I discovered Evergreen, a non-profit environmental organization, at my local farmer’s market last weekend. They were there promoting their Lawn and Garden Smart program, a garden consultation and design service created to promote ecological gardening to Greater Vancouver residents. Some municipalities, like West Vancouver and Richmond, are buying up blocks of the consultations to be delivered to their residents at a subsidized rate as part of their pesticide reduction education programs. Bravo!
In addition to one hour consultations, Evergreen offers follow-up ‘coaching’ sessions, full landscape design services, participatory installations (where family and friends help you plant), a native plant buying club and gift certificates for all of the above.
But you should check out their website even if you don’t live near one of their regional offices, because there are tons of fantastic resources, including heritage and native plant databases. And – this is really cool – you can add the plants you’re interested in to a personal “wishlist” similar to Amazon’s.