Where to begin? If you're starting from scratch, I'll help you make sense of it all, from selecting plants that will thrive in your garden's conditions to placing them appropriately -- and everything in between.
If you're already established and want to learn how to prune, propagate, divide, harvest, or manage pests and diseases, I've got you covered.
I practice integrated pest management and will coach you on xeriscaping, native plants, vegetable gardening, deer-resistant, pollinator-friendly and other gardening methods.
And there's no long-term commitment: Grab me for an hour a week, a single session or a half-day garden evaluation -- or once per month, season or year. Or get a group together for a one-time course on a topic of interest.
I'll work with you to select a topic that resonates with your library patrons, garden club, botanical garden, flower show, community, school, assisted living home or other group. Specialties include History & Horticulture, growing tomatoes, plants for the winter garden, xeriscaping and more. Interested in something else? Let's talk!
I'm available for TV, radio and podcast segments and media interviews on a variety of gardening topics, including:
Need ideas? Having spent more than 25 years as a journalist, I can help come up with a topic that will resonate with your audience.
Instructional how-to sessions; plant-care tips; pest, disease and other problem solutions, etc. My fee is the same whether you would like individual coaching, instruction on a specific topic or prefer to get together with your gardening club or a small group of friends and share the cost.
INITIAL ONE-HOUR CONSULTATION ($250)
Site assessment (sunlight, soil type, etc.), plant recommendations and advice regarding layout, what to plant where, etc., including post-meeting written recommendations. Includes soil pH testing of up to three garden areas. (If desired, additional first-meeting hours are charged at $150 apiece.)
FOLLOW-UP CONSULTATIONS-SAME SPACE ($200/hour)
Additional travel fees apply for in-person visits as follows:
Towns of Huntington, Babylon, Smithtown and Islip: $30
Town of Brookhaven: $40
Town of Riverhead: $60
Towns of Southold, Southampton and East Hampton: $125
Shelter Island, Fire Island: Remote coaching available via Zoom, Facetime, Skype or Whatsapp.
College Point, Flushing, Kew Gardens, Jamaica and points east: $30
East Elmhurst, Corona, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Far Rockaway and points west: $50
Please contact me about speaking, presentation and other appearance rates.
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