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        Do you want some help getting to know your yard? Are you planning a major improvement to your yard or garden? Do you just want some help adding a few native plants to the garden you already have? Seven Bends Nursery would love to help you with any of your large or small questions. Iara's years of scientific and practical experience will help you make the best decisions to fit the specific needs of your space and desired ecological outcomes.

        In our one hour consultation, we visit your property, provide an assessment  of what you currently have, contrast that with what your goals are,  and turn that into an overview of what we can do to help. We recommend plant material, approaches we can take to help, and explain the benefits your yard will get from the work.

A consultation from us is $125 for up to one hour and includes a comprehensive write up of the following:

  • Goals for the client and landscape

  • Guidance on how to stage and prioritize your efforts

  • A description and identification of the current plants--invasive, native, non-native

  • General site characteristics: soil quality, light and shade, irrigation, current structures

  • Evaluation of current wildlife and ecology

  • Potential future impacts of land use practices, both within property and at property borders.

  • Identification of and solutions for problem areas

  • Recommendations for plant material, site preparation, invasive species removal, and benefits of this work
  • Foundation information for landscape design


Contact us at to schedule your consultation.


We are available 9-6 Tuesday through Saturday for consultations. Saturday hours may vary depending on garden fair schedules.

Due to rising travel costs, for locations greater than 40 minutes away, we charge an additional 58 cents/mile from Winchester. This enables us to provide services and native plants to more ecosystems within our area.

To help increase access to the types of services we offer, if you are a small non-profit in the fields of environmental conservation or education, we can offer our consultation services for a reduced rate. Please contact Dr. Lacher at with inquiries.

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If you are ready to make changes to your garden, take all the guesswork out of the next steps by letting Seven Bends Nursery assist with design work. Starting from the goals you establish in our consultation, we help with projects large and small: additions of natives to a non-native yard, a small native-only garden bed,  a complete overhaul of a yard, a native meadow reclamation, and anything in between!

Virginia Conservation Assistance program

The state of Virginia offers home/landowners/organizations funding in the form of a competitive grant to support the planting of native plants and the conservation of soil and water resources.

Our expert will guide you through the application, producing information that will fulfill requirements of VCAP and improve the quality and thus competitiveness of your application.



Iara has a wide array of speaking experience to varied audiences interested in native plants, gardening, and science. She has presented from groups as small as a dozen to keynoting a larger event, and audiences appreciate the way she weaves research-based, scientific knowledge with practical, everyday advice and solutions. If you have an event, workshop, or need for a speaker, call us to discuss how we can help. 

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