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Torres Landscaping keeps lawns green and healthy through an array of lawn-maintenance and landscaping services. The outfit’s licensed and insured team restores lawns to wellness with mowing and edging and then blows the area free of grass clippings and Sasquatch toenails. For larger greenery overhauls, the company can also remodel exterior landscaping with services such as planting trees and installing sod, lighting, and waterfalls. Pressure washing and fence repair are also available to upgrade lawn ornaments.

1056 Haven Ave
Redwood City,
CA
US

With hundreds of exciting exhibits and two seminar stages, the 31st-annual South Bay Home & Garden Show displays the latest trends in home design and pairs homeowners with top remodeling experts. Use your ticket ($10 at the door, $7 online; $8 for seniors at the door, $5 for seniors online) to browse the exhibitors' newest products and home solutions, with displays on decorating, home accents, interior design, and remodeling offering ideas for bedrooms, kitchens, and Batcaves. Guests for this year's event include Ahmed Hassan, the landscaping mastermind of DIY Network's Yard Crashers and Turf War, who'll give tips on how to spruce up the backyard. The Wine Guy Unplugged host Anthony Gilardi will also make appearances on Saturday and Sunday to film segments for his show while leading visitors in an exquisite wine tasting.

5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara,
CA
US

Classes are held Monday—Friday at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.; Saturday at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m; and Sunday at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.

5358 Sheridan Rd
Sunol,
CA
US

At Maloney's Horses and Ponies, majestic steeds graze and buck in open pastures backed by a landscape of picturesque rolling hills and whispering ocean waves. Standing in the sea breeze is Cheryl Maloney, the proprietor and head riding instructor. Before opening her school, Cheryl taught throughout the United States and England, most recently directing the Stanford Riding School for 12 years. She is joined by fellow instructors Sara Williams, Sarah Platshon, and Jack Gosse-Fuchs; together, the team leads lessons in English-style riding for students of all ages and skill levels.

During lessons, students learn the fundamentals of riding—from sitting in a basic balancing position to standing while singing the horse anthem—along with necessary horsemanship skills such as grooming and tacking. The lessons take place in Maloney's all-weather back sand arena, where picturesque ocean views frame a colorful jumping course, and a front arena dedicated to dressage and flat exercises. The school also has access to more than 7 miles of beach trails that lead riders on explorations of the bluffs or trots down to the surf. The school also boards horses, sells and leases new mounts, and holds summer camps for riders up to 15 years old.

1820 Cabrillo Hwy. N
Half Moon Bay,
CA
US

Tucked into the hills of Rancho Corral de Tierra lies Ocean View Farms, where sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean combine with the expertise of Agnes Sadeghi, an instructor accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association, to attract equine enthusiasts for lessons and trail rides. Agnes brings a lifetime of experience to the farm, as she began to ride at the age of 6 and went on to master British horsemanship exams as a teen—earlier than most riders and just after most centaurs. Her goal for students is to turn them into independent riders through dressage and jumping lessons conducted atop palomino paint horses and arabian thoroughbreds. Beginning riders can show off advancing skills on Two for Trail rides through the hills of Rancho Corral de Tierra and McNee Ranch State Park, whereas more advanced riders can take on longer, more difficult routes.

331 Main St
Half Moon Bay,
CA
US

For more than three decades, ABC Tree Farms have provided the Bay Area with seasonal fun October through December. Summer inspires the first round of recreation in the form of Summer Fun Zones packed with inflatable bounce houses masquerading as castles and slides and fresh harvests of local cherries, peaches, melons, and other fruits. During October, they run 20 pumpkin-themed locations, some of which also feature inflatable bounce houses and other attractions. Once Thanksgiving passes, groves of Christmas trees spring up, having made their way south from Oregon and Washington. There they will stand until Christmas Eve, hoping to decorate homes or become the model that inspires a revamped line of evergreen air fresheners.

2501 Tully Rd
San Jose,
CA
US