In addition to being a 2010 Gold Key Grower, Engh provides florist services, workshops, and events. Today’s Groupon, however, applies only to in-store purchases of plants and supplies. Horticulturalists can stock up on vegetable pony packs ($2.99), individual premium annuals ($4.99), gallons of Martha Washington geraniums ($9.99), herbs ($7.99), and small hanging baskets ($19.99). Garden supplies for purchase include Black Gold earthworm mix ($7.99), peat moss ($17.99–$24.99), and black plastic pots ($0.19–$4.99).
The techs at Utah Lawn know that a healthy, green yard can sometimes come at the expense of the environment and homeowners’ pocketbooks. To help minimize those expenses, they inject Enviromoist’s polymer-based substance into root systems, which distributes nourishing plant food while creating a semipermeable barrier that prevents water and vital nutrients from leaching away. Not only does the product help to cut water waste by up to 50%, it also helps pare down water bills, and can even help reduce soil compaction and the maintenance required to keep a lawn looking verdant.
Beyond root health, the landscaping specialists offer a wide range of lawn-care services and solutions, such as underground sprinkler systems that covertly distribute water to thirsty grass blades. When not nourishing plots, techs stay busy making them more beautiful by building water fixtures such as ponds, streams, and waterfalls. Instead of packing up for the winter, specialists strap on snow boots and continue to keep yards tidy by removing snow clumps and slick sheets of ice, helping cut down on the number of slips and falls experienced by homeowners, visitors, and any hibernating bears prone to walking in their sleep.
Winchester Gardens' veteran landscapers and nurserymen stock locally cultivated species of tree, shrub, rose, and ground cover known to thrive in the harsh Utah climate. The shop's ever-changing supply of ornamental grasses focuses on drought-tolerant varieties and dowsing rods for locating underground aquifers. Winchester Gardens' clients may also take advantage of the staff's aesthetic expertise to settle upon the perfect combination of foliage and garden décor such as water features and rocks.
As a plant grows, West Side Nursery's now expansive facility also grew from a small seed. Over its three decades in business, the nursery nourished its modest selection to transform into a now flourishing assortment of specimens that rarely find shelf space at smaller nurseries or big-box stores. As its first claim to fame, West Side Nursery highlights its colorful variety of trees, though more than 120 varieties of shrubs edge in on the spotlight as well. The personable staff members also take the time to talk gardening tips with their customers, from discussing the proper time to water new blossoms to the proper time to take an aging maple for its daily walk.
Vista Farms’ equestrian experts edify saddled-up students ages 5 years and older on the basics of horse handling. At a private, one-hour lesson (a $35 value), mounties can bring their own horse or ride 1 of up to 10 on-site horses, building a new relationship through relaxed strolls and trading favorite novels. Head trainer Lisa Park focuses on building trust between horse and rider, providing a rundown of natural horsemanship skills and national-level showing techniques, and getting maximum height and distance out of built-in ejector saddles.
Arbor Day Nursery's gardeners nurture a vast variety of vegetation and outdoor accessories to help keep lawns looking lush and luxe throughout any season. Help a home get into the haunting spirit with pumpkins ($3–$6), or give the mailman a festive fright by playfully popping out from behind an extra-large 10-gallon shrub ($35). Fruit trees ($45) put the fun back into produce picking by providing easy access to homegrown apricots, pears, or wax, and vessels and ornaments such as colorful clay pots, fountains, statues, and benches ($25–$300) create a comfortable, whimsical living space that any bird would be proud to bathe in.
A fluffy cat and an elephant stand side by side opposite a terra-cotta warrior who sternly glares at an Asian sea dragon. A scene like this can only exist in Hunter S. Thompson’s dreams or at Cast in Stone, where cast-concrete garden figures arrange to form whimsical, imaginative lawn scenes. The artistic concrete smiths shape and sell each product at their retail facility, creating wondrous, durable works in the shapes of animals, religious icons, and classical figures. Molded benches and planters can make a backyard more welcoming to guests, and fountains and birdbaths can provide an alternative place to bathe when the shower is in use.