The florists at Norton's understand the thoughtful sentiment behind a vase full of velvety roses, a ribbon-strewn corsage, or a summery bouquet, handmaking each floral masterpiece to complement a wide range of special occasions. They owe their expertise to Norton's well-established tradition as a local institution and family-run enterprise—the shop traces its origins back to 1892, an age when men still wore hats, horse-drawn carriages roamed the streets, and a gift of flowers was a legally binding marriage contract. Today, Norton's creates gifts for nearly any occasion, from bright yellow flowers in a smiley-face vase for Get Well messages, to full-scale designs of arrangements and bouquets for weddings.
Emblazoned with the company motto—“We Deliver the WOW!”—Norton's fleet of brightly colored delivery vans travels throughout Washtenaw County seven days a week, brightening homes with floral well-wishes, unique gifts, and romantic roses.
The hibernation experts at Mattress & Futon Shoppe help foster deep sleep with cushions from top brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and Corsicana. Well-versed in all forms of sleep habits, the store employees are happy to expound on the finer points of each mattress they keep in stock, which range from traditional innerspring beds to high-tech gel memory-foam mattresses. If your new mattress doesn't feel right or already has a family of monsters sleeping under it, Mattress & Futon Shoppe has a 100-day Don't Worry Sleep Happy comfort warranty, and you can return the unwanted item to one of 13 convenient locations.
For more than a quarter century, Margolis Nursery has helped beautify landscapes with its selection of plants, trees, and supplies. A hearty collection of shrubbery cures the doldrums of a dejected lawn, with 2-gallon gold-cluster forsythias promising to brighten yards with bushes of golden yellow ($14) and 5-gallon endless summer hydrangeas joyously deploying their cool hues ($41). The 6- to 7-foot flowering dogwood ($100), famous for its bunches of hot-colored bracts and inability to operate a motor vehicle, spruces the vertical plane with its delicate umbels. Beneath all manicured shrubbery is a Monty Python reference and a solid foundation, obtainable in a variety of soils and mulches such as topsoil ($21/cu. yd.) or hardwood mulch ($27/cu. yd.), which brings out the vibrant colors of the plants it supports with its earthy tones. Margolis' green-thumbed staff provides free consultations for tentative gardeners and lawn enthusiasts ready to fill in the void between the sidewalk and the house.
Since its establishment in 2001, Nature's Garden Center has furnished customers with the foliage and expertise to turn their homes and gardens into inviting bucolic masterpieces. The center's staff spearhead this leafy endeavor by wandering the nursery answer questions, make recommendations, and consult on envisioned Edens. Plants ranging from shade trees and evergreens to annuals and perennials permeate the space with intoxicating smells, filling home landscapers with inspiration and locked-out honeybees with painful longing.
For less DIY-oriented gardeners, the center's customer service comes to the rescue through on-site services including landscaping and tree installations. The team's skills span the landscaping spectrum from design to renovation, incorporating components such as sod, retaining walls, and irrigation.
Each Oasis Hot Tub Gardens location offers at least 14 private rooms with temperature-controlled tubs, each depicting a different vacation spot. Retreat to the distinguished air of Isle Royale, bask in Vancouver's aqueous ambience, soak sore bones in the indoor atrium, or enter enlightenment in the Japanese-inspired garden. There are indoor and outdoor hot tubs for moistened loungers of all seasonal preferences, and each private garden comes replete with a multi-channel music system with an MP3 player option, an enclosed dressing room with shower, soap, and towels, plus free romantic air donated by the mother of all nature, Mother Nature.
Plymouth Nursery’s degreed horticulturists and certified nurserymen can help accessorize gardens by guiding prospective planters through a lush 16 acres of outdoor flora, 12,000-square-foot greenhouse, and newly renovated garden center. Prickly rose bushes, sweet honeysuckles, and more than 100 other plants and shrubs adorn the plant playground outside. Green velvet boxwoods add color to front walkways ($24.99 in 12–15” pots), Quick Fire hydrangeas easily win shootout duels with rabbits ($19.99 in 15–18” pots), and Knock Out roses melt tween hearts with their glistening washboard stems ($24.99 in 15–18” pots). Frolic through the greenhouse to discover rows of fresh water lilies, painted daisies, and ferns, each hand-selected and carefully monitored by gardening experts.