The Garden Gurus

The Garden Gurus

5 Arlington, VA 22201 920-1417 Jennifer Horn of Garden Gurus is great! We have a Capitol Hill fenced, bricked yard with lots of challenges — shady, limited in what we can plant for various reasons, and some unfortunate past design decisions that make it hard to envision a new layout. We are DIY types but lack knowledge of what will grow and thrive in the DC climate — so we had several “garden coaches” come out and take a look over a few weeks to get a range of ideas. Garden Gurus beat all the others hands down — Jennifer took a hard look at our yard, provided lots of creative ideas about how to redesign the garden space, and came up with a really great list of plants that might work in our light and space conditions, both common ones and really unusual options. I felt that she really listened to what I was interested in doing and came up with some very concrete and useful suggestions — everything from planting blueberry bushes because we like to grow food, to turning an existing vegetable garden into a year-round mini “hothouse” using an existing steam vent, to providing specific lists of shrubs and perennials of various heights and sun needs to fit our space. The suggestions varied in complexity, so we can adapt them to our abilities and our timeframe. All the other garden coaches we saw were much vaguer in their suggestions, and a lot less creative in their design — and frankly less fun to talk to. She obviously knows her plants really well and has a good design eye. I felt quite inspired by our 90-minute meeting and we're now in the process of putting many of her suggestions into place. If you're looking for a garden coach, go with Garden Gurus! If you are reading this review because you are looking for someone to help you with your yard or garden, stop looking and call Jennifer. It really is that simple. From the moment I called Garden Gurus, Jennifer proved why she has received only glowing reviews. She is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. When she came out to the house, she took the time to understand my goals for the yard and how I would like to spend our time that day. She carefully made sketches of the different trees, plants, and shrubs then provided very clear, useful, and specific suggestions on how to achieve my landscaping design vision. I know have a better understanding of which things will do best in the various soil and shading conditions around our home. Thanks Jennifer! Call Garden Gurus, you will not regret it. Jennifer came last year when my garden was a mess, specially the front area. She identified which plants were weeds and which were perennials worth keeping. She sketched a quick garden design plan for me. The area looks so much better now. Worthy every penny! I only wish I had her come before going to the nursery to waste money on plants that were not appropriate for my garden. I highly recommend her services. I've had Jennifer come to my house twice, at the end of the winter as I pondered my options for a new (to me) garden at my home, and in June, when everything is starting to show its true colors. What to keep, what to take out, what to add? What is eating everything? Jennifer was prompt to the calls, engaged about making my gardens thrive and didn't let on that I am a new gardener who hasn't figured out if the thumb is green or brown – ok, perhaps a little grey for now. She has great knowledge about critters and bugs infesting your expensive plantings, will tell you exactly what to prune and how much to water and why, and provided a plan for new plantings on our first visit based on what I like and what would do well in my soil. From desperate and dejected (why is everything dying?) to enthusiastic and confident, in no time! I can't say enough about her ability to sort out your gardening questions while being pleasant and really smart at the same time. I'm sure I'll be calling on her again, if only to show with pride how her help has made my little urban idyll something to write home about. amazingly professional and so very knowledgeable. the time went by so fast! and yet, it was ample and superb advice. Listen to Jennifer!
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The Garden Gurus

If you are reading this review because you are looking for someone to help you with your yard or garden, stop looking and call Jennifer. It really is that simple. From the moment I called Garden Gurus, Jennifer proved why she has received only glowing reviews. She is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. When she came out to the house, she took the time to understand my goals for the yard and how I would like to spend our time that day. She carefully made sketches of the different trees, plants, and shrubs then provided very clear, useful, and specific suggestions on how to achieve my landscaping design vision. I know have a better understanding of which things will do best in the various soil and shading conditions around our home. Thanks Jennifer! Call Garden Gurus, you will not regret it.
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April Garden Diary April 12, 2017 0 What to do in your garden, what to plant and harvest highlights for the month of April. Our Changing Climate April 11, 2017 0 Our little green planet is getting hotter, but there are some simple ways we can all play a part in managing humanity’s impact. The Pollinator Pathway April 1, 2017 0 We need beneficial insects in our garden to ensure productive, healthy plants. Encourage them and nurture them by creating a pollinator pathway. Garden Re-Leaf 2017 March 17, 2017 0 Head down to your local participating garden centre on Sunday, March 19 to support Beyond Blue in this year’s Garden Re-Leaf. From Seed to Bumper Harvest March 6, 2017 0 Bonnie-Marie Hibbs guides us on how to grow vegetables from seed for a big winter and spring harvest.
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Kent RussellPerennial SpecialistAndGarden Club Raconteur Lectures / Consultations / Garden Design / Container Gardens My life remains quite full as I travel regularly to share my garden experiences to all GCA, Federated, and any other garden clubs who graciously request one of my many garden presentations. I hope to continue sharing my talents, love of gardening with others, and learning from those who share in return.
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My life remains quite full as I travel regularly to share my garden experiences to all GCA, Federated, and any other garden clubs who graciously request one of my many garden presentations. I hope to continue sharing my talents, love of gardening with others, and learning from those who share in return.
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Tomato plantsDear Garden Guru,My tomato plants always look beautiful when I get them in the ground. I water and fertilize and then right after the plants flower they turn yellow and spindly and they don't fruit very well. What am I doing wrong?Liz in San BrunoHi Liz,Yellow and spindly tomatoes don’t fruit that well do they? Believe it or not, I suspect that you are loving your plants too much. Over watering tomatoes will wash away all the nutrients you so lovingly applied, it also reduces needed oxygen in root zone and makes the plant susceptible to disease. Your plants should be deep watered 2 to 3 times a week. If the plant is seen wilting in the middle of the day, ignore it. Tomatoes will close their stomas in the heat of the day to prevent water loss by transpiration. They will perk right back up by late afternoon. If the plants look droopy in the morning, they need water. Too shady a location will also cause plants to be spindly but you usually see that effect immediately. If the leaves are showing some signs of browning, your plants may have Verticillium or Fusarium wilt. These are soil borne pathogens and there is no chemical control available. Warm and humid conditions will hasten the onset of wilt. It is highly recommended that you plant tomatoes labeled with “VF” (Verticillium/Fusarium) on the label as these are resistant varieties. Should there be an “N”, that means resistant to root knot nematodes. Hope this helps for this year’s crop!

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