Rock & Rose Landscapes is an eco-friendly landscape design, installation, and maintenance firm that plants beds with climatically adapted foliage and feeds natural lawns and meadows with organic fertilizers. During a landscaping consultation, Rock & Rose's professional lawn pamperers will discuss specific, site-appropriate plans to reimagine boring backyards and weed-throttled gardens as well-manicured Edens. Ninety minutes is usually enough time to cover all aspects of a project—such as overall design, budget, and maintenance—and definitely enough time to cover the cultural significance of red-capped garden gnomes. While not included in today's deal, Rock & Rose also offers garden installations and on-going maintenance for clients who opt to implement proposed landscaping plans.
The green-thumbed technicians at Gardens by Marsetti cultivate lush, thick lawns with aeration and fertilization services. Clients consult with lawn specialists to describe their yard-related goals, such as achieving grass that's as comfortable to bare feet as socks made of wookie fur. Technicians thoroughly aerate grassy areas, removing plugs of soil to allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to enter the ground and nourish roots. After aerating lawns, technicians determine how much fertilizer is appropriate to foster grass health before feeding eager turf.
For nearly four decades, the Parks and Good families have tilled the fields and nurtured the trees of Victorian Tree Ranch, brightening up holidays with Douglas firs, Silvertips, and cedar garlands. Family members labor alongside each other as they work to make the tree ranch more sustainable, letting laying hens coop among the trees to fertilize the plants. Visitors dive head-first into holiday spirit as they peruse the rows of conifers, sip complimentary apple cider, munch on homemade pumpkin bread, and enjoy the company of snowmen. Customers can also take refuge from the cold in the warming hut.
New Harvest Hydroponics provides a variety of gardening supplies to the indoor or outdoor gardener. Within the airy store, green thumbs can peruse nourishing water filters, root-cradling pots, and parades of plant food. Botanic entrees include Botanicare Blast Off ($17.06), which combines high-potency vitamins and hormones to usher gawky teenage plants into beefy adulthood, or the seed-starting Dyna-Gro Root Gel ($11.95), which feeds baby plants the vitamins and minerals they need to escape their soil cocoons. To curb unwanted growth, a variety of organic pesticides such as Serenade Garden Disease Control ($9.95) can alleviate plants of fungal and bacterial diseases without harming birds, bees, or voyeuristic carnivores.
Virginie Richard, a devout equine enthusiast, opened Mark West Stables more than two decades ago to share her love of horses with students of all ages. She knew she had accomplished her goal when her former student Megan Hernandez came on to work alongside her and instruct new generations of riders.
Together, the two tend to boarded steeds and teach custom lessons in english hunter/jumper-style riding to students of all ages and skill levels, even former riders who want to knock the rust off their old stirrups or horse-shaped motorcycles. Along with lessons, Virginie and Megan offer monthly training programs that supplement tailored instruction with lessons in horse care such as blanketing, medicating, vet appointments, and haircare. During the summer, they also lead fun-filled camps and activities for younger riders.