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Garden Consultation
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Do you dream of an edible or ecological landscape, but have no idea where to start?

 

A Garden Consultation is a great beginning step, and is the typical doorway into long-term support with me.

 

In a Garden Consultation, I will personally come to your site for a one-one-one walk through your landscape. I will listen to your desires, assess the site conditions & history, and offer substantive suggestions to meet your goals. You will leave with a comprehensive plan of action for this growing season and beyond.

 

A Basic Garden Consultation consists of...

  • A pre-consultation survey (10-15 mins)

  • An on-site garden consultation (1.5 hrs)

  • A rough sketch of possible designs (if applicable)

  • Basic coaching on orienting to your landscape (i.e. soil fertility, hydrology, wildlife and more)

  • A follow-up email with free PDFs on soil testing, sources for landscape materials, and planting & watering basics

...and for few extra bucks, I'll write out a plan for you!

The Complete Garden Consultation includes all of the above plus a custom written report (4-9+ pages) of comprehensive notes from our consult, lists of plant recommendations, inspirational photos, suggested priorities, referrals, and a step-by-step plan of action for this season and beyond.

Click here for a sample written report. 

Ideal for new gardeners, homeowners, land stewards, herbalists, small-scale farmers, wildlife lovers, and community, school, or public garden leadership.

Basic Garden Consultation

$180 for 1.5 hr 

*     client may voice record or take notes during the consultation

**   additional in-person time beyond 1.5 hr charged at $75/hr.

*** rates do not include travel fee or potential transaction fee 

Complete Garden Consultation

$300 for 1.5 hr + written report

*      written report is sent via email within 7 days of our consultation.

        it usually takes me 2-4 hours to complete (I am thorough!)

**   additional in-person time beyond 1.5 hrs charged at $75/hr.

*** rates do not include travel fee or potential transaction fee 

Note: This pricing applies to homeowners, renters and other individuals. If you are a business, organization or corporation, please contact me for pricing.

Curious about my sliding scale and other approaches to accessibility? Click here.  

Please note that I will not draw up an official landscape design.

I can provide designer referrals upon request.

 
Garden Coaching 
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For those who have had a Garden Consultation, I offer follow-up Garden Coaching sessions crafted to meet your needs. 

This could be:

  • A nursery visit together to select plants.

  • A follow-up visit to place new plants in the landscape.

  • A deeper dive into a specific garden area.

  • Seasonal sessions: what to do in winter, spring, summer, fall.

  • Troubleshooting: pest, disease, weed, irrigation issues .

  • Plant care or when/how to harvest effectively.

  • Skill acquisition: grafting, propagation, pruning and more.

I also offer Garden Coaching for intermediate and experienced gardeners looking to level up on a skill (i.e. medicinal plants) or ask specific questions. 

 

Garden Coaching can virtual for ease of access.

Garden Coaching (in-person & virtual))

$75/hr

* in-person rates do not include travel fee or potential transaction fee 

**   virtual sessions are via Zoom, FaceTime or phone

*** rate does not include potential transaction fee 

Note: This pricing applies to homeowners, renters and other individuals. If you are a business, organization or corporation, please contact me for pricing.

Curious about my sliding scale and other approaches to accessibility? Click here.  

Plant Identification
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I believe getting to know the plants around us, and learning to relate with them well, is one of the most important acts we can do in these times.

Plant Identification (virtual)

I offer Plant Identification services at sliding scale.

Suggested: $1-30 per plant.

If I can't ID it, you get your money back.

 

Please see instructions below on taking helpful photos for Plant ID before you photograph your sample and send it in.

 

Email me if you prefer to submit physical plant samples.

FREE Friday Plant ID clinic

I currently hold a FREE Plant ID clinic on my Instagram story (most) Friday mornings from 9am-noon PST.

 

It's easy: Upload a photo of your mystery plant to your Instagram story and tag @tending.alive on Fridays at that time or a little before!

 

How to submit helpful plant ID photos:

  • Be sure the plant features are in focus!

    • If using your phone, you may need to tap the phone screen to hone in on the leaf, flower or twig, depending on how close you are.

