June 18, 2008

How to become a garden coach ?

Garden Coach is a new proffession. Gardening as hobby is slowly shifting to the younger generation and it looks like they search for garden education - this is the situation when acquiring your private garden coach could be a great solution.

The moment I have heard about garden coaching, I had a gut feeling it could be something interesting for me.

It is never too late to change your profession, right?

I found some interesting articles on how to become a garden coach, which I link below. Maybe you could be also interested, or you could advise something? Any piece of advice is highly appreciated :)

NYT "Plant! Water! Weed!"


Sustainable Gardening Blog

If you consider career change since some time take NOW a piece of paper and pencil - write down a plan. It doesn't have to be long or complicated, but power of written word is enormous.

How to Become a Garden Coach. 10 Steps to a Successful Career Change

1. Is it proper time?

Time is never proper - it is similar to pregnancy, time is usually not really the best. Sometimes you fool yourself for some time or even years (as I did): money is OK, people are more or less OK, I know what is expected from me... maybe I exagerrate? But are you tired most of time? you don't want to get out of bed in the morning; you can't concentrate on the job as good as you did in the past? This could mean, that you need to consider a job or career change.

2. Are you satisfied with your current job?

Start a journal - your daily reactions to your job situation and look for recurring themes. And then read it at weekend: what of your current job do you like or dislike? Is it content of your work? company culture? people?

3. Be prepared mentally to change your current job.

Sometimes it comes and you are not prepared - you turn it down just like you drink water. You don't even see it sometimes. You see it when its too late. Get prepared, open your eyes wide.

4. Write down your interests, values and skills.

What liked to do in the past? Any other jobs? Volunteer work? Projects? Check if your core values and skills are addressed in your current job.

5. Look and think what jobs would be more suitable for your skills and core values?

6. Write down as detailed as possible what will be your future profession.

If you want to get on your own and that requires to acquire clients, write down who they will be: what values will be important for them, how much money they will spend with you, how will they treat you, how much freedom at completeing the jobs they will give you etc.

7. Look for information about chosen new fields.

Find some personal contacts, probably you will find somebody, that knows somebody, whos friend is working in chosen arena.

8. Get involved in volunteer and freelance activities related to your target arena.

If you would like to publishing as a career, try editing the blog on certain subject. If you would like to be a garden couch, open blog on gardening and counselling subject, right?

9. Look for educational opportunities.

Evening course at a local college, seminars, contact professional groups.

10. Within your current company look for change opportunities.

If your company is organising courses, take those which can enlighten you in your new field. If your company is publishing a newsletter, try to wirite something for them - if that would bridge you to your new profession.


Or maybe you would like to start to work from home, because you don't want to waste your time in traffic anymore? I can do much more since I work from home. Just 2 hours extra daily for reading, weeding, surfing....

I found great website sparkplugging.com, that gives a lot very valuable tips on the subject working from home. Jump there if you are interested.

That would be all for today :) no poetry, no pictures, just some random thought on the subject that is boiling inside of me, that I would like to share .




Viooltje said...

My cats seem to have the same issues in their pretty heads as your boy Aslan. All they do is yawn and exchange their sleeping spots around my flower pots. But then again, they are cats. And if I'm around for a moment of rest, they'll try and sleep on my face as well ;-)

I get that feeling you were writing about pretty often. I'm only young and about to get my university degree but I often regret that there were no Horticulture majors when I was starting my studies, not the proper ones as in England anyway, nothing where you could sharpen up your love, knowledge and creativity for gardening and exterior design. And I admire people who have 'the balls' to leave everything behind and start all over again, doing something that they absolutely love and enjoy. What more could one wish for...

I hope you keep your fingers crossed for us on Friday. Thanks to my dad both me & my sister have been football fans since little feet. By the way, Boruc is one classy goalkeeper, I remember him from Celtic, I really wished that Poland would go through, instead of Germany. I could never understand where all their arrogance came from, but we always seem to find a way to show them where the doors are...LOL, they have no antidote for our big hearts.

