A 3.5-acre horticultural haven, Millcreek Gardens gives bloom-seekers a means to realize dreams of colorful, lush outdoor spaces by presenting a wide array of shrubs, trees, and assorted flowerpot inhabitants. Stroll amid verdant rows of plant life, perusing prettified foliage ranging from the serene cerulean hues of a delphinium to the cheerful, bubbly blooms of a hydrangea. Accent a lovely lawn with a classic apple tree ($40+), make the bed for a plot of fragrant flowers ($2–$20), or cover up barren yards with a symphony of shrubbery ($6.50–$50). The one-stop shop also stocks organic plant foods, soil amendments, and fertilizers for keeping growing greenery as strong as a box of oxen.
The techs at Specialized Pest Control erect bug barriers throughout customers' homes to ward off unwanted creepy-crawlies. In the insect treatment, entry points such as windows, doors, and vents are treated with a spray designed to ward off spiders, earwigs, flies, mosquitoes, neighborhood bullies, pavement ants, and wasps. A spray of the home's entire foundation further works to evict invertebrate roommates. If homeowners prefer, techs can target thresholds that lead inside the house, or the team can head indoors to put an end to extended flea circuses and grasshopper music festivals. Specialized Pest Control's bug blockers consider safety as their top priority, applying all pesticides carefully so as not to harm residents or the environment.
Sweet William Floral and Design's aesthetically inclined duo beautifies homes, weddings, and special events with custom floral bouquets and assorted gifts. Surprise a loved one on an anniversary or treat a cat to an elegant snack with a vase flower arrangement filled with fresh blossoms ($30+). A wedding bouquet ($80+) adds vibrancy to a hallowed ceremony, and wedding attendees dazzle newlyweds with gifts, including jewelry, home décor, and cards ($5–$80). Green plants ($25+) add comfort to living quarters, and bouquets of a dozen balloons ($10) help parents compete with a magical nanny's flying umbrella.
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.
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.