Frequently, after giving a gardening talk, people will come up to me and describe a problem with their lawn, trees or garden. I listen and try to understand what they’re seeing and I respond as best I can. Sometimes, those questions and answers lead to an invitation to look at a garden first hand. Once there, I’ll recommend a course of action, including follow-up visits as needed to see how things are progressing. That’s called garden coaching.
I don’t maintain gardens and I don’t dig holes. Also, I don’t want to design someone else’s garden. What I do is assess an existing garden or landscape and help its owner understand why something isn’t working (the shrubs won’t bloom, the foundation plantings are too ‘leggy’, and the lawn is filled with plantains) or where to go next. I offer specific alternatives – thin or remove certain trees, replace sun lovers with shade lovers, improve the soil… all ways to get where you want to be.
I’ll give you a detailed written report of what you need to do, I’ll follow up with you as needed; I’ll even take you plant shopping if that’s the way to ensure that you get the look you want. I’ll make certain you’re well educated as you move forward. That’s what coaches are for.
My rates vary by assignment but are generally based on the amount of time I spent with you. If you’re interested, please contact me at betty02052 @ yahoo . com.