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  • Covid-19 Garden Services Available

    March 24, 2020

    While we are all staying home and isolated during the the Covid-19 pandemic, gardening is a great way to get outside, exercise and keep as healthy as we can. And Garden Mentors is here with modified “Covid-19 Gardening Services” and other offerings to help you, even from afar.

    Here’s what we’re offering and booking right now:

    Video chat garden walk through consultations: Using one of many live-stream video chat platforms now available, we will walk through your garden with you to assess the situation, make suggestions, identify plant material and help you build a “to-do” gardening program. We’ll look at what you can do right now without having to leave home and help you start planning for larger projects when we’re able to visit nurseries and other garden suppliers following this health crisis. Video chats are booked in 1-hour increments with a 1-hour minimum. Contact us to schedule your garden walk-thru consult now.

    Email Consultations: If video chat isn’t your thing or connectivity is an issue where you live, we also offer email consultations. For these programs, we will set up locations for you to share images of your garden and lists of questions, challenges and desires. Once we receive your information, we will review your information and requests and reply with detailed information and suggestions. Email consultations are booked in 30-minute increments with 30-minute minimums and a one-time, 30-minute project set up charge. Contact us to set up your consult now.

    Plant supplies: We are currently exploring options that may allow us to schedule edible and medicinal live plant deliveries to your home. If you are interested in discussing orders, we welcome your inquiries.

    Herbal Product SalesOur herbal product shop will remain open as long as shippers are available to pick up and deliver your orders. We are doing our very best to schedule your orders for delivery as quickly as possible during this challenging time.  Find our herbal product shop here.

    Amazon Affiliate Sales: Our Amazon Affiliate curated store and other links remain open. We truly appreciate your support when you pass through our portal to pick up gardening supplies and anything else you might choose to offer. Passing through our Amazon Affiliate door doesn’t cost you anything more, and each you time you make a purchase we receive a small bounty. Right now, every penny counts, so thank you!

    Freebies from Us: Our blog is still loaded with lots of valuable gardening information, and it is 100% free and open all day long. Also, Robin is offering gardening information and virtual nature walks live on Instagram daily at 2pm PDT with the intent to migrate these live events to IGTV for on-demand viewing anytime. As well, she is posting herbal maker IGTV programming to educate and entertain. And, we’ll be getting more newsletters out as soon as we can to subscribers. These are all free services open to everyone!

    Subscribe here.

    Join us on Instagram & IGTV here.

    Have a request for another kind of offering from us? Please let us know. We’re happy to discuss new ideas to help you continue to grow.

  • Instagram Gardening Sessions

    March 17, 2020

    I’ll be offering live, free Instagram gardening, herbs, and wild world goodness short form sessions daily at 2pm PDT here. Since we can’t come to you to empower you in your garden, we’re offering this programming to encourage self-quarantining as we all work to flatten the curve and keep all of humanity safe.

    Instagram Gardening Sessions & Wild World explorations to help us past this difficult time

    Click here to find & follow our Instagram page

    Once you start following us, each day at about 2pm PDT, you should see an alert that we’re broadcasting live. Tune in with the whole family and join the fun!

    Can’t tune in to the live program at 2pm PDT? I’ll post the recorded program to our “Live Stories” on Instagram where you can catch them for 24 hours following the live event.

    I was inspired to offer fun, short learning sessions for all the kids and parents trying to stay sane during these tough days at home. But, these programs are geared toward all ages.

    I’ll be posting polls and Q&As on our Instagram story posts to give viewers a place to vote for topics, give feedback and make requests. Please no requests to address only your specific needs, but general topic requests are always welcome. If you need help with your garden, we’ll be happy to schedule something just as soon as it’s safe to leave quarantine. You might try searching our site or blog for articles to help you. Or, visit our contact form to submit requests. If we can, we’ll try to help you from afar.

    -Thanks, Robin

  • Garden & Herbalist Education Programs

    April 25, 2019

    We have many free garden seminars, free guided nature hikes & free to sliding scale hands-0n herbalist classes. This page offers a quick next-up, easy-reference timeline to help you fill your calendar with all of our programs – free hikes, free & for-fee seminars, maker’s markets and more.

    Free Garden Seminar Hiking classroom

    Our nature hikes are free & we offer many free garden seminars too. Even classes with a fee often come on a sliding scale!

    Some programs are free and don’t require registration. Others may require registration (whether free or for-fee). As registration opens up, we’ll update the links here as soon as possible. And, of course, if you want to be notified directly, be sure to subscribe to our mailing list now. That’s your very best bet to get regular updates (especially during our busy spring and summer seasons!) There’s also Robin’s Great Garden Speaker page to follow here.

    (This is list will be updated regularly to add new programs & remove past programs.)

