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.
Molbak's hooks casual gardeners up with a wide selection of flowers and the means to manipulate them. The spacious facility shelters rows of plant life—with new batches brought in daily from Molbak's 40-acre farm 3 miles up the road—then keeps them healthy with a clear glass roof that lets them bask in the sun's lustful stares. As the floral selection evolves throughout the seasons, you'll be able to spice up your lawn's stale sensory gumbo with a variety of annuals, perennials, trees, edibles, and houseplants. Flowers start at $9.99 and go as high as $119.99, and Molbak's growers will do their best to meet specific requests if you absolutely have to have that special flower to get past the Goombas surrounding your house. Deck horticultural halls with Molbak's myriad holiday plants and accessories. More than 35 varieties of poinsettias are available to lend a blushing brilliance to homes and haystack houses, while the nursery's 14-foot-tall poinsettia Christmas tree elicits tears of jealousy from mere evergreens. Other holiday goodies available for purchase and perusal include ornaments, tree trim, wreaths, and lights.