I work with homeowners, renters and businesses who would like to do their own garden care or renovate a garden gone wild, but feel they lack the knowledge to do so. So I am there to teach, coach, mentor, cheer you on and hold your hand until you can fly on your own.

Gathering knowledge and gaining skills by working with a trained gardening professional enables you to begin investing your own sweat equity to take ownership of your garden space.

I am strong on education and will teach you about natural yard care and other sustainable gardening practices, including rain gardens. I am here if you need someone to check your work to avoid costly errors (like planting a tree that will grow to 60’ under power lines – which the city will be happy to top for you or it topples in a strong wind onto your neighbor’s house – ugh!)

So, whether you are new to your home and the yard is a train-wreck, or you simply need to perk up a tired garden, or are just ready for something new and peaceful from crazy city living, but feel clueless in the ways of horticulture. I am there for you.

I’ll always guide you in the best ecological and sustainable practices.

I can also draw up a maintenance plan as well as set up a monthly or seasonal (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) coaching plan to assist you with seasonal garden plans so that you can care for your landscape on your own.

Consults, mentoring and coaching include, but are not limited to:

Rambunctious Urban Gardening

  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management).
  • Diagnostic Consults includes soil improvement, plant diseases and pests.
  • Planting plans.
  • Garden/yard maintenance plan.
  • Gardening for habitat (attracting pollinators, birds, beneficial insects).
  • How to manage that wet spot in the yard that won’t go away.
  • Managing storm water runoff from impervious surfaces such as your roof, driveway, sidewalk, patio/deck, compacted soil etc. Consults include rain gardens, rain garden planters etc. and other attractive and creative methods),
  • Staging for home sale (think curb appeal).

Why sustainability?

Face it, we love our Puget Sound and we want to do our part to protect it.

David Suzuki said it best in The Sacred Balance he wrote with Amanda McConell & Adrienne Mason:

“Past, present and future form a continuum in which each generation inherits a world shaped by the actions of its forebears and holds it in trust for all the generations to come.”

Sustainability makes sure we have, and will continue to have the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment. It is broadly defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.


Cindy was the right person at the right time for me. I am remodeling a small home in Central Seattle, which has been neglected for many years. Hiring a landscaper did not fit my tight budget, but I knew that having some professional advice would save me from wasting money on plants that wouldn’t work. Cindy provided a wealth of information about where to find the best arborist, how to improve my soil, and websites from sustainability to how to build planter boxes. She is very knowledgeable about the best gardening practices for the city and Puget Sound, committed to good environmental practices and eager to share what she knows. She was affordable and a joy to work with. I can’t wait to start digging! -Betsy D.