    • Hands-on Herbal Grow, Harvest & Prepare Classes
      • Dates: Summer 2020 to be announced soon!
      • Location: Skagit Valley locations to be announced soon!
      • Details: We’re working on several dates & venues for hands-on beginner herbal growing, harvesting, preserving and crafting classes for 2020. Enrollment will be limited.
      • Notification sign up:  If you’d like to join us, sign up for our mailing list to be sure you are among the first to find out when our enrollment opens. Classes will fill up fast! Subscribe to our mailing list here.
    • Padilla Bay Environmental Research Center Upland Trail Walks
      • Dates: Every 2nd Saturday, March-October 2020, *** March 14th Walk has been cancelled due to high winds***
      • Time: 10am
      • Location: Bay View, WA (Skagit County). Meet at the Arbor at the start of the upland trail.
      • Cost: Free
    • Maker’s Markets, Pop up Shops & Farmer’s Markets
      • Dates: Spring to Fall 2020 schedule coming soon
      • Details: We are working on several market applications now for the 2020 season. We hope to join other local growers & makers to bring shoppers our truly local, handmade goods. If you are hosting a program & think we’d be a good fit, please get in touch!
    • Willowbrook Manor Evening Tea + Herbalist & Gardening Presentations
      • 2020 Dates: June 20th, July 11th, August 15th & September 19th
      • Times: Saturdays at 5pm
      • Location: Sedro-Woolley, WA
      • Etsy Samples & Sales: Robin will be sampling & selling botanical body goods on site. Cash, check & Credit/Debit accepted.
      • Details: Robin will be presenting herbalist demos and gardening seminars following a delicious dinner tea service in the gardens (or tea rooms should weather not cooperate) of Willowbrook Manor Tea House & Chamomile Farm. AirBnB and glamping accommodations may be available. Contact Willowbrook Manor for all reservations. Full schedule, seminar details, menu & pricing information to come. 
    • San Juan County Master Gardeners 2020 Annual Conference Keynote
      • Date: 10/17/20
      • Location: San Juan Island
      • Etsy Samples & Sales: Robin will be sampling & selling our botanical body goods before & after the club meeting. Cash or check only. Credit/Debit in a pinch.
      • Additional Details to come
  • A Decade of NWFGS Seminars with Us

    January 25, 2019

    It’s amazing how quickly ten years of speaking at NWFGS, aka the Northwest Flower and Garden Show/Festival has flown by. This year, 2019, marks the 10th year I (Robin) have been invited to speak at the show. Gulp!

    NWFGS Garden of Fragrant Delights Plant

    Join us to learn about growing fragrant delights like this in your garden & enjoying them indoors fresh & preserved as well.

    I hope you’ll join me at the newly branded NW Flower & Garden Festival on Sunday, February 24th at 2:15pm in the Rainier Room for Growing a Garden of Fragrant Delights.


    Want to get into NWFGS  for free in 2019?

    (You’re still welcome to subscribe for free, but this offer is no longer available to new subscribers.)

    Be sure you’re subscribed to our mailing list before February 1, 2019 for a chance at our subscriber-only free ticket opportunity!


    This year I’m super excited to be speaking about growing fragrance in our gardens, being thoughtful about placement of some super stinky plants, appreciating wild aromas, and bringing the delicious scents of nature into our homes in fresh and preserved forms in ways that may be healing as well as aromatic. I’ll also be sharing samples of the handmade products crafted from fragrant garden delights that we now sell in our GardenMentorsDesigns Etsy Shop!

    Before I became a NWFGS speaker, I was involved with the show in many other ways. Over the years, I worked with some amazing folks to create award-winning show gardens. I’ve coached clients in their award-winning floral creations and City Living Displays.

    NWFGS Floral Designer Mari Malcolm at work

    In 2015 my dear friend & garden coaching client Mari Malcolm stunned NWFGS audiences with her award-winning floral wedding cake design. I had the honor of visiting her & cheering her on as she crafted her groundbreaking work of floral art.

    No matter how I participated in the show each year — as a tourist in my pre-participant years or as a show garden volunteer in my student (and later years) or as a designer or speaker in my professional years — the NW Flower & Garden Show always been an annual highlight and honor for me.

    For fun, here’s a recap of my decade of NWFGS Seminars:  (more…)

  • Handmade Herbal Body Products on Sale Now!

    January 10, 2019

    Our handmade herbal body products are now for sale on Etsy & via our embedded stop here! 

    Our handmade salves, beard oil, body oil, face oil, belly oil, deodorant, kisser cake lip balms, hydrosols and more have become so popular that we’ve put them up for sale in the GardenMentorsDesigns Etsy shop.  These herbal goodies are all inspired by our love of the natural world and the human connection to . Much of what we sell is derived from herbal flora we grow with intention, forage ethically in the wild, or harvest with permission from friends’ gardens.

    Air Refreshers & External Body Care:


    If you like our shop offerings, be sure to favorite it. On special occasions we’ll send out offers to folks who love our store and shop there, and often shoppers will get a reward for making a purchase too.

    And, if you aren’t subscribed to our mailing list, sign up soon. Our subscribers always get the best of our giveaways and discounts!

    If there’s something missing from the store that you’d like to see us offer, get in touch. We’ll do our best to produce the handmade herbal items our shoppers love most.

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