Check out this interview with Ranter Susan Harris about her burgeoning coaching career. It’s by Robin Wedewer of Examiner.com.
To be honest, I’ve never thought of hiring either a garden coach or a garden designer. Except for our pond guy, no other person than me or my husband has ever imposed their aesthetic on our garden. But … maybe they should? Was Susan too kind to point out the glaring deficiencies that must have been so obvious to her when visiting last summer? Should I bring her back? I wonder. I am sure we could all use, as she says in this quote from the Examiner article, a “second pair of eyes,”
There’s also a nice sprinkling of experienced gardeners who hire me because, they say, they want a second pair of eyes on their whole garden and all the plants in it. Secretly they’re often looking for permission to get rid of some large plant that’s looked terrible for a long time and are SO relieved when I tell them that I sure would if it were my garden. (And that’s my style—not, “You should,” but “I would.”)
Sometimes, I get too involved in the present problems of plants that won’t thrive, plants I need to find space for, and, well, just plain plants. I know I spend so much time thinking about plants that I rarely consider the look of the garden as a whole. That’s where people like Susan come in. Gardeners like us, but equipped with that helpful second pair of eyes.