Urban Farm Store's storied urban farmer Robert Litt quit his job as a landscape architect to form this beloved bucolic boutique—offering the metropolitan masses a chance at their own barnyard bliss with supplies such as organic vegetables (starting at $2.95) and organic fertilizers (bulk, priced as marked). Use your digging skills for good instead of graves when you plant a fruit tree ($12.95 to $27.95). Or nurture a bountiful garden bed using organic potting soil (two cubic feet for $12), which is better than willing plants to grow by rubbing your genie-infested wishing sweater. Urban Farm Store also offers beer-making supplies, cheese-making classes, and pasture-raised meat and eggs far superior to meat and eggs conjured from thin air by starving birthday-party magicians. For the ultimate farm feat, however, adopt and bring home a baby chick ($4.95). These infantile egg producers arrive at the store on certain dates and sell quickly. Urban Farm Store also hosts free classes on basic chicken care every other Thursday at 6:30 p.m., during which they'll explain why it's better to feed chicks with organic chicken feed ($21) than molding clay and clock parts.
Those with surgically implanted green thumbs can find common houseplants (starting at $4.25 for 4" plants) alongside exotic tropical plant species, water-retaining succulent plants, and various cactus varieties. The shop also stocks decorative pottery (starting at $9.99), which includes the work of local and international artists, and baskets for displaying arrangements. The Plant Peddler provides a number of services including design assistance, product delivery, and home visits. Knowledgeable staffers can help transform stark indoor spaces with lush greenery that is beneficial to health and is said to be a natural mood-booster. They also can counsel clients in artful arrangement and plant maintenance in the home or office. And for less long-term commitments, rental plants are available to temporarily enhance the atmosphere for special occasions.
With more than 1,100 stores in 14 countries, Edible Arrangements brightens birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations with bushels of fresh fruit bouquets carved into myriad floral arrays. Fresh-cut fruit disguised as flowers or hand dipped in gourmet chocolates in 6- or 12-piece boxes make for quick gifts or edible apologies for eating the last piece of mistletoe. Selections include a dozen chocolate apple wedges that lie beneath salty and sweet sprinklings of coconut and almonds ($39), or 12 dipped strawberries that don creamy suits of semisweet or white chocolate ($32).
Eco-Logic Permaculture & Landscape Design is a deep-green, vegan company that provides expertise in outdoor living space solutions for residential & business clients including site analysis, hardscape feature & planting design, & edible landscaping, stormwater, & wildlife-enhancement techniques.
Whether pruning Portland's most prominent trees—including a 150-year-old Oregon white oak and a semiretired giving tree—or tending to newborn saplings in residential lawns, the International Society of Arboriculture¬–certified arborists at Urban Forest Pro treat each tree with care, earning the Angie's List Super Service award for three consecutive years. The crew's cornucopia of services includes trimming, deep-root fertilization, and organic pest control using environmentally friendly sprays. After tree pruning and removal, the technicians recycle all branches, milling the large pieces into furniture and repurposing smaller pieces as wood chips for local farms or false teeth for colonial re-enactors.
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.