For more than 70 years, Tallahassee Nurseries has outfitted outdoor spaces with its expansive selection of plants, gardening products, and expert advice. The greenhouse and nursery house hundreds of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and groundcover options, all looking to settle down, raise a brood of young buds, and grow peacefully around the pickets of white fences. Plant a hummingbird bush to coat the ground in a technicolor dream-shrub and attract hungry hummingbirds and nectar-craving bumblebees ($4.99–$6.99). Or, spruce up a once-frosted bed with an assortment of 4-inch bedding plants, ranging from begonias, caladiums, and zinnias to larkspur, snapdragons, and piranha plants ($1.69+).
The School of Arts and Sciences offers plant enthusiasts two days' worth of ambling horticultural education in six different tourable garden locales. Family groups of up to six people can explore six flora-infested Tour of Gardens spaces, either in self-guided sessions or expertly guided tours. Roam the oak-infused lawns and historic rose gardens of the Goodwood Museum & Gardens, or gain the help of a guide to unearth botanical secrets in the secluded Hidden Garden. An educational session at the Organic Vegetable Garden provides aspiring subsistence farmers with tips on garden layouts and compost making, ensuring they'll never again be forced to bite into the sauna-grown potatoes sold in seedy grocery establishments. Junior family members can bounce across a rubber-cushioned, fun-filled green space in the Backyard Playscape.
At Red Hots Salon, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, guests can choose a la carte hair, nail, massage, and skincare services from a full menu of body-cosseting options. The experienced pulchritude professionals ensure that patrons unwind as soon as they walk through the door, plying them with complimentary beverages or, for spa services, glasses of champagne escorted by sweet strawberries plucked from Strawberry Shortcake?s hat.
Nimble fingers massage detoxifying conditioning treatments into scalps, drizzle chocolate treatments onto parched hands, and knead away tension from corporeal landscapes. Red Hots is so focused on pampering guests that it strives to get immediate customer feedback with an online survey that queries, ?Did you find your service to be relaxing and enjoyable?? and ?Should we play more pan-flute music??
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Juan Ten, a native of Valencia who comes from a long line of culinary craftsmen, entices the senses with cooking demonstrations and live flamenco music for the roughly two-hour event. The genial gastronome specializes in paella, a signature dish of Spain that brings families and friends together around the giant pan from which the delectable dish is served. Juan re-creates the experience during a live demonstration as guests gather around the cooking site, an open wood fire that fills nostrils with the aromatic fragrances of roasted garlic, spices, and saffron rice. Ears remain attuned to the mellifluous melodies of master guitarist Silviu Ciulei, strumming the harmonious beats of flamenco music, while tongues stay entertained with the Spanish salad—a mix of lettuce, tomatoes, Spanish olives, and white tuna, splashed with olive oil and wine vinegars—and a complimentary glass of sangria. When the main course arrives, anticipating eaters relish in the tender meats, seafood, or vegetables resting atop a bed of saffron rice.
An active photographer for 39 years, with 27 of those spent in Tallahassee, Richard has long proven himself a master of the memory-capturing craft. With an eye for capturing emotion, Richard turns his aperture to events of all kinds, including weddings, family gatherings, and senior portraits.
Dr. Charles Kent has practiced sclerotherapy since 1998, adding more treatment methodologies—such as vein closures—as he continued training over the years. His sister-in-law, nurse Linda Schank, joins him in his practice, lending her steady hand to perform wrinkle-smoothing Botox injections and Lipotherapy, an injection that breaks down fat membranes in unwanted curves. Schank also specializes in sclerotherapy, which she, too, has practiced since 1998.