Lawn Doctor's roots lead back to the mid 1960s, when friends Bob Magda and Tony Giordano took on the endeavor of reviving uncared-for lawns in their hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. Their local business has since blossomed into a national franchise with more than 500 locations across the United States, each adhering to the mission of enhancing lawns' allure with time-tested techniques, dedicated customer service, and dabs of foundation makeup.
Before Lawn Doctor's assiduous staffers unleash expertise on swards, they arrive at the client's home for a complimentary consultation to gauge each lawn's specific needs. Grass gurus can thicken turf with their patented Turf Tamer power seeder and foster healthy growth for grass, trees, and shrubs with fertilizer. Uninvited lawn assailants—such as crickets, ants, and grazing neighbors—shudder at the sight of Lawn Doctor's pest-control experts. The company also helps to preserve Mother Nature's receding hairline with organic lawn treatments and natural, eco-friendly products.
Stocking lauded furniture brands, including Lloyd Flanders and Brown Jordan, the adept designers at Blackjack Gardens help chic-seeking customers find couches, chairs, and trimmings to outfit their roofless retreats. Among the extensive collection are simple and stylish sling seats such as the Crimson Casual Bayside chair ($159). The shop's array of accessories, including Vietri Aladdin outdoor silverware ($20–$99) and planters, primp patios. Deck dwellers will also find myriad ways to spruce up dining digs with seat-soothing cushions and Treasure Garden outdoor umbrellas, which offer protection from the harsh sun and privacy from the eavesdropping moon.
A locally owned business for more than 35 years, Flowers from the Heart is a trusted bloom boutique that caters to efflorescent-minded gifters celebrating any occasion. Surprise a special someone with a delivery of roses($25¬–$175; delivery available only for orders $35+), or bring a potted palm($35–$75) to your favorite palm reader, just like she knew you would. Today's deal is good toward anything in the store, with the exception of the people who work there, although even they might be won over if surprised with a lush seasonal arrangement.
Sips and Snips guides budding blossomists in the practiced art of petal arranging using flowers from local nurturer Helena Florist. Skilled instructors teach amateur artists how to arrange seasonal and themed bouquets during the approximately two-hour classes. The upcoming Spring Fever class on April 7 ($45) celebrates vernal splendor, and Greetings from the Garden on April 19 ($40) coaches flowers in proper diction so they can drop their uncouth Cockney accents.
Tuscaloosa Flower Shoppe's skillful florists pick, pluck, and primp a variety of blossoms to craft unique floral arrangements inspired by modern design. The white daisies, chrysanthemums, carnations, and roses of the Hugs and Kisses bouquet serve as a heartwarming apology ($34.95), and a ribbon-accented trio of red roses broadcasts its coordinates to a trigger-happy Cupid ($24.99). Customers can surprise friends, lovers, and cage-fighting opponents with other artful, decorative arrangements such as the Garden in Glass, a cylindrical vase that houses the verdant grace of ivy, arrowheads, and a snake plant ($39.95). Like a ray of sunlight reflecting off a chandelier of gold watches, a yellow flower basket illuminates rooms with alstroemeria, chrysanthemums, and roses snuggled in a round wicker basket ($41.95).