Located on a serene 9.5-acre nursery with 14 greenhouses and a historic floral shop dating back to 1890, Goldner Walsh Nursery stocks everything DIY landscapers and gardeners need to beautify their outdoor spaces. Shoppers can browse a selection of meat-hungry carnivorous plants ($7.95+), a diverse variety of nursery stock ($29.95+), or the flamingo-pink buds of the Mardi Gras rose and other perennials ($2.95+). A tropical fern invites cats to play jungle make-believe, and a new pot may help plants reach their full potential ($12.95+). The knowledgeable staff at the on-site flower shop helps customers select a chic and sophisticated bouquet to commemorate a loved one’s graduation or moped license acquisition.
The experienced bloomsmiths at Delux Floral Boutique bundle fresh and charming posies into vivid, artful bouquets. One dozen long-stemmed red roses, adorned with ribbon, swaddle themselves in paper or a box to ensure safe delivery of cargo as precious as a dozen Fabergé smurfs. Two dozen long-stemmed roses peek out of a complimentary vase in the Cupid's Arrow arrangement and make a perfect Sweetest Day gift, along with a flourish of seasonal blossoms, such as hydrangeas, celosia, or mums. Delivery is extra, starting at $10, depending on area.
When Branden Donley was in college, he set out with his push mower to earn some cash tidying lawns around the neighborhood. His friend Sam Johnson began pitching in, and though the two were just 18 and 19 years old, their success soon made them realize they could turn their small operation into a full-time business.
That was more than 20 years ago. Branden still runs the business, but today, he shares his love of creating beautiful yards with a staff of more than 40 people. The crew is dedicated to manicuring lawns with services that range from mowing grass and pulling weeds to complete landscaping overhauls. Rather than find a compatible bear to hibernate with during winter months, the crew turns its focus from greenery to snow removal, using its fleet of snowplow trucks to clear commercial parking lots, roads, and paths.
Artistic Outdoor Services deploys trained gardening ground troops to residential homes in a mass effort to clean up front- and backyards for fall. Each five-hour service evicts loitering leaves, sticks, and debris from lawns with astute attention to detail. Once grassy acreages are fully trimmed and primped, homeowners can discuss future projects with the maintenance professionals, such as landscape-design installation, sprinkler services, flower design, mulch installation, or tree and shrub care. Fall cleanup-service appointments are available Monday–Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Gerald and Elisabeth Blake established Blake Farms in 1946 with the help of their 13 children. In the 60-plus years and several generations since, Blake's has spread their operation to three locations across the metro Detroit area. More than 500 acres of orchard and farmland compose the family business, and during certain seasons, that land allows average citizens a chance to give their robotic fruit harvesters a rest and come pick their own apples, strawberries, peaches, and pumpkins. Blake's becomes especially busy with the arrival of autumn, when it hosts an annual fall festival, and Christmastime, when its U-Cut tree program lets families team up to chop down their own tannenbaum.