Welcome home gardeners! Services for homeowners are listed below. Please note that these offerings are for residents of the Metro Boston and MetroWest areas of Massachusetts only.

Pruning Lessons

Many clients have attended a pruning class (or two!), but have trouble applying what they have heard in class to their own plants. The art and science of arboriculture is more than just cutting, and it takes practice. Customized home pruning instruction can address:

• Flowering trees, shrubs, and vines — Practice pruning on your garden plants
• Young tree training — Establish strong architecture early
• Home orchards — Increase your crop by tailoring cuts for fruit-bearing trees
• Spring-blooming trees and shrubs — Maximize flowering with well-timed pruning

Beginner Home Pruning Class includes: 

• 90 minutes of pruning instruction and guidance for 1–2 people
• Complimentary leather work gloves and safety glasses
• Wide array of hand tools to try during your lesson
• Cost: $135

Subsequent Lessons (Co-Pruning):

• Continued coaching as we work our way through your garden projects
• Cost: $85/hr (2 hour minimum)
• Every 10th hour per year is free!


Planting Projects

Spring and fall are both excellent seasons for planting. Let us help you expand your plant palette, navigate the process, and lend a hand when it's digging time!

• Plant siting and selection
    - Whether you have acres or feet
    - Full sun or just a few rays!
    - Ornamental or edible!
• Proper tree, shrub, vine, and perennial planting
• Plants and practices to attract pollinators

This was definitely a winner of a class. Jen was great. Funny, super knowledgeable, very encouraging. I liked the hands-on aspect outside in Bressingham Garden. I wish we had more time to experiment with pruning. Like maybe we could have a campout weekend where we could stay for however long we want and have a campfire with s’mores and prune all day.

Master Gardener, Wellesley



Whether you are a new or experienced gardener, you may have questions or a would like a second opinion. As an independent consultant, I’m interested in discussing and exploring solutions to your garden conundrums.

• Plant siting and selection
• Plant inventories and guidance for new homeowners
• ISA Level 2 (Basic) Tree risk assessments
• Drought-tolerant plants and drought management strategies
• Soil testing and improvement
• Diagnostics and organic programs for dealing with insect pests, diseases, and weeds
• Current information on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA), Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), Winter Moth, and Gypsy Moth Caterpillar.
• Better composting
• Plant Rescue Operations (Pre-construction preparation)

Jen is an invaluable addition to my gardening life! In fact, I would not have a gardening life without her because she has patiently shown me even the most elementary things about planting and plants, opening up a great new world for me in my garden. She contributes great ideas about choices and is there to help follow through, be it for planting a large shrub, tying up a tricky vine, or drought and rabbit interventions. I can count on her to diagnose the issue and think of a workable solution, sometimes requiring a lot of imagination!


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