fertilizers, and watering cans. Landscape services are also available at Uncommon Gardens.
The landscape artists at Joyce Lawn and Snow ensure that residential and commercial properties throughout the greater Twin Cities area stay clean and pleasing to the eye. Once they swoop in and take charge of the outdoor situation, property owners can kick back and watch as grass becomes greener and shrubs become more like their father, Richard Simmons. The crew handles almost anything related to grounds maintenance, including tree and snow removal, gutter cleaning, weed control, and seasonal cleanups.