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  • Free Hummingbird Gardening Talk

    June 03, 2016

    We’re thrilled to share another opportunity for you to join Robin for a free hummingbird gardening talk this June!

    Hummingbird gardening invites nesting Anna's hummingbird

    An Anna’s hummingbird nesting in plain sight in her year round hummingbird habitat garden that contains everything she needs to thrive.

    Where: Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle, WA
    When: Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 10am
    Swanson’s is offering this seminar for free to everyone, but seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early to grab a spot!

    What you’ll learn: Robin will be sharing her best tips for cultivating a gorgeous, fragrant, blooming garden that hummingbirds can’t resist. She’ll introduce you to resident hummingbirds & migrants in the Pacific Northwest, and she’ll help you understand how easy it is to offer fresh, homegrown food for these wonderful creatures rather than a high-maintenance sugar-water feeder. And, don’t miss all of the baby bird photos she’ll be sharing. They’re show-stoppers!

    More Information & Directions: Visit the Swanson’s Nursery website.

  • Backyard Bears?

    May 27, 2016

    What do you know about backyard bears? 

    Bear picnic by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren & Woodland Park Zoo

    Having a party or camping in bear country?
    Learn how to avoid party crashers like this at the Woodland Park Zoo Bear Affair!
    (Image courtesy Woodland Park Zoo & photographer Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren)

    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?

    Backyard bear patio set

    Growing a Greener World TV filming in our garden near the patio set we have donated for the Seattle Zoo’s forthcoming Bear Affair: Living Northwest Conservation event on June 4, 2016

    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.

    Camp site in bear country

    Do you know how to be safe when camping or living near bear habitat?

    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.

    Bear Scat

    Would you recognize bear scat if you saw it? It’s big & often purplish in late summer when they’re devouring ripe, wild blueberries & huckleberries.

    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!

  • Not Such a Rosy Week

    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.

    Wild Rose

    Fragrant wild rose blooming fragrantly on a very warm spring day at the Breazeale Interpretive Center upland Meadows.

    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!

    -Robin

  • 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

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