Garden Consult

Kath was key to us making sense of our newly purchased 5 acres of tree-filled gardens – we are now excited with the potential she has opened us up to!” — Sharon.

Taking your food garden to the next level

A consult is 90 minutes. Me and you. In your edible garden, or mine.

  • An experienced ear to find the problem and solve it.
  • A plan. To start your food garden on a strong footing.
  • A shot of inspiration, to encourage you along and get you growing!

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Edible Garden Consult

Where ever you’re at, I’ll take your food garden to the next level.

  • For a smart plan, personalised to you, and enough “how to’s” to get you there
  • To improve an existing garden – let’s tweak your set up and get your garden humming
  • For all your burning edible garden questions – you’ve got me for an hour and a half!


Fruit Tree/ Orchard Consult

  • Lets make a plan! – rootstocks and varieties best suited to your place, where to plant your fruit trees, and what companion plants to grow. How to plant, prune and take care of your new trees.
  • Inheriting fruit trees can present a puzzle, especially if they’ve been neglected. I can help you decide whether or not they are worth saving and integrate new plantings into an existing set up.

Fruit tree catalogues come out in Autumn. Avoid seduction! Be ready and armed with a list!


Pruning Consult

For best pruning learning you can’t beat my “How To Prune Fruit Trees” workshop. Pull out all stops to make it! If you cannot – I can come to your place and teach you on your own trees.


Follow-Up Phone Consult

A phone consult is a follow up to any of the 3 consults above – its only available if I’ve been to your garden.
Book in a 30 minute call with me, to resolve questions that arise when implementing our plan. I’ll make notes while we talk, and send them to you.
Price – $59.00

Hey Kath, Thank you so much! You answered all the questions that I had and I’m not overwhelmed with too much info. I really appreciate your help, it’s just spot on. Thanks”– Ruth

Consult Voucher

A glorious gift for gardeners – an Edible Backyard consult voucher!




1.5 hour consult =  $178.25

For travel add:
Otaki – $20
Te Horo – $30
Waikanae – $35
Paraparaumu – $40
Paekakariki – $55
Palmerston North – $55
Wellington – $100
Wairarapa – $200. It takes two for me to come on this 5 hour roadie! Let me know that you’re keen and I’ll put out for a second consult through my networks. Travel costs are split in half.

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Garden Consults with Kath Irvine

Kath is so practical and “down to earth”. After some pre-visit planning she was able to focus on our long list of questions and responded with positive, helpful advice.  She wasn’t fazed by our largish block with many gardening challenges and together we worked out a manageable plan. Kath has a wealth of knowledge to tap into and no matter how experienced a gardener is, one can always learn better or easier ways to do things. Her regular E-newsletter is also something I always enjoy.” — John & Diane.

We found Kath very knowledgeable, providing us with practical advice for how to design our orchard and develop our property. She gave us priorities to focus on, and which varieties of plants to plant to suit our landscape. We were very grateful we had this consultation – it gave us a plan and got us going in the right direction.” — Amanda & Alistair.

What I found really great was receiving (before your visit) the steps on “Making the most of your Consult”. This meant I was able to be prepared for your arrival and every minute was utilised. As we walked around the property I felt extremely confident as you shared your knowledge with passion when advising on which plants were best and their placement. You made sure we covered everything on my list and left me with a good sketch of the planting and the names of suggested plants. At the end of our session you left me feeling well enthused and excited about growing my garden.” — Lois.