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.
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.
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.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
The designers at Art Heads Custom Framing preserve portraits, paintings, collectibles, and family heirlooms. These aesthetic experts?who recently framed a pair of gloves formerly inhabited by Marilyn Monroe's hands?consult with clients to customize a frame based on clients' display preferences, the significance of the memorabilia, and whether soon-to-be-framed items might attempt escape. Using these designations, clients draw inspiration from more than 3,000 frame samples to craft frames that include such touches as decorative mouldings and UV-resistant glass.