An ever-changing landscape of foliage occupies The Plant Professionals's facility, which spans three acres and boasts 18-feet-tall ceilings that tower over everything from the budding pastel blossoms of spring to the pine needles and poinsettias of winter. The company specializes in commercial indoor and outdoor landscape installations, but it also keeps a landscape designer on staff, available by appointment.
Other gardening professionals on staff include interior-plant designers who can artistically arrange interior plantscapes for businesses; resident florist Dave Mansfield, who—informed by more than 50 years of experience—crafts floral arrangements for any occasion; and elves disguised as interior decorators, who arrange wreaths and other home accents for the snow-capped holidays. The Plant Professionals even has a grow-pot exchange on site, which allows patrons to recycle their old planters and pick up new ones for free.
O'Leary Paint rejuvenates drab domiciles with quality wall coatings manufactured in Michigan and geared toward the state’s climate. O'Leary's house-produced paints are Green Wise–certified for adhering to stringent environmental standards and contain no volatile organic compounds. These liquid wall covers are produced using renewable electricity and packaged in containers made from 100 percent recycled materials. O'Leary also stocks a selection of Benjamin Moore paints, offering customers a panoply of choices for refreshing vertical surfaces marred by the grubby handprints, crayon drawings, and height markings of swiftly growing poltergeists.
At Double R Ranch, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders tromp across its trails, nestled next to a gentle, undulating river. Meanwhile elsewhere on the property, golfers take to a nine-hole course that sprawls alongside the ranch’s campgrounds. Families can spend an afternoon or several days taking in the verdant surroundings, where land activities such as hayrides and volleyball games meet water activities in the form of canoeing, tubing, and fishing. Overnight guests can set up camp in one of more than 100 campsites or stretch out in an A-frame chalet that boasts an electric stove, a coffeemaker, and nature’s alarm clock: a bird singing cheerily as it constructs a new split-level nest.
Wielding more than a decade of experience, the professional staff of green-thumbed employees from Natural Creations Landscape Design sees homes through all phases of landscape design and implementation—from three-dimensional renderings to the final handshake. When looking into its crystal design ball, the team takes into account customers' preferences as well as existing fixtures, such as ponds, sprinklers, lighting, and that lone mannequin that just sits in the corner, watching. Once a design has been agreed upon, a member of the crew stays onsite from the beginning of the project to the end to ensure that the plans are properly carried out and the customer’s questions are answered.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening and holiday projects with a large selection of holiday lights, trim, decor, and gifts. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the holiday season, English Gardens transforms each of its retail stores into spectacular Christmas centers with nearly 20 professionally decorated theme trees and everything needed to festively decorate homes.