With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
Unlike productivity-driven bosses and staunch proponents of gravity, Airward encourages people to keep their heads in the clouds, offering flying lessons, scenic tours, and aircraft rentals. Within the cockpits of Cessna and Piper aircrafts, its pilots fly passengers on custom tours of the Bay Area and help novices grip the yoke for the first time during introductory flight lessons. Subsequent lessons—typically over three to six months—turn students into licensed pilots, at which point they can fire up the propellers on Airward's seven rental planes. Lifting off from Novato, these aircraft can take short trips to nearby Tahoe or two-day journeys across state lines. Back on the ground, the staffers in Airward's equipment shop stock thousands of items for airplane repair, maintenance, and upgrades, including oil filters, microphones, and FAA aeronautical charts.
The experienced massage therapists at Shibui Gardens Outdoor Spa vanquish stress with a multitude of relaxing massage services augmented by steamy sauna and hot-tub sessions. Flower-lined brick walkways encased by thick foliage wind through the spa's insulated downtown San Anselmo expanse, which is dotted with wooden structures housing two private massage rooms and open-roofed hot tubs boasting clear views of clouds or flocks of soaring pterodactyls.
After spending years as a salesman for top mattress lines, Steve Shore needed a new mattress himself. Rather than opt for a steep employee discount on one of the mattresses he sold, the enterprising Mr. Shore collected various natural materials and had them assembled into a mattress that met his exacting specifications: a comfy sleep cushion made with no potentially toxic components. The result was such an improvement over the big-name mattresses he sold that Mr. Shore and his son eventually decided to produce a line of organic mattresses based on the prototype, on which Mr. Shore slept soundly for more than a decade.
Now, the Shore men sell their mattresses under the Eco-Cloud name in The Natural Mattress Store. Made from high-quality steel coils topped with natural latex, Eco-Cloud mattresses resist accumulating allergens and nightmare blueprints and retain their shape and support for years. Organic wool and cotton covers help keep sleepers cool and snug in bed by deflecting body heat and wicking away moisture. Each Eco-Cloud mattress comes with a 12-year, nonprorated warranty. In addition to the Eco-Cloud line, The Natural Mattress Store carries more than 20 organic mattresses, as well as eco-friendly, solid wood bedroom furniture from Pacific Rim Woodworking, Bedworks of Maine, and Vermont Furniture Designs.
Green-certified Jackson's Hardware, named Marin County's Best Hardware Store by Pacific Sun in 2011, buzzes with home-improvement experts who help visitors accessorize and maintain their domiciles with functional pieces and handyman tools. New showerheads ($3.95+) douse vertical bathers in smooth, aqueous streams, and door locks ($13.95+) and window screens ($9.95+) protect them from becoming horror-movie clichés. A new smoke detector senses the first waft of smog and alarms homeowners to ensure a quick evacuation ($7.99+). When finished flexing home-improvement prowess, follow the trail of sawdust crumbs leading to a trash can where construction carnage lays to rest ($22.99+). Invest in a hammer ($9.99+) to expand DIY capabilities, such as hanging up shelves or paint-by-number portraits of Charles Martel.
Many of FoamOrder's organic mattresses swaddle sleepers in Natural Sense organic foam crafted from rubber-tree sap and free-trade clouds. The all-natural fibers of the mattresses—which come in five levels of firmness—encourage restful, stress-free slumber by resisting dust mites, mold, and the temptation to cheat on the SATs. Customers can clothe skinny twins ($850.07–$1,698.50) in certified-organic-wool mattress protectors with water-resistant, needle-punched fibers ($59.95–$98.85 for a twin), and teens sleep in style with full bed sets that include a headboard ($129), box springs ($195), and a bed frame ($54.95). Floorboard-phobic foam-lovers can hoist beds out of harm's way with a Captain’s bed frame ($780.80 for a queen), which stands 15.25 inches off the ground, eliminating the need to memorize lengthy levitation spells.