Our specialty is landscape ecology, assessing the entire landscape, from soil to canopy, working together to help you design, install and maintain your land in a way that prevents and solves problems before they start.
Starting with an on-site assessment, we discuss your needs and the health of your current landscape or property. If needed, we test your soils and then devise a plan based on your needs, onsite observations and your budget.
Teaching and working with you as a companion is one way our company is unlike the others. As a team we work side by side to engage your interests and knowledge of the local ecology to help you select plants, manage wildlife, build the soil and create a place teaming with life. If you don’t have time to garden with us, we can do it all for you.
We are fun people who encourage others to enjoy working on the land and with nature to sustain it for the long term.
One-time Consultant / Coach We will visit your site and discuss your specific site needs and how we can help you. If you are planning a project we can take soil samples and then complete it with a follow up on soil recommendations and or plants for specific beds.
Design & Installation Are you starting with a blank slate? Or do you need to restore your native landscape? We offer complete design service including a hand rendering of your landscape plan (a work of art!), irrigation installation, and planting services.
Ongoing Consultant & Maintenance We set up regular visits based on your objectives and budget. Let us maintain and monitor your yard to keep it beautiful, healthy and thriving.
Seasonal or Year-round Garden Companion We will join you to help with a wide range of improvements to your landscape or vegetable gardens. Allow us to integrate the two with native habitat for pollinators or beneficial insects. You will also learn to build your own soil, that naturally feeds your plants. Goodbye synthetic anti-biotic fertilizers.
Teaching / Educational Landscape We can work together, including your children, to garden and be outside. Engaging children is one of the things I do best. If you want to learn along side your children, let’s plan day to be together in the garden. Once we adults make the plan, then we can implement the gardening with your children. Don’t forget to ask me how to make your yard more playful!
Adaptive Gardeners There are a variety of Adaptive Gardening activities, tools and containers that we can use to overcome your physical challenges so you can have great experiences in the garden. My husband has been in a wheelchair for over 12 years and we have learned to adapt his gardening strategies through various tools and gardening beds. I can be your helper at whatever level you need. We also have a spare outdoor wheelchair with off-road tires that you can borrow. Please call me so I will better understand your needs and how I can help you get outside. Tour our site for ideas and sustainable strategies.
Tour our demo garden / educational landscape Everyone is welcome to tour our demo garden in Bend. It is a half acre lot, which is part native flora, vegetable, accessible, permaculture, xeriscape and funky artistic with refurbished materials. See how we collect and conserve water with multiple rain gardens and cisterns. Consulting rates apply but are waived if you become a client.
By gardening together with Your Garden Companion, you may choose to:
- Get one-on-one help on site
- Learn to collect soil samples for testing and understand what they mean. Then create healthy soils which are essential to a healthy landscape and healthy food
- Identify planting zones and how and where to select plants to match them
- Plan and plant your vegetable garden or update your beds or containers
- Install a rain garden to conserve water and direct it to your plants
- Diagnose plant or soil problems
- Maintain and beautify your yard (spreading compost, weeding, adding soil amendments)
- Plan habitats and manage wildlife and pollinator habitats
- Control weeds through proper identification, selective strategies
- Create a system for building compost and using organic matter on site to reduce your inputs or additional costs
- Observe nature and use it as a model for gardening (You will be invited to wildflower walks to learn the local plants and how they might fit into your landscape
Our goal is to make gardening a fun, learning experience for everyone. Our shared curiosity will grow as will your garden. Together we will leave our ancestors a restored landscape that supports everyone and everything on the plant.
Check out our photo gallery for a taste of what we do.
For Service Rates, see the Getting Started page