Sherry Frankel loves horses. An equestrian since childhood, she has taken part in competitions and lessons at many notable American Saddlebred training farms. She passed on her passion to her daughters, Lindsay and Lauren Greenwald, and together they run SGF Winning Ways Farm. Its championship-winning staff teaches every aspect of horseback riding and care from the fundamentals of horseback riding to stallion stud services and jumper training. Additionally, training programs and classes rotate seasonally, with detailed camps in the summer and lessons on how to teach your horse to build snowmen with you in the fall. Members' horses can also be boarded in grass turnout paddocks and 60-foot pens.
The 12 full-size and three mini courts at Huber Tennis Ranch provide an immersive environment in which tennis players can practice strokes, perfect footwork, and improve fitness through classes and open-play times. Head instructor Tony Huber leads a teaching staff certified by the Professional Tennis Registry who instruct both adults and juniors on all aspects of the game, from serves and volleys to congratulating a vanquished ball machine on a valiant effort.
Adults participate in several class styles including programs for beginners or cardio tennis, which combines cardiovascular exercise with high-intensity repetition of on-court mechanics. Juniors can rise through a number of ranks based on age and ability, ranging from introductory classes for beginners to classes that train youngsters for high-level competition. While practicing their strokes, players draw inspiration from Tony's wife, Liezel, among the top-ranked professional women's doubles players in the world and Grand Slam champion of the Australian, French, and U.S. Opens as well as Wimbledon. Huber Tennis Ranch keeps a busy schedule of classes and drills; check the calendar for upcoming times.
Beyond Paradise Nursery spreads scores of succulents, shrubs, flowers, palm trees, and other seasonal plants across its spacious 3-acre facility. Homeowners can fill empty spaces with long-lasting blooms such as 3-gallon Double Knock Out roses ($20), or let the colorful petals of a 3-gallon loropetalum ($16) cheer up a lonely lawn ornament. Encore azaleas ($25 for a 3-gal.) turn their vibrant faces toward driveways and porches; the blossoms of Little John bottlebrushes ($20 for a 3-gal.) blow in the breeze like miniature pom-poms. During the holiday season, a variety of poinsettias will also be available.
Outdoor Homescapes of Houston's designers transform the classic picket fenced yard into luxurious living space. They dream up outdoor living spaces, covered outdoor kitchens, porches and patios, and fireplaces, all tailored to work in harmony with the pre-existing home. The designers visit homes and consult with owners to get the juices flowing, then deliver 3D-renderings of what a remodeled yard could look like. To help convey their full vision, they even set up an online, graphical tour with live blue prints. Keeping homeowners from feeling overwhelmed, the designers break down their drawings into practical steps, allowing clients to complete their ideal backyard through a series of smaller projects.
With an inventory that includes 14 different palms, 11 fruit-bearing varieties, and dozens of fast-growing shade trees, Big Text Tree Nursery furnishes yards with a wide range of greenery that flourishes in the southeastern Texas climate. At each of their locations, a team of garden experts helps shoppers peruse the greenery and select the ideal tree for their garden, while mobile gardening teams deliver and plant selected trees.
Jireh's landscapers help increase the property value of clients' homes, thanks in no small part to tree-related services that can keep yards beautiful. Other services include mulch supply, fertilization, shrub and flower installation, and stump removal.