About Six Seasons Garden Consulting

Sometimes home gardeners just want to know what to do and when to do it. They often lack the confidence to do the work themselves, which can be the most fun part of having a garden. As a consultant, I want to inspire gardeners to get back in their gardens. I work side-by-side with clients to teach them gardening skills and maintenance techniques while encouraging and inspiring them to do the work themselves.

From increasing attention to alleviating depression, studies show that being in nature provides many health benefits to children and adults. Gardening offers the extra benefit of giving people a sense of meaning and purpose through the tending of plants. This care provides tangible results: flowers, beauty, food. As the plants grow, so does the person.

I like to approach gardening from the perspective of play. That’s not to say that it’s not a lot of work—it is! But gardening should also be fun. Where else can we channel our inner child and delight in the world of nature—feeling in tune with a different rhythm, one that makes you lose track of time. In a garden, you can shed expectations of perfection and have fun creating a beautiful space to relax, entertain family and friends, and enjoy nature. Let’s get you growing!

Cheryl Capaldo Traylor
Six Seasons Garden Consulting owner

My mission is to help folks create beautiful and sustainable gardens while inspiring a sense of play, curiosity, and wonder. Gardening is not about chasing perfection. Gardening is about enjoying the process of creating spaces that nourish our bodies, lift our spirits, and reconnect us to ourselves, each other, and nature.

My garden philosophy

Beauty

Beauty

I believe gardens should be beautiful, and what is considered beautiful is entirely decided by the gardener.

Sustainability

Sustainability

I believe gardens should be sustainable or at least lean toward it. Achieving sustainability is a process. Each gardener has to decide how best to heal and tend to the earth’s resources.

Fun

Fun

I absolutely believe gardens should be fun! If not, then what’s the point? I want to help you have fun in your garden! I know firsthand from studying Therapeutic Horticulture how a garden can change lives for the better.

Services

Gardening can be confusing—pruning, planting, fertilizing, mulching, winterizing, watering. When to do a certain chore? How to do it? And most importantly why am I doing this? I work side-by-side with clients to teach them gardening skills and maintenance techniques while encouraging and inspiring them to do the work themselves.

I approach gardening from the perspective of play. Where else can you channel your inner child and delight in the world of nature, tuning in to different rhythms that allow you to lose track of time? Gardens provide a place for adults to shed expectations of perfection and just have fun. Creating a beautiful space where you can relax, entertain family and friends, and enjoy nature are bonus benefits. Click below to see what types of services I offer and then let me know what you need to get growing!

Performing site assessments and helping you define your garden needs and wants
Helping you choose plants to attract pollinators, including birds, bees, and butterflies
Explaining and demonstrating sustainable gardening practices
Showing you how to work with nature to create beautiful spaces that bring you joy
Identifying the plants in your garden, including weeds
Teaching garden maintenance techniques: winterizing, pruning, mulching, planting, fertilizing, etc.
Demonstrating plant propagation methods: seeds, division, cuttings, and layering
Creating garden maintenance schedules and plans
Being your personal plant shopper and teaching you how to shop for healthy plants
Troubleshooting problems and following up on your questions and concerns
Creating winter gardens—a passion of mine
Helping newly-transplanted gardeners acclimate to gardening in the Triangle region
Helping gardeners of any skill set feel more confident
Encouraging and inspiring clients to have more fun in their gardens
Working in your garden when you don’t have the time or inclination
Need other help in the garden? Send me a note, and let’s get you growing.

Experience

As a garden consultant, I bring a passion bordering on obsession for gardening and plants as well as extensive hands-on training, knowledge, and formal instruction. I spent 14 years as program manager, head of plant propagation, and gardener at Montrose Gardens, a 61-acre, private historic estate in Hillsborough, N.C. In addition, I served as a Wake County Extension Master Gardener from 2000–2008.

After studying Horticultural Therapy with Sally Haskett at UNC’s Botanical Gardens, I became interested in the power of gardens to heal. It’s no exaggeration to say that gardening is good for the body, mind, and spirit, which is one reason I enjoy puttering in and maintaining my small North Carolina garden. Regardless of its size, every garden can become a place of sanctuary and pleasure. Let me help you create a garden you’ll love spending time in.

North Carolina Extension Master Gardener 2000-2008
Led gardening workshops on propagation, pruning, designing container gardens, creating healthy soils, garden and nature journaling, and more
Certified Carolina Backyard Naturalist
My home garden is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat 
North Carolina Environmental Educator
Studied Horticultural Therapy 
The Garden Guru columnist for Seasons Style & Design magazine
Write about sustainable gardening, environment, pollinators, wildlife gardening, and related topics
Studied the history of English Gardens for Masters thesis—Duke University

Why do I do this?

I love gardening! Being a gardener has enriched my life on so many levels. Like everyone else, I live with stress, loss, and uncertainty—especially in these disorienting times. My garden provides healing—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—and keeps me grounded. I want to share what I’ve learned in my 25-plus years as a professional and home gardener, in hopes that you, too, will find joy, health, and peace in your garden. I want to give you permission to play!

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It is not the gardener that makes the garden. It is the garden that makes the gardener.

Alan chadwick

English master gardener 1909–1980