Knee-deep in snow? How is a gardener to manage until spring?
The Saugeen and Kincardine Times are pleased to announce that we
are offering help from one of the areas most experienced
gardeners, Carol Vaughan of Wild Vines.
Carol is going to be contributing her garden knowledge through
her new column 'At the Garden Gate'.
She began her company officially after completing a Bruce County
Small Business program. "I had thought of starting my own
company," Carol explains, "and this program gave me the
foundation to build a business." Always a gardener, Carol began
at early age gardening with her father, and last year, 2008, was
her first year in her own business.
As each satisfied customer told friends and family about the
company, the demand for her services grew so quickly that she
employed four others throughout the summer. From designing stone
patios to undertaking a complete five-year garden plan, Wild
Vines has continued to expand. "I worked with downtown merchants
as well," adds Carol, "doing seasonal garden decorating.
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The range of garden likes and dislikes is extremely
widespread. Some prefer an English cottage style, some a more formal
garden and, yet others, a wild meadow type garden."
Part of determining the garden style that a client wants
makes up the personal service that Wild Vines is so focused on. "I like
to sit down, particularly with a new customer, and find out what it is
that they want their garden to look like. Every one is different."
Even though the snow is deep and we're only part way
through January, Carol is already working throughout the winter on a
consulting basis. "I'm finding that many clients are beginning now to
think about their gardens for spring plantings and are pouring over
garden magazines and seed catalogues. That's why I'm working with many
of them and helping them decide what they want to see this coming year
in their gardens. Now is the time to plan it all out."
So, with Carol's expertise, the Saugeen and Kincardine Times welcome our
readers to take a minute and pause ... At the Garden Gate.
Carol's first column. We'll link them all
together in the future