My goal is to help my clients create beautiful gardens that are functional and livable - at an affordable price point.
Depending on where you are in your journey, this may involve a garden coaching session. Or you may be in need a design/re-design.
Either way, I'll be there with you every step of the way. And all my advice will be based on your needs and skill level.
I grew up on the East Coast where gardening is pretty easy - deep, loamy soil and temperate weather. While summer days can be hot, the nights are cool and rainfall is plentiful.
I've been gardening in North Texas since 1981 and have experience with both sun and shade gardens.
Studying horticulture at Richland College built on my Master Gardener training. For eight years, I worked as a telephone screener for Neil Sperry's radio show "Neil Sperry's Texas Gardening" and I am grateful for all that I learned from this gardening icon. After graduating with my degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design, I worked with clients to help them create beautiful and functional landscapes.
A stroke in 2011 put my design/installation business on the back burner (I am a proponent of stroke awareness), and the next few years were spent co-founding The Herb Guild, writing garden-related articles, and speaking to garden clubs/organizations.
My ongoing volunteer work with the Collin County Master Gardeners (certified in 2002) includes training upcoming Master Gardeners on the subjects of propagation and herbs, serving as an Advocate on the Board and chairing the committee which writes the power point presentations for our educational outreach. I was a regular contributor for Fairview Estate Living magazine and The Art of Living Beautifully magazine and the CCMGA ECHO.
Being a Garden Coach and Landscape Designer is a passion that has evolved through the years - an opportunity to share my education, hands-on learning, and what I've learned from my friends and members of the gardening community.
GARDENING IN TEXAS
It's not easy being a gardener in Texas. We have tight (though fertile) clay soil, short and cold springs that turn into broiling summer days. We experience either torrential downpours or drought conditions.
One of the biggest obstacles is that our summer night temperatures regularly exceed 80 degrees. At that point, plants begin to suffer.
I'm aware of the distinct needs that come with gardening in Texas and would love the opportunity to work with you and help with any struggles you are experiencing!
Contact me to set up your consultation.
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BETH DIGIOIA | GARDEN COACH