May 27, 2016
What do you know about backyard bears?
May 2016 has been a crazy busy time for us. Not only are we in the thick of it with our usual springtime plantings and garden designs and garden coaching and all things garden, but also we’re in the middle of moving!
So what does moving have to do with bears?
Well, one of my “to-do” tasks was trying to give away our old wooden patio table and chair set. They’ve served us well for over a decade — weathering winters outdoors in rain, wind and snow. But, they weren’t something we want to move to our new home, so I recently jumped on a community website to offer them up to any ambitious takers who would be willing to refurbish them for free.
And, when I logged into said site, I immediately saw a request for a wooden picnic table and chair donations for a forthcoming educational Bear Affair event at the Seattle Zoo. This event seeks to educate the public about what happens in bear country when you don’t play it safe.
If you’d like to see what happens when bears sniff out a backyard birthday party cake or an unattended, ill-prepared campsite, head on down to the zoo on June 4th. And be sure to get there before 11am to catch the grizzlies at a birthday party.
If you go, do us a favor and report back on what the grizzlies do to our old wooden picnic set. Unfortunately, we can’t make it this year ’cause we’ll be in the thick of our big move!
Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding while we go through a hit ‘n miss time with blog posts. Know you can always search by month or topic to find help with your seasonal specifics!
May 06, 2016
For the first time in a very long time, I haven’t had the time to get a new gardening post live for our readers first thing Friday morning. Being consistent in sharing news, tips and great gardening images has been a goal I’ve been proud to meet for many, many months now. Alas, a cellphone meltdown followed by a computer hard drive crash lead to days without technology. Couple that with racing to move our home and offices, and, well, I think you get the picture.
What was rosy? Visiting the Breazeale Interpretive Center at Padilla Bay before the technology meltdown began. It was a very hot day, and the upland trail meadows were buzzing with life: swooping swallows, flittering butterflies, buzzing bees and a multitude of gorgeous, fragrant wild roses.
I’m glad I took the time to stop and smell these roses. Thinking back to that lovely day when the rest of my world became a techno-disaster helped me stay calm and remember the world is still a wonderful place to be.
Thanks for your patience everyone. I hope to see you at the Spring Green Art Fest tomorrow, Saturday May 7th at 1:30pm, for my seminar Growing a Year Round Hummingbird Garden!
April 29, 2016
Join us for our two free garden seminars focused on hummingbirds this May!
Spring Green Art Fest: If you’re into gardens, specialty plants, gardening seminars & garden art, don’t miss this new local event with free admission!
Our Seminar: Robin will be sharing her tried & true ways to grow a fantastic year ’round interest garden that our resident hummingbirds can’t resist. Get ready for some seriously cute pix of hummingbird babies & gorgeous year ’round garden goodness!
Where: Lynnwood, WA Convention Center
Seminar Day & Time: Saturday May 7th, 1:30pm
Spring Green Art Festival website for more information.
Tukwila Annual Backyard Wildlife Festival: Join us for a full day of learning more about gardening for wildlife, art and the Duwamish.
Our Seminar: No computers & slideshows at this event! Instead Robin will be giving a live-materials/hands-on presentation with flowers, plants & other garden elements that you can incorporate in your backyard to help our resident & migratory hummingbirds thrive.
Where: Tukwila, WA Community Center
Seminar Day & Time: Saturday, May 14th at 11am
Tukwila Annual Backyard Wildlife Festival website for more information.
April 22, 2016
Many readers and clients have been asking if Garden Mentors® is still offering Seattle gardening services following our announcement last week that our home and garden went on the market.
Yes! We’re here for our existing Seattle area clients and more.
Seattle’s crazy-hot home selling market helped us find the perfect buyers for our home and garden in less than a week, but we won’t be relocating for several more weeks. And, when our home and offices do change, we will continue to serve the greater Seattle area* and much more!
Beginning in early June 2016, we’ll be expanding our gardening service range to offer garden coaching, landscape design, gardening seminars and our other popular services in Mt. Vernon, Anacortes, Burlington, La Conner, Marysville, Bellingham and more. If you’re north of Seattle, give us a shout, and we’ll see what we can do for you!
April has been an incredibly busy, life-transforming time for us. I can’t thank all of our clients, friends and family enough for their support and patience when we suddenly dropped just about everything to get through the whirlwind affair of selling and buying homes. It warms my heart to know that you guys get it. If I dropped a ball or missed a deadline this month, I apologize and appreciate your understanding.
“Where are you going?” is the next question we’re asked. For now, I’ll say that we’re moving to our dream destination, which isn’t in Seattle proper, but isn’t far from it either. Someday we hope to open our new gardens to our Garden Mentors® friends and clients, but for now, we’re keeping our new home location private.
*While we will continue to serve the greater Seattle area, appointment days and times may be more limited, so book early! Some clients may be receiving calls and emails in the coming days to adjust their bookings due to our moving timeline. And, we will have significantly reduced offerings in areas of Seattle south of the i90 interchange. If you’re not sure if your location is in our new range, go ahead and contact us to find out!
Thanks everyone! Robin
April 13, 2016
Updated 4/21/2016: In less than a week our Seattle home has sold. We’ll share more news in the weeks ahead. Current clients, don’t worry! We’re still here for you!
After almost two decades, we have just listed our Seattle house for sale. Gardening enthusiasts shopping for a new home will love that our lovingly restored Ballard bungalow comes complete with a mature garden, patios, a greenhouse and much more.
Over the years, many of our clients and readers have asked about visiting our garden. We’ve had a few special tours and open garden days over the years, but mostly we’ve tried to maintain a bit of privacy at home. (Especially after coming home more than once to folks who thought it would be just fine to wander around our property without checking first.)
If you’ve missed our open days — or just want a last look around — now’s the time to visit. (If you’re in the market for a new garden and home, you might want to visit with your broker soon. You’ll find more information on the listing page here.)
Broker’s Open House: Tuesday, April 14, 2016 from 12pm-2pm
Public Open House: Will be Saturday April 16 & Sunday April 17, 2016 2pm-4pm (confirm on listing)
If you or someone you know wants to view our property for purchase, contact your agent or our broker Nancy Williams at Windermere to schedule a viewing outside of open houses.
Please don’t contact us directly for viewings. We can’t schedule them for you, but we encourage you to come visit and spread the word before it’s too late!
Thanks, Robin & Bob