The landscape architects and gardeners at Kingston Nurseries have a passion for creating crisp outdoor designs. Randall Wieting––one of the nursery's principal horticulturists––boasts more than 30 years of experience in the designing and building of landscapes, and works to meld mass, scale, color, line, shape, contrast, rhythm, and texture into each unique outdoor space. The garden center provides helpful advice for home gardeners looking to stock up on greenery or inquire about the latest new plant species available for purchase. Still, staff members can't help but exercise their design muscles daily, so they also invite customers to bring in their home containers, then draft seasonal green displays to suit any budget or occasion.
Clasped between Saguaro National Park and the Ironwood Preserve, Double R Ranch appears as though it were plucked straight from the frames of an old Western movie. The windswept grounds stand as a gateway to the thousands of untouched acres that quietly stitch together the Northwest side of Tucson. The ranch gives visitors a chance to explore that land with horseback rides and birthday parties. It also offers weekend getaways and RV hookups to city-dwellers in need of an escape from the crowds and door-to-door minivan salesmen that come with urban living. Double R also accommodates guests who have their own horses with overnight stabling services.
Since 1959, Guignard Florist has been a flowery haven, supplying customers both from its colorful shop and via delivery throughout Onondaga County. The store prides itself on featuring the freshest flowers in novel arrangements, most of which change daily, like an indecisive animorph. Its insistence on using in-season blooms whenever possible ensures that bouquets leave the shop smelling their sweetest. The Serene Retreat ($47.95) is a riot of greenery, starring dieffenbachia, spathiphyllum, ficus, and boston fern in an elegant clay dish, and a dozen red carnations ($32.50) arrayed in a clear glass vase provide the elegance of pricier roses with the delightful texture of a spongy clown extremity. Save space and adhere to simplicity with the Tender Trio ($19.99), three pink roses presented with stylish foliage in a curvy vase.
Since 1903, Davis Florist & Greenhouse’s family of flora artists have crafted delicately designed bouquets and arrangements from fresh and blossoming flowers. A bounty of orange roses, hot pink and red carnations, and matsumoto asters overflow from a clear glass vase in the How Sweet It Is bouquet ($34.95+); a dozen red roses peak from an elongated glass house ($54.95) to help couples celebrate anniversaries with more grace and romanticism than a Gone with the Wind audio book narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Birthday festivities commence with the Fly Away Birthday Bouquet, which teems with a symphonic septet in the rainbow’s favorite colors ($52.95+). Reams of classic chicness populate the Simply Elegant spathiphyllum, which placates a warmongering wicker pot with a white peace lily emerging from dark leafy greens ($42.95).
Starting as a child at the age of five, Louis DiCrescenzo wandered between rows of vines, toddling along behind his grandfather as he worked the vines in their family vineyard in Monte San Biagio just south of Rome. Today, with four generations of winemakers behind him, Louis and his son Michael combine tradition and innovation to create high quality estate-bottled wines at Altamont Vineyard & Winery. With more than 20 types of grapes grown and harvested in the Helderberg mountains of Upstate New York, Altamont Vineyard & Winery produces a carefully curated selection of fine red and white wines. Visitors can take meandering tours of the picturesque winery and vineyard, cruising through the vines, heading to the wine room to see how it's all made, and sipping samples of the final result: adult juice boxes. The vineyard is also an ideal destination for events, private parties, tastings, and tours.