About our free garden help bloggers:

Garden Mentors® founder Robin Haglund

Our free garden help pages are written by several talented garden bloggers. These pages are dedicated to bringing useful information to the worldwide gardening community. In continuing with this tradition, Garden Help is introducing a few special guest writers who will be contributing compelling information from their horticultural worlds. Arborists, Moss specialists, garden coaches, construction folk, garden artists, and horticultural educators are just a few of the helpful garden coaches you will hear from at Garden Help in the future.

Currently, we are not accepting new contributing writers.

Robin Haglund, CPH: Robin founded Garden Mentors® and Garden Help. She is our primary writer. Learn more.

garden blogger Bob in the GardenBob Albert: Bob is the guy at Garden Mentors who measures twice and cuts once. Not only is he our webmaster, but he really is Bob the Builder, and he’s going to help share his knowledge about building things in the garden with us. Bob has done quite a bit of fine woodworking. He’s built everything from attic remodels to fences to waterfeatures to trellises. He’s put in patios and muscled multi-ton boulders by hand with his buddies.  Plus, he’s quite the assistant winemaker at Domanico Cellars.  Beginning with worm bins, Bob will be sharing his experiences in the garden as a garden blogger, focusing mainly on construction projects. But, don’t be fooled. This guy has a green thumb, too!


Katy in an ISA tree climbing competitionKaty Bigelow: As a consulting arborist, Katy Bigelow provides tree services grounded in experience and education gained over ten years in the horticulture and arboricultural fields. Her exposure to a wide range of plants and trees comes from the opportunities to work at world class Arboretums in Santa Cruz, CA, Seattle, WA and Melbourne, Australia. Katy honed her gardening skills as a Gardener for the City of Seattle while completing a degree in Horticulture. She is holds a degree in Arboriculture and is a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture (International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist # PN-6039A). She became certified as a Tree Risk Assessor in 2007 (PNW Certified Tree Risk Assessor # 199) and became a graduate of the prestigious ASCA Academy in 2008. Read Katy’s first garden blogger post with us here. You may contact Katy at www.katybigelow.com or 206.351.1375.

garden blogger Norie showing baby birds in her gardenNorie Burnet: For over 30 years Norie has cultivated an unparalleled moss garden in Richmond, VA. This has earned her the much-deserved title of “The Moss Lady”. And, we are truly blessed to count her among our garden bloggers.

Her gardens have been featured in numerous publications and on HGTV’s Gardener’s Diary. Norie provides group and private tours of her garden upon request. As well, frequently she is invited to give her slide lecture entitled, Celebrating Mosses: A Shade Gardener’s Odyssey, to gardening enthusiasts throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. (and occasionally other locales). Read Norie’s Garden Help post here.


Susan Maki: Susan’s love for gardening began as a child while following her dad around plant nurseries. This experience contributes to her work as a garden blogger. And, it was the scented rose planted outside the front door of her first rented house that ignited her passion for roses. A self-professed rose addict, Susan has tended over 100 bushes at her home in Sammamish, WA. She believes there is a rose for every garden – even ones with limited sun. Susan, a Washington State Certified Professional Horticulturist, completed her horticulture studies at Lake Washington Technical College, and is a now a technical aide for the program, a container designer, garden coach, and mom to three active kids who will occasionally pick up trowel and join her in the garden.