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 just want to learn how to prune, propagate, divide, harvest, or manage pests and diseases, I've got you covered there, too.
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 obligation: Grab me for an hour a week, a single session or a half-day garden evaluation and recommendation consult -- or once per month, season or year. Or get a group of friends 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, spring and fall gardening, xeriscaping, integrated pest management and new plant introductions. 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 a small group of friends or neighbors 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 $100 apiece.)
FOLLOW-UP CONSULTATIONS ($100/hour)
Additional travel fees apply for in-person visits as follows:
Towns of Huntington, Babylon, Smithtown and Islip: $20
Town of Brookhaven: $30
Town of Riverhead: $50
Towns of Southold, Southampton and East Hampton: $75
Shelter Island, Fire Island: Remote coaching available via Facetime, Skype or Whatsapp.
College Point, Flushing, Kew Gardens, Jamaica and points east: $20
East Elmhurst, Corona, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Far Rockaway and points West: $30
Please contact me about rates for appearances and presentations.
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