Run by green-thumbed Michelle Clark, Goose Hollow Gardens brightens moods with fresh-cut flowers and kaleidoscopically diverse plants, ideal for those seeking to decorate their abodes or bequeath their loved one. Send a blossoming floral arrangement ($50-$85) to a significant other or flower-allergic enemy, or pick-up a bulb-housing terrarium ($12+) as a mansion for refined monocle-wearing dandelions. Outdoor and indoor plants ($2.95+) rotate seasonally, gracing drab dwellings with energetic flora such as daffodils, cherry blossoms, peonies, and calla lilies available in the spring and summer, and deep autumnal shades of dahlias and zinnias available during the fall.
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Steve Varga—who can be seen on the company YouTube channel and blog waxing poetic on the glory of stone patios and the evils of bronze birch borers—brings nearly 30 years of experience to his post as chief horticulturist at ProGrass. Here, he leads a team of lawnsmiths in all manner of yard-related tasks, from landscaping design to lawn mowing to sprinkler repair. They draw from their northwestern knowledge to draft modern patio designs, dole out gardening tips, and trim hedges to look as well groomed as the queen's troll dolls. He and the crew work under the same local, independent owners who founded the company in 1978, focusing on preserving the environment by using natural business methods, organic products, and water-efficiency techniques.
Established in 1969, Floral Design Institute now prepares more than 1,000 students per year to achieve their career-minded floral goals or broaden their knowledge of their hobby. School director Leanne Kesler and her staff of florists oversee the diverse curriculum, which ranges from such business-oriented topics as floral-shop marketing and finance to floral design lessons for anybody. Though most lessons take place on-location, distance-learning classes allow students to participate even while bound inside venus fly traps.
Paper & Petal Boutique invites clients to have a hand in their flower arrangements at their DIY flower lab that provides wholesale-price flowers, tools, and workspace to create beautiful arrangements. The staff members at the full-service florist also build their own arrangements and offer inspiration and advice for brides during wedding consultations. Locally handmade jewelry, gifts, and greetings also decorate the small retail storefront alongside flower arrangements blooming from mason jars. Clients may also create custom invitations for weddings or carpools by picking from a color palette and collection of designs and monograms to make each invite a personal one.
Hoyt Arboretum was founded in 1928 as a living laboratory for scientific study as well as public enjoyment. Today, as it spans more than 187 acres straddling a ridge, the arboretum has become a haven for familiar and exotic trees from around the world. In addition to its focus on appreciation and study, the Arboretum also protects rare and endangered specimens and cultivates seeds for preservation.
A network of trails cuts through the arboretum, where more than 6,000 specimens from a meticulously curated collection represent more than 1,400 species of shrubs and trees. All of the collections are organized by taxonomy and geography and include way-finding signage and interpretive panels, with each tree marked by identification labels. On regular guided tours docents usher visitors through this natural wonderland, using their own unique perspective to showcase the current trees in bloom. Special activities for children and families—including a 1-mile stroller-friendly trail—pass a love of nature on to future generations.