EXPERT KNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT FOR YOUR NATIVE GARDENING NEEDS
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
- Potential design ideas
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. Our travel radius is about an hour from Winchester, although we are available for virtual consults through whichever platform works for you.
*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.
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!
Knowing what to plant is an essential step to native gardening, but doing the actual work still needs to get done. For those of us with time, it's a delight to do this work, but if you find yourself pressed and need a hand, allow our gardeners to do that hard work for you! We will arrange transport for our plant material and install your garden for you, so you can focus on maintenance and enjoyment of your beautiful new space.
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.