Kit Gage - Gardener's Adviser


Rates & Work

You can understand and modify your own yard with a bit of help. That's where I come in: I evaluate your garden for and with you, so you can decide what to do with it and how to implement your plan. My specialties are native plants and lower care plants, but I'm not a purist. And I help evaluate your stormwater issues.

M My rates are $100 for the first consultation and recommendations. This involves evaluating the questionnaire you filled out (accessible from this site), a visit to your yard with you - usually an hour or two, with recommendations both on site and in a short report to you afterwards. Included in the consultation are the booklet: Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping , other books on loan, useful websites, plant lists, and care and pruning options. I generally include evaluations of the health of your major plantings, suggestions for relocating if needed, swapping for more appropriate plantings.

I evaluate and suggest opportunities for collecting and soaking in stormwater in ways that don't compromise your home and using native plants. All this is dependent on your needs and desires. After the initial consultation and written follow-up, I am available for checkups in later seasons. Depending on the effort involved, these may be $50/hr.

I am a CBLP – Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional, level 1, I was co-founder and co-director of the National Capital Region Watershed Stewards Academy, which organizes courses for adults to understand the problems of stormwater in cities with lots of pavement and people, and how to mitigate some of those problems, including with conservation landscapes, rain barrels and cisterns.

I am now advocacy director of Friends of Sligo Creek, and an active member of its Stormwater Committee, Stormwater Partners county coalition, and in leadership of the Takoma Horticultural Club. I’ve worked with the Montgomery Housing Partnership and CASA on Stormwater issues. I have a Horticulture Certificate from Graduate School USA ( ) in DC.