  •  Try to capture a few of these identifying features:

    • the overall leaf shape and margin (leaf edge)

    • any flowering, fruiting or seeding parts

    • the leaf arrangement on the stem or branch (are they opposite, alternate or whorled?)

    • an overall photo of the plant showing size and shape

    • optional: bark texture, close-up of flower, cross-section of fruit or seed capsule.

Learn more about my approach to money and accessibility here.

 
 
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I offer classes on a variety of topics related to ecological gardening, plant medicine, plant connection and botany. 

Visit Upcoming Classes & Workshops to learn more.

 

You can also book me for a custom class or workshop!

Sample class topics:

  • Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbs in the PNW

  • Basics of Growing Medicinal Plants

  • Botany for Herbalists

  • Companion Planting Strategies

  • Gardening with Wildlife

  • Intro to Plant ID

  • Landscape Literacy: Observation Skills for a Successful Garden

  • LGBTQIA+ Affinity Plant Classes

  • Plant Propagation

  • PNW Plant Communities and Ecology

Classes & Workshops

An easy guide to booking:  

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Check out my Services below. Consider which offering best matches your needs.

2): Look over fees

For an in-person service, check out the Travel Fee chart. For all services, read up on Transaction Fees. These could be added to your Service Fee, so keep them in mind!

Schedule a 20-minute intro call or send a me message to

learn more and book your service. Next stop, happy garden.

3) Book!

1) Explore my services 

Please note that your total cost will weave together from:

the Service Fee + the Travel Fee (if applicable) + the Transaction Fee (if applicable)

I value financial accessibility. Read more about Money & Access here.

 
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Travel Fee

Nearly all in-person services include the Travel Fee on an hourly-rate basis. This covers mileage, estimated traffic and travel time from Duvall, and vehicle expenses. 

Round-Trip Travel Time -- I text you upon departure and arrival time, and will offer you a total travel fee cost before we begin our service.

Travel time will be charged at the following rate*:

 

0-30 min                 free

31-120 min       $35/hr

120-180 min      $45/hr

181+ min              $55/hr

I am traveling from Duvall, WA. 

Note:  If I am combining coaching trips into your area, this cost will be reduced proportionately. There are perks to referring me to folks in your neighborhood!

*Tolls, ferries and other similar transportation costs will be added to the Travel Fee on an actual cost-basis.

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Transaction Fee*

Depending on your method of payment, a % transaction fee may be added.

 service fee + travel fee + (possible) transaction fee = your total cost

none       cash or check

2.0%      venmo

2.6%      credit, debit, apple pay, google pay

3.0%      paypal

* I wish this didn't have to be a thing, but as a small business I'm not able to take on transaction costs myself at this time. Thanks for understanding. 

 
a few words on money & access
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Cost accessibility is important to me, as is is building new culture beyond extractive economies. Money is intimately tangled within systems of oppression. And, it is also tied to survival needs—including my own.

It is my goal to convert my services to a gift economy model in 2023. Read more about this alternative to capitalism.

 

In the meanwhile, I am committed to making my services as financially accessible as possible. Everyone deserves to grow an intimate relationship with landespecially our human kin most impacted by settler colonial carnage.

 

And, real talk, I am starting small business and need to tend to my

start-up costs (insurance, web hosting, marketing apps, etc) so I can support you well.

I am commiting to generosity culture and access in 2022

in the following ways:

 

I invite those with the means to pay beyond my rates to do so. Your generosity offsets the low-cost options for others.

  • Sliding Scale  -  I offer a number of sliding-scale sessions for anyone who cannot pay my full rate. Contact me to learn more.

  • Pay-Whatever-You-Can (PWYC)  -  I offer 1 PWYC service per month for folks who identify as BIPOC (black, brown, indigenous, people of color, people of the global majority) and desire it.  Contact me to request a PWYC session.

  • Gift Economy  -   I will also consider gift economy offerings.  Please contact me with a clear proposal.

    • At this time I'm especially open to:​

      • film/photography equipment​

      • natural health & energy medicine services

      • woodworking services

      • ceramics

      • enrollment in certain workshops/classes

 

5% of every service fee goes to black- and/or 

indigenous-led organizations such as:

Holistic Resistance  and  Canoe Journey Herbalists

I encourage organizations that serve marginalized communities to reach out and explore options to work together.