With a focus on useful plants for holistic, sustainable gardens including medicinal, edible, native, low-maintenance, water-wise, and wildlife friendly plants, I aim to create accessible and beautiful gardens to empower my clients to live in deeper connection to the land.
While gardens can be a sanctuary and a source of great personal joy, they are not just for us! Gardening with purpose allows us to provide a slice of restorative habitat for birds, pollinators, insects, and critters -- a form of earth activism, if you will. How can gardens be a source of health and well-being to our mind, body and spirit, our communities, and our ecosystems?
I come to the garden table with a background in environmental science, botany, and herbalism, and years of experience working in plant nurseries, vegetable farms, and herb gardens.
I offer garden design, consultation + coaching, and maintenance. I also install gardens through the permaculture focused, female owned business, Common Sense Gardens.
To help bring your garden vision to life, I begin with an in-person garden consultation in order to generate a bid and create a design concept for your space. From there, a second site meeting for measurements and site analysis allows me to build a custom design plan with a plants and materials list. I provide both a hands-off option for plant procurement and plant placement, or a D.I.Y. approach where you can shop and plant on your own and utilize a coaching session for any additional help needed. A final walkthrough with care instructions and maintenance plan is included for both options.
My aim as a gardening coach is to help you learn how to observe the ecosystem of your yard, and be a more confident and connected steward of the land. I also help with tasks you don't have time for or need a little extra help with, like:
- Plant suggestions
- Plant shopping
- Plant placement and planting tutorial
- Starting a vegetable or herb garden
- How to plant, water, and maintain garden, with seasonal task emphasis
- Soil and organic amendment suggestions
- Pest and weed identification and management plan
Plant consultations include a 90 minute, in-person garden walk-through as a prerequisite for garden design or garden coaching, or as a stand-alone service to create a report of existing plants with a maintenance plan. This is a great option for new homeowners who want to orient themselves with their property.
Garden maintenance includes pruning, weeding, mulching, fertilizing, planting, and replacing herbaceous plants if needed
(no aggressive, invasive weeds, or large shrubs or trees).
I do not offer lawn care (including mowing, edging, raking), but I'd LOVE to replace your lawn with a wildflower meadow!