Whether you are a novice or experienced gardener – at some point you will find yourself in need of a little gardening advice. You might need direction on how to prune an overgrown tree or design guidance for an area of your yard or maybe complete lessons on growing your own food.
Who wouldn’t like to have a personal consultant for their garden? A garden coach is an expert who comes to your home to provide customized garden information, and can even work right along side you with hands-on lessons.
The best part is that a garden coach can actually save you money: instead of hiring someone to do the work for you, they teach you how to do the work yourself. They can assess your current property or help you create a new plan. All coaches have different backgrounds and specialties, but the one thing they all have in common is that they want to see their clients “grow” as gardeners.
One such garden coach is award-winning landscape designer and consultant, Robin Haglund, of Seattle, WA. Robin’s coaching and design firm, Garden Mentors® specializes in teaching homeowners how to maintain a garden that is beneficial to them and the environment at the same time.
Robin is a lifelong gardener with a background in project management and a degree in horticulture, making her uniquely qualified to be a coach. In addition, Robin is a skilled horticultural journalist and has even worked on several of our episodes as a writer and researcher. She excels at breaking down complex information and teaching gardeners of all skill levels how to create the outdoor spaces of their dreams.
In this episode, we’ll join Robin as she visits a home gardener to see exactly what a garden coach does, and pick up some valuable gardening tips along the way. Later on, Chef Nathan will cook up a sweet treat featuring one of our favorite crops, sugar snap peas.
- Chef Nathan’s Brown Butter Sugar Snap Peas with Mint
- Robin Haglund has the A’s to your gardening Q’s (Seattle Times)
- How to get free help from GardenMentors® on GardenHelp.com, Robin Haglund’s website
- Joe and Robin work together on Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb Community Garden
- Episode 107: The Importance of Bees in the Urban Landscape with Robin Haglund
- Episode 209: Critter Control with tips on dealing with deer in the garden
- GardenMagik visits the Garden Coaching shoot (video by GardenMagik)
- Joe’s podcast on Deer Resistant Landscaping with Neil Soderstrom who wrote the book by the same name.
- Another great book: 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don’t Eat – by Ruth Rogers Clausen, Photographs by Alan L. Detrick