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  • Flora & Fauna Gift Cards

    November 27, 2017

    *NEW* Gift card sets are now available for 2017!

    Our gift card offerings for 2017 include ten of Robin’s most popular flora & fauna photographs from this year. Mixed sets come in packages of 25 for $2/card, plus tax and shipping. These cards are available all year.

    Want them in time for the holidays?

    Call 206-781-8645 or contact us via our web form right away to place your order. Orders placed 12/8/17 or later may not be available for delivery ahead of Christmas 2017. Only available for ordering & delivery in the United States (for now anyway).

    2017 Garden Mentors gift card photographs/copyright Robin Haglund

    A sample of the 10 new images included in our 2017 gift card sets. Each card features an individual image from those shown here, plus 6 more!

    (Original Post from December 1, 2016 follows)

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    Following are some of Robin’s most popular flora & fauna photos from 2016 that are also 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. )

  • Anacortes Hummingbird Garden Talk

    November 13, 2017

    Join Robin to learn and start growing your own hummingbird garden!

    hummingbird garden Anna nesting

    Learn how to build a hummingbird garden & see momma build a home & raise her brood with Robin!

    Where: Skyline Garden Club, 6041 Sands Way (Skyline Beachclub) Anacortes, WA
    When: Monday, November 20, 2017 1:30-2:30pm
    Cost: The Skyline Garden Club invites everyone to join us with a $5 donation to the club by non-members.

    What you’ll learn: Robin will be sharing her best tips for developing and maintaining a year-round gorgeous, fragrant, blooming garden that hummingbirds will adore. She’ll introduce you to our resident hummingbirds & migrants in the Pacific Northwest. Plus, she’ll teach how easy it is to offer fresh, homegrown food and habitat for these wonderful sprite-like creatures rather than a high-maintenance sugar-water feeder. And, you won’t want to miss all the photos of nests and baby birds growing up.

    Additional information

  • Free in Bellingham: Garden Talk

    October 17, 2017

    Thanks to the Birchwood Garden Club I’ll be speaking for free in Bellingham, WA on gardening in November.

    free bellingham gardening seminar temptations

    At our free Bellingham gardening seminar:
    Learn about keeping eye-popping color like this in your garden all year!

    The Birchwood Garden Club is hosting my seminar 365 Days of Non-Stop Color & Interest. In this seminar, you’ll learn how easy it is in the Pacific Northwest to end the off-season garden doldrums. With a series of eye-popping photos & top design tips I’ll empower you in bringing the Wow! factor to your garden all year long.

    November is such a great time to enjoy this seminar. Following our first big rains and winds, deciduous trees and shrubs have all but lost their gorgeous fall foliage. Perennials have shriveled to earth for the winter. It’s now that many gardeners realize they need help brightening their garden for the short, dark days ahead.

    So, put this event on your calendar today and join us in the historic Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room to learn more about gardening for everyday of the year and to learn more about the Birchwood Garden Club of Bellingham.

    Where: Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 2nd Floor, 121 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA

    When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7pm

    Cost: Free, Courtesy of the Birchwood Garden Club of Bellingham

     

  • Gardening Workshop Retreat

    June 21, 2017

    Today’s the first day of summer, and here I am getting excited about fall!

    The reason?

    Bitters Co Barn Garden

    Bitters Co barn garden & the gorgeous Skagit Valley farmland nearby

    I’ve been invited to teach a special, hands-on gardening workshop at the famed Bitters Co. in Skagit Valley. This is going to be a new kind of program for me in that I’ll be teaching a small group of people about design, dividing perennials, preparing a garden for winter and using the right tool for the job at hand.

    What I’ll be teaching isn’t new for me, but how and where I’ll be teaching is.

    Usually, I travel to a client’s residential garden to teach them at home. And, in these settings, I rarely have more than two or three students (a family) to teach. But, I am accustomed to sharing knowledge with very large groups when I lead nature walks or present at a large garden show.

    Like to eat?

    The Bitters Co folks will be serving a delicious home-cooked lunch in the garden for everyone.

    Need new gardening tools?

    We have a number of our top go-to gardening tools that everyone will get to try and almost everyone will get to take home thanks to Fiskars.

    Need some new plants?

    Since we’ll be dividing perennials, odds are there might be some perennial divisions to take home for your own garden.

    Love handmade home & garden decor?

    Everyone will have a chance to shop the Bitters Co import barn store while they’re there.

    Want some time to recharge away from the city? The Bitters Co property is located smack-dab in the middle of Skagit Valley, which is a gorgeous retreat destination near La Conner, Edison, Mount Vernon and Anacortes. Christianson’s Nursery is just 5 minutes away, so bring your pocketbook. Pack your camera, and get ready to soak in the beauty. Our valley home valley is just plain stunning in late summer.

    Want to join us?

    Where: Bitters Co in Skagit Valley

    When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 11am – 2pm

    Cost: We’ve made this program very affordable. At $50/person, it’s a steal. But, we are limiting attendance so I can give everyone attention. Small classrooms matter!

    How to sign up: Call (360-466-3550) or email BittersCo to sign up & pay today before we sell out!

    I hope to see you there! Robin

  • Garden Podcast Interview

    June 16, 2017

    Recently, Theresa Loe interviewed me about our experiences moving and changing our garden from the city to the country for her award-winning Living Homegrown garden podcast. And, boy did we have a good time chatting. Laughter is a good thing!

    Bay view from the orchard in spring

    Theresa and I discuss this view, our orchard & much more.

    We couldn’t cover all the reasons we moved or all of the things we love about our new, unique property, but we did go deep on some diverse subjects like living gently on the planet near a protected estuary. We covered the challenges of getting chickens in a wildlife zone. And, we dug into the importance of topsoil and how to deal with not having much of it. We chatted about what we did to prepare to move our old garden, what we lost along the way, and what we’re learning from gardening in straw bale for the first time. Theresa and I had a great time discussing our beautiful new property that offers so many positive features, and we managed to laugh a lot at the many challenges we’ve faced in just barely a year living here.

    As I prepared for our interview, I gave a lot of consideration to everything that’s transpired in our lives over the last year and our time preparing to make a move here. My biggest takeaway from this meditation and my talk with Theresa:

    When something isn’t working,
    be ready to punt and try something new.

    I’ve always told others I believe that fail is the worst of the four-letter F-words. Really, I don’t believe in failure unless you completely give up and do nothing more. And who does that? Life is a journey that we travel on a winding path of discovery. We live; we learn. When something doesn’t turn out as you expected or hoped, life just becomes something different, takes a turn. That’s life! And sometimes what’s different and unexpected is actually better than what we’d set out to have happen in the first place!

    Mom tending potatoes

    Finding a place with room for my mom was important in our search for this place. She may be older, but you can’t keep this gal out of the garden!

    With each newbie frustration I encounter here — and believe me there are a lot of them on this new property — I try to take a deep breath and live the lessons I teach my garden coaching clients:

    Give yourself a break.

    Never give up.

    Work methodically.

    Nature will do fine if you don’t try to tame it all.

    Landscape fabric sucks.

    Less lawn is good; more meadows are better.

    Plants will die, but loss can be an opportunity.

    Take the time to stop working and find joy in the small things — like a frog at your front door or seeing your elderly mother tending her potatoes or harvesting all of the three peas the bunnies and birds didn’t devour. Or just jump up and down in triumph when you finally finish digging a planting hole in rock-hard clay muddled with a quarry-worth of pebbles and boulders.

    Have a listen and laugh with us!
    -Robin

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