Garden Consulting

What is a Garden Coach?

Are you the kind of person who likes to design and implement your garden yourself? Have you ever wished for someone to help you decide what and where to plant? Do you have questions about insects or disease? Do you want to add vegetables or fruit trees? Would you like a list of plants that will do well in your particular space? Do you wonder how to improve your soil and retain moisture? For these questions, or any others, I am available to come to your garden on an hourly basis, to coach you through the process. I can help you plan, choose, and improve your garden space, or point you towards designers and resources who can do the job for you.

I’ve been gardening for 15 years in my zone 9b garden, raising flowers, fruit, vegetables and herbs. I spent two years in the renowned Horticulture Program at Merritt College and earned Certification in Landscape Horticulture and Nursery Management. I studied native plants and weeds with Stewart Winchester, soils and trees with Laura Forlin, and botany and nursery management with Lawrence Lee. I was an Intern under Nia Hill, greenhouse manager.

Informally, I studied beekeeping with my dad and taught myself chicken husbandry. I am particularly interested in gardening into the future as the climate warms and changes, and in ecosystems gardening, which can help heal the earth.

Fee: $60/hour

“Elizabeth has been such a huge help to me and my garden! I’m a beginning gardener, and starting up a garden after years of neglecting our land has been daunting, but she has made it a much easier task with her knowledge, experience, and generosity. She has helped me with soil problems, pests, watering schedules, seed starting, weeds, mulching, learning resource recommendations, and any miscellaneous gardening question under the sun. I can’t even begin to say how much I appreciate her help!” -Sofi S.

“Elizabeth has been very helpful on everything from how much soil and what kind to buy for garden beds, to what to do when problems with pests and nutrient deficiencies arise. It’s helpful to have someone who really knows about gardening from an organic perspective work with us on our backyard garden. Our garden’s looking great, now.” -Gary and Jennifer