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One-on-One Landscape and Garden Consulting 


Want Qs answered -- get my book, schedule a consult or take one of my classes

You should not expect free advice. I am a business

Per hour $60 cash, $75 check/card

Payment is expected at the time of the consultation

The consultation usually includes, but is not limited to:

  • Plant Identification

  • Cultivation Techniques (esp pruning)

  • Habitat Assessment (including soil and drainage)

  • Ornamental and Food Plants

  • What to Avoid

  • Purpose, Planning and Preparation

  • Design

  • Resources​​


The Mad Botanist is an experienced educator and lecturer, noted for his forthright discourse and sarcastic humor

Base speaking fee is $300, plus transportation (and lodging) if applicable

I am limiting my speaking engagements to no more than 2-3 per year


  •  Gardening in General (Q & A) not a PowerPoint presentation, but all the others can be

  •  Gardening Under the Influence (of Myths)

  •  Gardening with Native Plants

  •  Gardening with Limitations/Restrictions

  •  Gardening with Climate Change

  •  Common Gardening Mistakes

  •  Best Fragrant Plants for the Midwest Garden

  •  Fungi in the Garden: Sometimes Problematic or Food, but also a way to Healthier Plants

  •  Bryophytes & Gardening with 'Mosses'

  •  Soil, Compost, Mulch & Fertilizer

  •  Vegetable Gardening & An Edible Landscape

  •  My Favorite Shrubs for the Midwest

  •  Midwest Trees – the Good and the Bad

  •  Gardening with Conifers

  •  Invasive Species: Strategies for Control and Removal

  •  Plants You Should Not Want on Your Property, or Anywhere Nearby

  •  How to Grow Ericoids (Rhodos, Blueberries, etc.) in the Midwest

  •  The Truth About Pollinators: Best Plants & Practices

  •  The Amazing Carrot Family (Apiaceae)

  •  Foraging: Best Wild Foods of the Midwest (Culinary Delights)

  •  Beverage Plants in the Landscape

  •  Weeds & Weeding

  •  Weather & Climate as They Relate to Gardening

  •  XMAS Botany & Gardening: Inside & Out

  •  Autumn Gardening & Preparing for Winter

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