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  • Free Hummingbird Garden Seminars

    April 29, 2016

    Join us for our two free garden seminars focused on hummingbirds this May!

    Anna hummingbird on nest

    Join Robin this May to learn how to grow a garden that attracts nesting hummingbirds like this Anna.

    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.

    red rhododendron flower

    Join Robin’s garden seminar to learn why spring blooming rhododendrons like this might be a key component to your backyard hummingbird habitat garden design.

    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.

  • What’s Next?

    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.

    Nesting Anna Hummingbird

    Anna built a new nest in her garden during the week our house was on the market & crazy busy with strangers. Humans may have paid for our beloved garden & home property, but this little momma is the real owner of this space.
    We’re sure going to miss her when we’re gone!

    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.

    Great Blue Heron

    Anna may stay behind when we move, but our new garden is home to other amazing flora & fauna like this Great Blue Heron that landed on the roof as we toured our new home.
    What a blessing!

    “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

  • Our Seattle House & Garden for Sale!

    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.

    Seattle House for Sale number

    This piece of art came with our Seattle house when we bought it. It is the one piece of garden art we will leave for whoever buys our Ballard bungalow & garden.

    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.)

    Seattle house for sale with private front porch

    Who doesn’t love a home with a private, shady front porch? This is one of our favorite spots to relax on hot summer evenings while we listen to the neighborhood kids playing.

    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.)

    Mt Rainier in view from Ballard Seattle House for Sale

    There’s nothing like waking up to a view of Mt. Rainier in the distance! Psst – it’s also in view from the back deck!

    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)

    Garden Mentors garden trail to greenhouse

    Don’t miss this last chance to self-tour not only our Seattle house for sale but also the Garden Mentors private home gardens!

    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

  • NWFGS 2016 Recap

    February 26, 2016

    Hopefully you had the opportunity to attend the 2016 NW Flower & Garden Show. For us, it was one of the best NWFGS ever. The shopping was mobbed, but not so crowded you couldn’t easily navigate the floors. The show gardens were lovely and diverse. The seminars were fun, informative and often interactive. And, not only could you sip booze as you strolled through the show, but the food was better than ever. Whether you made the show or not, here’s a little photo recap of NWFGS 2016: America the Beautiful for your enjoyment…

    NWFGS - Hoh Rainforest Garden

    The Seattle Arboretum Foundation highlighted ‘America’s Rainforest, The Hoh’ filling their damp show garden with PacNW native plants like soggy swamp cabbage, mosses, ferns, bear grass & coltsfoot.

    Camping in the SW at NWFGS

    West Seattle Nursery proved that some really do like it hot (& dry & very unlike the swampy Hoh) with their prickly southwestern themed garden that took the People’s Choice award.

    Tromp l'œil Tiny Tetons

    Tromp L’oeil ‘Tiny Tetons’ was a stunning display with a river of Iris reticulata running through it.

    Fancy Fronds NWFGS '16 show garden

    Fancy Fronds built a Brooklyn Bridge for cats — with lots of whimsy & functionality for gardeners with cats.

    NWFGS Garden Speakers

    I call this “From Sea to Shining Sea.” Even the seminars offered a glimpse at America the Beautiful with speakers like Ruth Rogers Claussen/Baltimore to Dee Nash/Oklahoma to Robin of Garden Mentors/Washington State. (Dee shares her NWFGS recaps here.)

    Theresa Loe on the Hood Stage at NWFGS

    Speakers like Theresa Loe of Livinghomegrown.com taught us “Yes we CAN!” (garden, preserve, grow & more)

    White Icicle Ribes

    Did you catch our talk on gardening for hummingbirds? This ‘White Icicle’ Ribes in the Hoh Rainforest show garden is one Anna loves!

  • Garden Tool Giveaway & Seminar

    February 05, 2016

    Did we really say tool giveaway? Yup! Not only that, but at the 2016 NW Flower & Garden Show, I (Robin) will be presenting a seminar entitled Top Tools for Your Garden Shed.

    New, retired gardeners gardening

    Young or old. Experienced or newbie gardener. There’s something for everyone in this gardening seminar!

    The tool giveaway that happens along with this seminar is courtesy of a number of fantastic vendors like Corona Tools, Timber Press, Fiskars Tools*, Stumpdust, Haven Brand, Sunset Books and many others that have donated some of my favorites to share with you. In fact, I’ll be giving away at least 50 fantastic gardening products to folks who make it to this seminar.  And even if you don’t win something to take home, you’ll win in knowledge!

    Top Tools for Your Garden Shed  on February 19, 2016 beginning at 6:45 on the DIY stage at the NW Flower & Garden Show will offer something to gardeners at every skill level.

    Newbie gardeners: Learn which tools I suggest my beginning gardener clients add to their collection first, and get an understanding of which tools to use for which jobs. Quality tools aren’t cheap and gardening with the wrong tool for the wrong job can be dangerous, damaging and frustrating. In this seminar, you’ll learn to make smart choices as you start your gardening tool collection.

    Corona garden tools

    Can you guess which of these tools we’ll giving away as one of our top picks? Join us at NWFGS on 2/19/16 at 6:45pm on the DIY stage to find out & you might get to take’m home! (image courtesy Corona Tools)

    Tool collectors: Experienced gardeners know that collecting tools can be addictive. But, even the the most advanced gardeners may not be aware of some of the really groovy and new products I’ll be demonstrating. If you’re a tool addict, this is a not-to-miss talk!

    Aging gardeners: I’ll be offering a number of tool suggestions for gardeners whose aches and pains may be limiting their gardening abilities. Today’s tool manufacturers are producing more and more items just for us, so we can keep on digging well into our golden years (whatever those are).

    Knowledge is everything: Sometimes a tool isn’t something that digs, cuts or protects our body. Many of our best tools are found on a bookshelf. Thanks to a couple of top garden publishers, I’ll be sharing and giving away a few of these fantastic garden tools too.

    Haven Brand Soil Conditioner in Garden

    We’ll be giving away tips & tools like this – no $h!t!

    Power-up plants: There are numerous tools to help build your soil and beat back some of our worst garden pests. Choosing among them can be overwhelming, confusing and even toxic. In this seminar, I’ll be sharing a few fantastic garden-builders and pest deterrents that are easy to understand and unlikely to cause unwanted side-affects to you or your little piece of the planet.

    *Garden Mentors has been a paid contributing writer to Fiskars Tools in the past & has received a number of these tools & products from various vendors for trial purposes. However, we have received no compensation for this post or tool giveaway by Fiskars or other vendors. We are paid a small stipend for speaking at the NW Flower & Garden Show, but payment is not provided for any endorsements or giveaway items.
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