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Solutions for gardeners who see their gardens as an opportunity to enhance their lives for the better.

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Solutions for gardeners who see their gardens as an opportunity to enhance their lives for the better.

Are you looking for a dynamic, inspiring and engaging garden speaker for your next event?

My presentations are for resilient, lifelong gardeners who believe in:

E mbracing change and how we respond
A ccepting "what is" and finding solutions
S eeking comfort and safety first
E mpowering ourselves through self-care

A lways looking for new ways to adapt
N ever giving up as we respond to our new normal
D esigning a life we love through our love of gardening

J oining new communities and growing friendships
O vercoming fears and having fun
Y es we can!

I offer interactive and engaging talks that can be customized for your event and demographics.
I deliver effective, solutions-oriented thinking to help gardeners modify and
adapt to their physical limitations, no matter their age or their level of ability.

Each of her programs are designed and developed to
inspire your participants to embrace change and
take empowered action so they can garden for life.

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You Can Garden For Life!

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This seminar was the basis for my book: The Lifelong Gardener, Garden with Ease and Joy at Any Age.

Adaptive Gardening gives gardeners of all ages and abilities countless strategies so they can continue to enjoy gardening, even when their bodies are saying: “I don’t think so!” That’s when their “new normal” kicks in and some gardeners might seriously consider giving up gardening. Well, don’t throw in your trowel just yet!

In this seminar, we’ll ...

  • Explore how to save time, save money, save space, and above all, how to save energy.
  • Take a closer look at their physical garden and consider how it could be modified to make it more comfortable to work in. We discuss hardscape and tripping hazards, elevated raised beds, containers, and vertical gardening opportunities.
  • Talk a lot about tools, because all gardeners love their tools! We learn how their favorite tools can be adapted so they can keep using them with comfort. If they need to buy new tools or prefer the convenience of multi-use tools, I share recommendations of many ergonomic tools on the market today.

“Your presentation on ‘You Can Garden for Life with Adaptive Gardening’ was so relevant to our Berkeley Garden Club. Many of us are retired and still have a passion for gardening. You not only addressed issues of diminishing balance, strength and flexibility; you gave us solutions! The examples of adapting and installing new garden structures and walking surfaces and replacing our garden tools with ones that help us garden more efficiently and effectively were very helpful. We came away feeling empowered and ready to garden for life.”

—Patricia St. John, Berkeley Garden Club

The Movable Feast:
Growing Edibles in Containers

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Whether you’re downsizing or you want to raise up your gardens for greater comfort, you’ll love growing your food in containers because you can do the work without bending over. You can grow your own veggies, herbs, citrus, and even edible flowers, without weeds and most pests. You’ll enjoy serving fresh food from your garden and you’ll save money along the way.

It’s easy and fun to find colorful, interesting containers to give your gardens, patios, and balconies instant visual punch. They are ultimately movable to catch the sun as the seasons' change.

In this seminar, we’ll …

  • Learn how to create a small-scale garden that fits your abilities, your space, and your personal preferences
  • Talk about the types of plants, flowers, veggies, and herbs that thrive in container gardens
  • Discuss what containers are best for your situation and how to get started. What supplies you need to start and care for a container garden throughout the year.

Cultivating Community

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Find new and fun ways to grow your community. Join a garden club or the local rose society. Or volunteer your time by helping a neighbor or community group in their garden. You can join a garden club based on your love of roses, iris, or native plants. It’s never too late to become a Master Gardener because you keep learning, which keeps your mind sharp and you can get involved by volunteering in various kinds of projects.

It’s never too late to become a Master Gardener (I was certified at 63 years old!) You keep learning research-based information, which keeps your mind sharp. You stay involved by volunteering in a large variety of projects.

Get it done, then have fun by inviting some friends over to have a working garden party. There are lots of ways you can grow your community by thinking outside of the raised bed in your backyard.

In this seminar, we’ll …

  • Explore options and activities for building community while gardening
  • Talk about volunteer gardening opportunities
  • Get creative and talk about ways to host a working garden party

Outdoors In: Innovating Indoor Gardening

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Indoors is the new outdoors when it comes to growing your own food and bringing the outdoors in is an excellent antidote to the winter blues. You can grow salad greens, vegetables, herbs, citrus, and fruit year-round on your windowsill and re-grow your food indoors to save money at the grocery store. or balcony with fun, creative containers, as tending a garden indoors has a soothing, relaxing effect. Plant an indoor cat garden or create a fun cocktail garden.

Perhaps you don’t have the space to garden outdoors, or you just would rather bring the outdoors in. Research shows tending an indoor garden has a soothing, relaxing effect and is an excellent antidote to the winter blues.

You can always grow houseplants, but why not grow your favorite veggies and salad greens on your windowsill or balcony? You can even regrow your food indoors which will save you money at the grocery store.  And for fun, plant an indoor cat garden or create a fun cocktail garden.

The added bonus is that there are so many fun, creative containers on the market that will add interest and color to your home décor. 

In this seminar, we’ll … 

  • Discuss the main considerations in choosing a location for your indoor garden or gardens
  • Talk about indoor food gardens, and the types of salad greens, veggies, and herbs that grow well inside
  • How to bring more color vibrancy into your spaces with indoor flower gardens

Toni is an Adaptive Gardening
Expert & Resilience Change-Agent.

Toni is an Adaptive Gardening
Expert & Resilience Change-Agent.

You can count on Toni to arrive early,
answer all your questions, offer lots of ideas and solutions,
have fun along the way, and even provide a
book signing following your event.

To read accolades about Toni’s
speaking and presentations, click here.

You can count on Toni to arrive early,
answer all your questions, offer lots of ideas and solutions,
have fun along the way, and even provide a
book signing following
your event.

To read accolades about
Toni’s speaking and presentations,
click here.

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