My mission is to help folks create beautiful and sustainable gardens while inspiring a sense of play, curiosity, and wonder.
My garden philosophy
I believe gardens should be beautiful, and what is considered beautiful is entirely decided by the gardener.
I believe gardens should be sustainable or at least lean toward it. Achieving sustainability is a process. Each gardener has to decide how best to heal and tend to the earth’s resources.
I absolutely believe gardens should be fun! If not, then what’s the point? I want to help you have fun in your garden! I know firsthand from studying Therapeutic Horticulture how a garden can change lives for the better.
Gardening can be confusing—pruning, planting, fertilizing, mulching, winterizing, watering. When to do a certain chore? How to do it? And most importantly why am I doing this? I work side-by-side with clients to teach them gardening skills and maintenance techniques while encouraging and inspiring them to do the work themselves.
I approach gardening from the perspective of play. Where else can you channel your inner child and delight in the world of nature, tuning in to different rhythms that allow you to lose track of time? Gardens provide a place for adults to shed expectations of perfection and just have fun. Creating a beautiful space where you can relax, entertain family and friends, and enjoy nature are bonus benefits. Click below to see what types of services I offer and then let me know what you need to get growing!
As a garden consultant, I bring a passion bordering on obsession for gardening and plants as well as extensive hands-on training, knowledge, and formal instruction. I spent 14 years as program manager, head of plant propagation, and gardener at Montrose Gardens, a 61-acre, private historic estate in Hillsborough, N.C. In addition, I served as a Wake County Extension Master Gardener from 2000–2008.
After studying Horticultural Therapy with Sally Haskett at UNC’s Botanical Gardens, I became interested in the power of gardens to heal. It’s no exaggeration to say that gardening is good for the body, mind, and spirit, which is one reason I enjoy puttering in and maintaining my small North Carolina garden. Regardless of its size, every garden can become a place of sanctuary and pleasure. Let me help you create a garden you’ll love spending time in.
Seasons, cycles, and time have always fascinated me. I enjoy learning how other cultures have experienced these phenomena in diverse ways. In the U.S., we have the four-season astronomical model that’s based on the equinoxes and solstices. Some countries use a meteorological definition for seasons—four seasons each containing three complete, undivided months. Some cultures have six seasons. …
Six Seasons Garden Consulting Mission
Creating beautiful & sustainable gardens while inspiring a sense of play, curiosity, and wonder
Beautiful. Sustainable. Fun.
Gardening is not about chasing perfection. Gardening is about enjoying the process of creating spaces that nourish our bodies, lift our spirits, and connect us back to ourselves, each other, and nature.
Cheryl Capaldo Traylor
six seasons garden consulting