I’m Jeanie Taylor, owner of Taylor Gardens. I do garden maintenance and renovation and help home gardeners with projects, pruning, and garden questions in Seattle and also near McMinnville, Oregon where I am rehabilitating a remnant Oregon white oak woodland and upland prairie/savanna.
What I most enjoy is working with you in your own garden - sharing the knowledge I have gained from years of working with plants, discovering garden life, and making mistakes that turned out to be good lessons. My special expertise is in knowing how to use native plants in the landscape successfully, and I believe that all gardens should have some natives so we can do our part for the rest of the creatures on the planet.
I talk with you about what you like and don’t like about your yard, and discuss ideas to make it more enjoyable and easier to care for - then make it happen!
I show you how to do tasks like pruning and shaping, and suggest methods to lessen the weeding burden. I help make your garden look the way you want it to in all seasons of the year.
If you don’t have time to work in the garden, I will follow your guidelines and renovate it for you. You may schedule me for regular bed maintenance and pruning as needed. I’m on the Plant Amnesty approved gardener list!
I conduct classes and demonstrations by request, most recently for the Washington Native Plant Society and the City of Seattle. A video tutorial on propagating plants using live stakes that I participated in, can be viewed online.
My experience in horticultural and landscape gardening is lifelong, as I grew up on a ranch in Colorado, thinned carrots in my Mom’s garden and played with plants when I was a tyke. My professional experience includes three years as a senior landscape gardener with the City of Seattle, six years as a plant propagator (I collected seed and cuttings from a majority of the plants you see in Seattle Parks and grew them for nursery stock), and a total of almost 20 years in greenhouse and gardening work, raising cut flowers, and working with home gardeners. I received horticultural training at Edmonds Community College, and hold a B.S. in Botany and an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Washington, and….I love insects.
My project on 20 acres in Oregon (chronicled at GopherValleyJrnl.wordpress.com) is to restore endangered plants and Oregon white oak savanna habitat while avoiding poison oak, one of the less favored native plants. I am an Oregon Master Naturalist.