A gardening coach (consultant) does for you in the garden what a personal trainer does for you in the gym. The trainer doesn’t do the exercising for you, (s)he teaches you skills so you can get the most benefit from your workout. Likewise, a gardening coach/consultant doesn’t do your gardening for you, (s)he shares information and teaches you skills that can help you become a better gardener.
Beth Goodnight — my analogy explaining what consulting / coaching is.
I consider consulting to be giving an opinion on your situation and/or ideas. Many people want a consultation to get a feel for my knowledge, style, and personality; to see if we’re going to be a good fit working together. Or perhaps they just want to have a professional opinion on what they are thinking about doing. I consider coaching to be more like teaching you something, like pruning, design, soil science, composting, etc. Consulting and coaching are ways of solving problems verbally rather than with a drawn plan (though I can make a Concept Sketch as part of your consulting / coaching visit).
No matter what you want to call it, consulting / coaching can:
- Identify plants in your yard
- Do a quick site analysis
- Give design tips
- Teach maintenance techniques
- Teach basic plant culture
- Do styling & plant placement
- Do container planting
- Do plant shopping
- Precede or follow a regular design project
If you have gardening issues, want to improve your gardening skills, or just need fresh eyes on your project, call or email.