"Ask the Expert" Garden Consultation
"Ask the Expert" Garden Consultation
"Ask the Expert" Garden Consultation
"Ask the Expert" Garden Consultation
"Ask the Expert" Garden Consultation
"Ask the Expert" Garden Consultation
"Ask the Expert" Garden Consultation

"Ask the Expert" Garden Consultation

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Planning to use your Shelter in Place time wisely? Thinking about landscaping that back yard? Learning how to garden or how to design a container? Or how not to kill those houseplants?

Get inside the gardening brains of our expert staff. They are available for half-hour consultations (via Zoom) to share their "grow how" with you.

After your consultation, if you decide to purchase products from us to make your garden dream a reality, you'll receive a $25 credit.

How it works:

  1. Once we receive your order, we'll send you a short questionnaire asking what you want to accomplish and provide a few half hour time slots with an expert most suited to your need.
  2. You'll confirm the time that works for you and well send you a link for the video call.
  3. You can take the call on your phone and walk around showing our expert your light conditions, where you think you want your garden to go, your sickly houseplants - whatever! And we'll do our best to help. 

Alex Muehlbauer, aka “Houseplant Dude”, is store manager at our Lincoln Square location. Alex joined us from the now defunct A New Leaf where he worked for six years as houseplant expert, terrarium creator, class instructor and in-home houseplant designer and installer. Starting your houseplant journey or riding a bumpy road? Alex can help.

Brekke Bounds is our education and youth projects manager. Aside from having a degree in sustainable agriculture, Brekke also studies herbalism and permaculture. After four years working for Gardeneers teaching children how to grow food in school gardens and being on their auxiliary board, Brekke joined our team to help spread the home grown veggie gospel to children and adults alike. Thinking about installing a kid friendly veggie garden or need some general planning help? Brekke’s your gal.

Bridget Walsh, aka “Our Lady of Landscaping” runs our landscaping division. A landscape designer and artist, Bridget likes to get personal with her designs by hand drawing them whenever possible. An advocate for organic and sustainable landscape practices, Bridget can transform any space into an oasis that is as functional as it is breathtaking. 

Rebecca Rico is our veggie plant buyer, runs our United We Blossom job training program and, in all her spare time, is the new executive director for Peterson Garden Project, a nonprofit (and City Grange partner) that teaches people how to grow their own food on otherwise unused urban land. Becky has a passion for making food gardening available to everyone no matter what their experience or income level.

Rashelle Strate is our Beverly store manager and founder of The Beverly Farmacy. After 16 years of commuting through the South Side to her former job, at the now defunct A New Leaf (where she worked a total of 22 years), Rashelle wanted to help alleviate hunger starting in her own backyard - literally. A chicken lover, veggie gardener and good food crusader, Rashelle is passionate about making food gardening accessible to everyone. And she’s also an expert florist. A lady of many talents...

Richard McMurray, aka “Plant Daddy” does plant yard merchandising, container design and is our resident butterfly expert. As a florist and decorative plant design expert, Richard’s keen eye and imaginative plant combinations are great for people and pollinators, too. 

Thank you for being part of our community of customers, gardeners and friends.

A few ways your continued support helps our small, woman owned business:

  • Well, we’re small and woman owned
  • Our growers are all midwest, family owned businesses
  • We buy from US made, small businesses whenever possible
  • Our staff includes industry professionals and members of our United We Blossom job training team. Many of them have families.
  • Delivery drivers are friends and family whose jobs have been put on hold due to their business sectors (photography, events, others) being put on hold
  • As a social enterprise, we believe the world would be a better place with more gardeners in it and we need a better world now more than ever
  • We employ the community… and we are the community

UPDATED Tuesday, March 31

Our mission is to remove every barrier to your gardening success. 

And we feel that mission is even more important in the light of COVID-19.

  • Since our business is considered essential (agriculture, landscaping) we are operating on a limited basis to maintain perishable inventory and deliver food and other plants, food garden supplies and related materials. 
  • We will be offering contact-less delivery Friday through Sunday or by appointment for large orders.
  • We will be offering curbside pick-up Friday and Saturday or by appointment for large orders.
  • No one other than staff and delivery drivers are allowed on premises.

For more useful information on our general shipping/delivery policies, click HERE.

Most of our staff is working from home to offer online support for pre-ordering of vegetable plants and food garden building materials. As well as offer online consultations for landscaping, food gardening, gardening with kids, etc. (You can learn more about consulting services HERE.)

Our landscape design team is in full swing creating backyard paradises for our customers. To contact them, click HERE.

In-store we are working on two person shifts for receiving, order processing and pick-up. There is one person in the store and one person in the yard at any given shift. They are maintaining maximum social distance. Each shift ends with disinfecting everything. 

Delivery drivers work solo - they come to the yard, get premade orders and deliver to you contact-less. You’ll receive a text from your driver asking where to put your order. They wear gloves. They are also, still, friends and family who are unemployed from their regular jobs due to the pandemic.