And since you mentioned Dubrovnik, I can just add I don't blame your friend, it is one place that takes your breath away. I was there just the other day, every time I visit an arboretum on the little island of Lokrum just opposite Dubrovnik, if your friend didn't go there yet, I'd wholeheartedly suggest, it is one amazing place not to be missed.

Take care,

Anonymous said...

Ewa, you would be a PERFECT gardening coach! You are funny, insighful, patient and you like to teach!
Go for it! Anyone who works with you will be very blessed. And you will be happy! (This is what the planet needs: happy people in happy gardens!) Keep us posted! Blessings! Kathryn xoxo

Minerva said...

Changing jobs and careers are two different things. I know, I change jobs constantly - within the same "career" but I have changed careers three times: from academia to for profit consulting to non profit consulting or volunteering - as long as the job is interestingly challenging (cleaning is challenging for me because I hate cleaning, so I would not take a job that wpuld be challenging that way). But I have no longer any family or other financial obligations, when I had, I was enduring a lot more than I am inclined to endure nowadays. My advice: see where you are in life, putting changing job or career into broader life perspective and you'll see whether you can do it abruptly, jumping into a new water, or if you have to do it carefully testing the water, perhaps as a hobby first, or moonlighting. Coaching is an extrovert career, requires constant orientation on PEOPLE, not necessarily on making gardens perfect as a priority, but making people happy gardening ... plus them having something to show for it ( a garden, at their level of ability, time comittment, budget etc.) Hopefully you are not too much of a perfectionist ;-)

Barbara said...

I've been trying to figure out how I could turn gardening into a job so I could leave my current job behind.

Garden coach sounds like a wonderful dream.

But it may be just that, a dream. I don't think I have the credentials to tell someone else how to garden when I'm a trial and error gardner myself.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Kisses and a big hug to you too Ewa. Wonderful post, very insightful and fun too. I think with your enthousiasm you'd make an excellent garden coach and I wish you all the best with trying to achieve that goal.

The pic of Aslan made me laugh it looked so familiar!

Anonymous said...

Ewa, You can surely be my garden coach. My gardener just quit ie stopped coming and the grass is growing, the weeds are growing but the plants and flowers have stopped growing!!
How about it?? If you have all that spare time tell me what to do in my garden in Jelonki

Ewa said...

you wrote a very long and sweet comment - thank you for your time. On that garden design curse I had a feeling, that I know more than they teach. And also important was talking to designers - they said people don't want just design - they want it done - that was the point that made me holding horses. Dealing with 'unqualified physical workers' is not for me today. Maybe later it will be OK.

I hope one day I will also come to your country.
Thank you for advising the place :)

You made me smile and thank you for support :)

Good to see you again - I thought you got lost somewhere in that far country :) You touched very important subject. I came to the point that changing jobs became not interesting for me. I came to the point, that I need something DIFFERENT. Testing water is a good advise :)

I am sure there are people that know much less about this subject.. but if you feel you need to learn more, that's also good, cos we never know everything.

Oh, your travels made me curious... why you didn't say anything you go to Scotland? I would like to go with you! :)) Nobody I know wants to go to see gardens, but I don't want to go alone - human aspect is important :)
I am very curious... and I am wating for more pictores and description of your impressions, feelings... pictures alone is not enough. Your comments + pitures are making it worth to visit.

Ewa said...

OK, so I will become your Personal Garden Couch - sounds great to me :) I would be very happy to help. For that I need to see your garden, right? If you are serious about it, write an email: ewamariasz at wp dot pl

Anonymous said...


I will take some pictures tonight and send to you by mail. Then you can see.

My wife has found a list of gardeners in the neighbourhood and will start calling tomorrow - her Polish is better than mine! - I have a crazy travel schedule over next two months and all I can think about is my plants dying when I am away :-(