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.
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).
The bean-brewing Boyd family has been serving up local, sustainable, and international brews for the Portlandic public since 1900. Parched patrons who stop by one of Boyd Coffee Company's locations can throw back a steamy glass of Italian espresso ($1.40 for a single, $1.70 for a double) for an early morning wake-up call, or opt for the decadent caffe white chocolate mocha for a sweet surge ($2.85 for 12 oz., $3.25 for 16 oz., and $3.70 for 20 oz.). The local coffeteria's menu also serves up teas (from $1.50), frozen beverages (from $3.40), and pastries ($1.25–$4.50) to appease indecisive stomach-minds.
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.
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