• Free Spring thru Autumn Gardening Events

    May 15, 2017

    Garden Mentors is offering a fun assortment of free spring gardening events to choose from in the greater Seattle area this season — and beyond. One is part of an on-going series. Hopefully, one (or more) of these talks is perfect for you and your gardening family. Remember: they’re all free!

    Free Guided Nature Walks

    Breazeale upland meadow view

    Pack a picnic & bring a blanket to extend your Breazeale upland trail visit after our walk. This lookout is the perfect picnic spot!

    On Mother’s Day, I (Robin) lead the first in a series of free Breazeale Interpretive Center upland trail native plant walks. Teaching a young mother and her two vivacious sons about this beautiful part of Mother Earth was perhaps the most rewarding thing I could have done for Mother’s Day. And, I even took my own mom out to lunch after planting a new tree for her. I hadn’t planned to give this walk on Mother’s Day. I had simply picked what worked for my calendar when scheduling. What a happy accident!

    Indian plum fruits formed

    By May, pollinators like hummingbirds have ensured indian plum fruits will form. By our next walk in June, they may be ready to taste!

    I’ll be repeating this guided walk each month through September (and maybe beyond if there’s interest). They’re always free. The loop trail is relatively easy. Part of it is even wheelchair accessible. Here’s the schedule if you’d like to plan a trip to join me:

    Sunday, June 11, 2017, 10am-11am
    Sunday, July 16, 2017, 10am-11am
    Sunday, August 13, 2017, 10am-11am
    Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10am-11am

    Learn more about the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Reserve and location here.


    Want to join me for a hands-on gardening training? This special program will cost less than a garden coaching session with me! And, in addition to learning hands-on, you might take home a great door prize like favorite gardening tools, perennials or even fancy decor!

    Sign up for our newsletter & you’ll be among the first to be notified when enrollment begins for this special, limited attendance event happening in early fall in the beautiful Skagit Valley.


    Free Hummingbird Gardening Seminar

    Hummingbird on tree top

    Learn to grow your own hummingbird habitat garden with our bright, tasty ideas!

    My eye-candy presentations on gardening for hummingbirds is hands-down my most popular talk. If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy it, or if you really want to drool over all those gorgeous blooms for every day of the year again, or if you have always wanted to see baby hummingbirds growing up, this is a talk you don’t want to miss. And, yes, it won’t cost you a dime!

    Where: Molbaks Nursery in Woodinville, WA
    When: Saturday, May 20th at noon
    Seminar: Growing a Year Round Hummingbird Habitat Garden


    Free Worm Composting for Kids and Families (more…)

  • NW Flower & Garden Show 2017 Musts

    February 10, 2017

    The Northwest Flower and Garden Show 2017 opens in just a couple of weeks, beginning on February 22nd through February 26, 2017. And, as usual we can’t wait to attend and present during the show. Once again, the speaker line up is stellar, and the sneak peeks of the show garden designs are intriguing. It’s gonna be tasty! (How can it not be with a Taste of Spring theme to guide it?)

    NWFGS show garden plant label & plant

    Check the show gardens for plant labels & then hit the market place to buy your own!

    So, what’s on our not to miss list for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in 2017?

    Well, Robin can’t miss being on stage for her two seminars and competition in the new Garden Wars spin-off, Container Wars.

    Catch Robin on opening day in the Rainier Room at 2:15pm for Gardening 101: Don’t Let Moving Scare the Plants Out of You. Together with fellow professionals Sue Goetz and Christina Salwitz, Robin will be discussing wise choices to make as you’re saying hello to a new garden or good-bye to one you’ve lovingly cultivated. These three gardening consultants have a lot of experience helping new buyers remedy mistakes made by even the most well-intended sellers. Learn how to recognize and make good choices before you buy, sell or embark on moving your garden.

    Moving a Tree

    Should it Stay? Or Should it Go?
    Learn more about buying, selling & moving your Garden at NWFGS!

    Then, on Thursday, Robin will return to the Rainier Room at 2:45pm for Gardening 101: Best Damn Garden Advice Ever! Together with Professor Linda Chalker-Scott and Mary-Kaye Mackey, this presentation will offer you a myriad of gardening tips and solutions to make you a more successful gardener and make your gardening chores easier.

    And, on Sunday the 26th at 11am, Robin will be laughing it up with her friend and colleague Jessi Bloom in a new coopertition for your benefit in the Container Wars Arena. Robin and Jessi will be sharing live gardening tips as they rapidly puts together a series of planted containers, using surprise materials and impromptu challenges issued on the fly by Master of Ceremonies Marianne Binetti. Adding to the fun, the audience gets to vote on their favorite designer.

    Solar wine bar at NWFGS

    Hungry? Hit Solera for a tasty meal & a glass of wine —
    in view of the show gardens at NWFGS!

    Robin’s presentations aren’t the only great NWFGS to-do’s on our list this year! You’ll also find us slavering over the new Bouquet of Cakes displays, hoping for some tasty samples. But, if there are no samples in this area, we’ll definitely enjoy bellying up to the new Tasting Corner where all sorts of culinary wonders will be up for sampling. Nom-nom!

    puppy seeds

    Will they have “grow your own puppy” seeds again this year?
    Check the NWFGS marketplace!

