Consultations & Garden Coaching

On-Site Consultations

  • $100
  • Part or full consultation fee is credited on designs over certain amounts.
  • The consultation fee is due at the time of the consultation by cash only. Please, no checks at this time.
  • Please fill out this Pre-Consultation Survey
  • This survey allows me to learn more about your wishes and come better prepared to serve you.

What’s Included

  • Pre-Consultation Analysis
  • Up to 2 hour On-Site Consultation
  • Write up of notes sent by email
  • A follow up email if needed

Consultations are a great way to learn about your garden and address issues that may be happening in the landscape. During this on site initial consultation we will meet one another and discuss the current condition of the site. We will idealize a design vision and assess your needs and wants of the landscape.

Some topics that may be addressed during a consultation

  • Issues in the landscape, like functionality, drainage, invasive plants, plant diseases and pests
  • General maintenance suggestions
  • Plant identification
  • Suggestions for new plants or transplanting
  • Visualization of design ideas
  • Your needs and wants of the garden
  • Resources for plants, materials, or references for other professional services

A consultation may also be very beneficial when considering purchasing or selling a home. A landscape that needs a lot of work that could be a negotiating factor that could save you hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Everyone benefits from a consultation, wether you’re a diy-er, moved into a new home, or want a new planting design for your garden. Clients have found consultations to be very useful and has saved them time, energy, resources, and money in many ways.

For consultations outside of Lexington, a travel fee will apply at $0.54 cents per mile (standard federal mileage rate), roundtrip, from zip code 40514.


Personal Garden Coaching

  • Initial On-Site Consultation $100
  • Additional Visits: $25 per half hour
  • 1 hour minimum, charged in 30 minute increments

If you’re simply looking for help renovating your garden and home landscape, or starting a new one, garden consulting may be just what you need! Garden Coaching serves any type of gardener- from the experienced to the black thumb. Anyone interested in knowing more about gardening will benefit from Garden Coaching.

Garden Coaching is training to individuals seeking the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully plan, develop, manage and maintain their personal outdoor spaces. For some, the initial consultation is enough to get them started in a good direction. Others may need additional sessions that last through the season or even over a period of a few years. Each program is tailored to the client’s needs.

I work closely with clients to empower them to learn the skills and tasks needed to complete the garden project they desire. A garden coaching program may consist of a couple of sessions or evolve into a program of lifelong learning. Garden consulting may also be useful for the client who has a garden design, but would like help installing it themselves.

Garden Coaching beings with an On-Site Consultation with the client. Additional visits will develop into a tailored program of what the client needs in moving forward with a project. This may focus on developing ideas, learning skills like planting, mulching, weeding, watering, or discussing what the next tasks should be.

Examples of how Garden Coaching could help you:

  • Save time, money, and hard work
  • Having a list of tasks and in what order to tackle them
  • Addressing concerns in the landscape such as: soil, drainage, plant health care, invasive plants, etc.
  • How to revamp and reconfigure the garden
  • How to look at the space to create your dream garden
  • Identifying plants and if they’re working in the landscape
  • Suggesting plants for certain areas throughout the garden
  • Help picking out plants for your space at a nursery
  • Laying out garden bed lines or plants from a design
  • Overseeing hardscape installation within the garden
  • Methods for eradicating invasive plants
  • Proper gardening techniques and methods
  • How to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, annual pots
  • How to prune properly
  • How to start plants from seed, when to plant
  • Learning how to garden sustainably
  • How to plant, mulch, water, and weed most effectively
  • Growing vegetables and other edible plants
  • How to set up a homestead- chickens, garden, compost, etc.
  • How to compost
  • What are the weeds and how to get rid of them
  • How to attract more birds and pollinators to the garden
  • Creating a Monarch Waystation or Backyard Wildlife Habitat
  • Sources for the best plants, mulch, and other gardening materials

Please note garden coaching is an educational tool and not a maintenance service. I’m happy to talk with you about fine gardening service if you feel this would better suit your needs.

FAQ

What should I do to get ready for our first meeting?

Resist the urge to get out and do anything in the garden! Simply leave the garden be so we may look at the garden together. Instead, focus on coming up with ideas and images that represent the garden you dream of. Also, if we have not had a consultation yet, fill out the pre-consultation survey to get started.

Do you offer phone and/or email consulting?

Yes! Once I have met with you and have a good idea of your garden spaces, I’m available for additional scheduled appointments by phone, email, or Skype. Some discussions may need to be addressed over the phone, but others may be okay to discuss just over email. Contact me for information if you have questions about this service. Please note some topics would give you more value to addressed on-site.

I do require the initial on-site consultation before I offer this service as part of garden coaching. This allows me to be more comfortable visioning your garden space and offering advice. Fee is charged by the hour in 15 minute increments.

How does pricing work?

  • There is an initial consultation which is my normal consultation fee of $100. See the top of this webpage for more info.
  • On-site garden coaching: The standard rate is $25 per half hour. There is a 1 hour minimum for on-site visits.
  • Email/Phone/Skype: The standard rate of $25 per half hour. However, this is charged by 15 minute increments.

You may pre-pay for a block of time which you may use at your convenience. For example:

  • $200: On-site consultation + 2 hours onsite or online time OR post consultation 4 hours onsite/online time
  • $300: On-site consultation + 4 hours onsite/online time OR post consultation 6 hours onsite/online time

Do you offer this service outside of Lexington, Kentucky?

Yes! I’m available for travel within an hour and a half from Lexington. I may be available for longer distances with certain projects, so feel free to contact me and ask. A travel fee will apply roundtrip per session. If you are located outside of this range, feel free to still contact me about garden coaching.

Do you provide tools?

When working together I want to see and test the tools you have to offer advice on how to best use them, or suggest a tool that may work better. If you’re starting from scratch and don’t have garden tools, I can offer suggestions for the best tools to use for the investment.