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.
Owner Michael Roloff pairs his decades of construction experience with business partner Nathalie Pillsbury’s engineering and design prowess to execute stylish building projects with a careful attention to aesthetic detail. Building teams regularly synchronize and coordinate scheduling with architects and suppliers and foster long-term relationships with trusted subcontractors to complete such projects as tiled bathrooms and cherry-wood kitchen cabinets. Past masterpieces from Roloff’s handiwork include architecturally consistent garage and porch expansions and an Old World–style wine cellar with a hidden door that opens when you say “oenophilia” correctly five times fast. In addition to renovating existing spaces and repairing leaky sinks, drafty windows, and sticking doors, the talented crew at Roloff Construction wills into existence tasteful modern additions to sunrooms.
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.
After the untimely explosion of your Barcalounger leaves your home in ruin and burn marks, take life’s lemons and make lemoncake. Today’s Groupon gets you $60 worth of design products from Relish for $25. Use the opportunity to redecorate your living space with sustainable, nature-inspired items. If you have spaces to adorn but lack a decorator’s eye, you can put your Groupon toward a one-hour home consultation during which a specialist will visit your place, suggest potential design schemes, and recommend products for a thorough renovation (a $75 value).
Crystal Springs' highly trained terraformers transform lawns and landscapes into living, photosynthesizing works of art. Today's deal nets you a handsome column rock bubbling fountain hewn by the hands of professional designers and masterfully installed with professional-grade products. Installation includes a consultation visit to decide the fountain’s location; three column rocks; decorative river rock; a water reservoir with lifetime warranty, flow control valves, and pump; and a one-year warranty on parts and labor. To ensure proper installation, each fountain requires at least a 5'x5' area and a dozen synchronized-swimming robins.
With 30 years of combined interior-design experience, Lisa Field and Michael Newsom of Urban Elements Interior Space carefully recraft residences into paragons of inviting, 21st century design. Over the course of a one-hour consultation, the team considers the function, color scheme, and layout of room after room, from cluttered kitchens to living rooms ruled by bands of wisecracking housecats. Based on their observations, they might offer suggestions for new paint colors, fresh arrangements of furniture, organizational solutions, or possible purchases. Urban Elements also turns a practiced eye toward outdoor areas, providing ideas for turning dingy patios and unkempt yards into beguiling, al fresco edens that foster summertime relaxation and draw the envy of truck-bound FBI surveillance teams.