My Connecticut garden coaching practice is devoted to teaching homeowners how to garden in a more environmentally sustainable way. Together we create healthy yards that are resilient, full of life, diversity and delight.
“Karen co-lead a training day for Audubon Connecticut’s Audubon At Home program on creating bird friendly habitats utilizing native plants and sustainable garden design features for people interested in creating these types of spaces on their properties. Her depth of knowledge and breadth of work … was inspiring and engaged the audience in the story of garden design and the beauty of native plants and their connections to the health of biodiversity.”
Taralynn Reynolds, Audubon At Home Coordinator Connecticut Audubon
A garden coaching session is whatever you want it to be.
Some clients have asked for
A walk-through for new homeowners to identify plants – the good, the bad and the ugly – and work out strategies for maintaining, increasing, rearranging or eliminating them
Help in defining spaces, screening or opening views, simplifying busy planting schemes, creating a balance and a sense of flow, adding color
A written maintenance plan or plant inventory
Follow-up research – things like a list of plants for butterfly gardens, a recipe for encouraging moss or plant suggestions for sites that are wet, shady or full of deer
Advice on what they can do and what requires a professional. Interviewing and selecting landscape contractors and supervising their work
Sourcing and purchasing plants – I can provide plants, take you shopping or just make suggestions
Selecting and placing new trees – getting just the right varieties for the location and arranging for planting
New gardeners sometimes schedule a weekly private class, others check in with me a couple times a year, when they’re “stuck” or when they’re ready to go on to a new phase. One I’m working with to develop gardens and edit woodland plantings over the next 10 years. Some coaching clients realize they don’t have time and just ask me to make them a garden.