Hoyt Arboretum was founded in 1928 as a living laboratory for scientific study as well as public enjoyment. Today, as it spans more than 187 acres straddling a ridge, the arboretum has become a haven for familiar and exotic trees from around the world. In addition to its focus on appreciation and study, the Arboretum also protects rare and endangered specimens and cultivates seeds for preservation.
A network of trails cuts through the arboretum, where more than 6,000 specimens from a meticulously curated collection represent more than 1,400 species of shrubs and trees. All of the collections are organized by taxonomy and geography and include way-finding signage and interpretive panels, with each tree marked by identification labels. On regular guided tours docents usher visitors through this natural wonderland, using their own unique perspective to showcase the current trees in bloom. Special activities for children and families—including a 1-mile stroller-friendly trail—pass a love of nature on to future generations.
Miller Paint is a Northwest based company that has been supplying paint and coatings for the Pacific Northwest since 1890.
With 37 stores throughout Oregon and Washington, a healthy assortment of private dealers, and 40+ Fred Meyer locations, we most likely have a store near you if you're in Oregon or Washington!
Kaleidoscope Paint offers more than 3,000 liquid-color samples from the Benjamin Moore paint palette, a convenient resource that allows prospective painters to evaluate a color before prematurely transforming their walls. The professional color consultants are on site Monday–Saturday (11 a.m.–3 p.m.) to provide expert assistance and laser retinas to match paisley furniture and plaid preferences with the most relevant color for surrounding walls. Once a shade has been solidified, Kaleidoscope Paint has all the necessary interior and exterior tips and tools to complete the job, whether you're going the DIY route or paying the kid neighbor in broken bicycles and empty promises. Per gallon, Benjamin Moore prices range from $29.95 for No V.O.C. Eco Spec paints, to $46.95 for Regal Eggshell paint, to $54.95 for Bath and Spa paints.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
BedMart furnishes restful sleep with an arsenal of slumber-inducing mattress sets. The solid support of King Koil’s Arlington model ($779.95–$1,199.95) relieves bodies of the aches accrued from overworking pressure points and napping in ball pits, and Serta’s Perfect Sleeper Arborwood ($979.95–$1,399.95) a memory-foam mattress that cradles snoozers with detachable arms. Three comfort options for Five Star Mattress’s Stanwyck ($479.95–$799.95) can accommodate sleepers of all persuasions, from the hibernation-ready extra firm to the fluffy pillow top.
At Hydroponics & Organics, a team of knowledgeable green thumbs equips progressive gardeners with the materials and tools needed to propagate plants in any environment. Nestle non-genetically modified fruit, vegetable, or flower Territorial Seeds ($2+) in natural, aerated Ocean Forest soil ($10.75) or add Roots Organic potting soil ($10.75) for better drainage and to sustain heavily feeding plants. Newborn sprouts can safely thrive away from the cruel taunts of Cabbage Patch Kids in 5–15-gallon Smart Pots—soft-sided containers that allow aeration of the plant's base to promote resilient, highly branched root-structures ($5.35–$8.95). The gardening shop also offers a host of stimulating plant foods ($29.99), seed mats ($22.95), and fans ($54.95) to simulate Mother Nature's nurturing need to continually keep children cool, comfortable, and full of ice cream.