    Of course, we’ll be trolling the marketplace for seeds, tools, plants, inspiration and Vintage Marketplace finds. And, this year, given our politically inspired goal to give back more to environmentally challenged areas and non-profits, we’ll be visiting the plant society, garden tour and educational tables to expand our knowledge about economically and environmentally challenged programs in need.

    And, during the week, there are two other seminars where you’re bound to find Robin in attendance.

    On Wednesday at 11:45am in the Rainier Room, Dan Hinkley’s talk Creating a Low-mow, High-life Meadow in the Pacific Northwest is luring her in. Having moved to a several acre property with lots of lawn, converting to meadow is a highly attractive, if daunting task. Hopefully, Dan will help get her over the hump!

    And, on Saturday, she’ll be hitting the show in the evening for Ellen Zachos’ 5:30pm talk Backyard Foraging: Gathering from the Garden in hopes of learning more about wild plants to forage from her new property. The abundant blackberries and nettles are obvious, and tapping trees for sap water is a new challenge, but odds are there are more foods to forage when the wild taste of spring bursts forth soon after this year’s NW Flower & Garden Show comes to a close. If this seminar rings true, we’ll all be ready to find edible goodies from our own backyards – large or small.

  • Gardening Advice from Pros

    January 13, 2017

    Ever wish you could go back in time to give your younger self gardening advice you’ve learned with age? Well, Theresa Loe of Living Homegrown invited eight top gardening pros (me included) asking us what we’d tell our younger selves if we could go back in time.

    Fine pruning gardening advice

    Pruning done right is both art & science. Done wrong, it may be an irreparable hack job.

    Living Homegrown Podcast: Essential Garden Lessons with 8 Experts

    And, after the episode be sure download the .pdf of advice Theresa offers via the podcast.

    Too, if you need more help with your basic gardening challenges, explore the links below, comment below with your questions or just contact us to set up a garden coaching session!

  • Flora & Fauna Gift Cards

    December 01, 2016

    Gift card sets are now available!

    Take a look at some of Robin’s most popular flora & fauna photos that are now available to order as gift cards in sets of 25 for just $2/card (plus tax & shipping).

    You know you want a set! So, get in touch to learn more about ordering a set of your own or a gift set for someone you love! But, hurry up if you want them to arrive in time for the holidays.

    Pacific chorus frog fauna photo

    Tiny Pacific chorus frog (also known as a Pacific tree frog) & large glass pond float in summer.

     

    Great Blue Heron fauna photo

    A majestic great blue heron resting on the shore of Padilla bay.

     

    mushroom photo

    A bloom of mushrooms emerging from the soil in September.

     

    zinnia flora photography

    Bouquet of Skagit Valley grown zinnias & sage in late summer.

     

    Dunlin shore bird fauna photography

    Dunlin shorebirds resting on the shore of Padilla Bay, WA in November.

     

    Teasle flora photo

    Teasle growing wild along the mudflats of Padilla Bay in high summer.

     

    Padilla Bay sunset in July

    Summer sunset on the shores of the Padilla Bay shore trail in Skagit County, WA.

     

    Queen Anne's lace seeds

    Queen Anne’s Lace seed pods & wild asters blooming on the shore of Padilla Bay.

    (Each set of cards will include a selection of these images. Watermarks will not be shown over images on the cards. Images on cards may be cropped slightly differently from what you see here & color variations may occur in printing; however, cards will match vertical and horizontal crop orientations shown here. Interiors remain blank unless you request a custom message printing when you order. All cards come with white envelopes to fit. Larger quantities are available upon request. Fill out our contact form or give us a ring now at 206-781-8645 to get the ball rolling on your order. )

  • Less Words; More Action

    November 18, 2016

    This is my last every-Friday blog post.

    At least for a while.

    I’ve decided to channel my garden, food and environmental education outreach efforts in different directions going forward. Part of this change includes redirecting the many hours I have previously spent each week photographing, photo-editing, writing and promoting these blog articles. I’m beginning this week by dedicating my erstwhile blogging time to meeting up with at least one environmental volunteer group coordinator. Once my enrollment begins with this program, and I have interesting educational updates, I’ll endeavor to share them. Maybe here. Maybe not here.

    Dunlins flying on Padilla Bay

    Less time blogging will mean more time working to protect the environment for our future.

    What I will continue to do for readers on a regular basis:

    I will continue to send subscribers our monthly newsletter with updates, reminders and members-only special offers.

    I will continue to post photos on Pinterest and Instagram (and to a much lesser degree on Facebook and Twitter.)

    And, when I have the time or a compelling story to share, I will continue to add to this blog. But, it won’t be every Friday anymore.

    If you are sorely disappointed to hear that I’ll be curtailing these blog updates, please let me know via the comment section below or via a private message here. If your reasons and your voices compel me to do otherwise, I might change course. But for now, I’m dedicated to do as much as I can with my limited time and resources for our precious Earth. As we head into a very uncertain future environment, I must try my very best to be the change I wish to see in our world.

    Many Thanks,

    Robin Haglund

    Founder & President, Garden Mentors

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