With his characteristic penchant for making things blossom, Chris Urquhart has grown his one-truck operation into one of the area's largest independent lawn-care providers. Green Unlimited's friendly staff of grass-tenders dutifully exiles weeds and feeds soil. In the off-season, they sharpen their skills by attending conferences, sitting in on seminars, and eavesdropping on the giggled conversations of trees at slumber parties. The company's arsenal of all-organic lawn-care tools fosters healthy growth and removes unwanted weeds through natural additives.
Lauded by numerous media outlets such as The Dr. Oz Show and O magazine, Essentia's memory-foam beds offer an all-natural and organic alternative to synthetic sleep aids. Crafted from a blend of organic tree sap, essential oils, and plant extracts, the cushiony foam coddles craniums and bodies by shifting its shape to fit each snoozer's form. Pillows cradle heads in a cool embrace, as the highly breathable foam allows body heat to dissipate, unlike conventional pillows or throw pillows made of old waffle irons. Seven mattresses ($1,489–$6,489) offer up the plush foam formula in varying levels of firmness, supporting backs of all shapes.
Oziles' rental watercrafts exemplify the outfitter’s mission to empower Ottawans to explore and conserve their surrounding waterways. A fleet of canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats let guests power their own adventures in the water, complete with safety equipment. The tackle shop is fully stocked with everything necessary for fishing, from equipment for your rental boat to refreshments and snacks to enjoy once you return.
Perhaps Budd Gardens Ltd.’ story begins back in the fields of Ukraine, when a young Peter Bodnaryk lost his father to a lightning strike, leaving him an orphan to be raised by his village. Or perhaps the story begins when, years later and at the urging of a poster inviting Ukrainians to Canada, Peter sold his small plot of land and hopped a boat to Quebec City. Regardless of where the seed of Budd Gardens Ltd. was planted, the true story began to unfold in Ottawa in 1913. It was then that Peter—having shortened his surname to Budd—met his wife Theresa, and the two joined forces to found a business that would end up thriving through most of the 1900s and into the new millennium.
More than a century has passed since these events unfurled, and Peter and Theresa’s hard work and passion for gardening has been lovingly tended to and passed down through the Budd family, resting now with their grandsons, Don and David. The brothers immersed themselves in the business early on, piloting tractors around the farm at the tender age of 10, working each summer in the greenhouse, and selling the farm’s bounty at local markets. Today, the pair works tirelessly to maintain the same values of uncompromising attention to detail and customer service that were set forth by their grandparents decades ago.
Budd Gardens Ltd.'s close-knit staff—comprised of family members and seasoned veterans who return to the gardens year after year—takes their work seriously, bustling about the sprawling farm to coax vibrant blooms and verdant plants forth from the soil. The knowledgeable team remains on hand throughout the day, offering up their horticultural prowess to help visitors choose suitable plants for their home gardens and to dole out advice, such as when to plant what or how to quash lawn-gnome uprisings. Though they are purveyors of numerous plants, including hardy field-grown perennials, their signature flora remains hostas, which, because they are sold in their juvenile stage, promise to yield years of greenery.
Wicker Emporium’s product buyers scour lands near and far to find elegant home accents for their customers. The practice of travelling to different countries began more than 35 years ago, when the company’s heads joined the crew of a pirate ship to pay off a gambling debt. Today, in 20 stores across Atlantic Canada and Ontario, customers can still browse pillows, quilts, mirrors, outdoor accessories, and shelves imported from local manufacturers and international crafters.
Saunders Farm's Haunting Season provides enough ghoulish delight to awaken the deadest of zombies. Eleven mazes make for ample meandering possibilities, and a haunted hayride swerves through 35 acres of horror-filled forest, surveying more than 20 scenes of performance, special effects, and bad ghost breakups. The 150-year-old barn of terror takes trekkers through the abandoned pathways of Saunders Farm, and the corn cannon launches cobs more than 400 feet. Quell scaredy-cat stomachs with a complimentary bag of fresh-popped kettle corn.