Garden Consults

Take your food garden next level

A consult is 90 minutes. You and me, in your edible garden, or mine. Practical, down to earth advice personalised to you and your garden.

  • An experienced ear to find the problem and solve it.
  • A way forward. To make your life easier and your garden strong.
  • A shot of inspiration, to encourage you along and get you growing!

Expert help for fruit trees, vegetable gardens, wind shelter, natives, chooks and companion plants – whatever you need, 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
  • Turn your lifestyle block from a millstone to a joy with savvy design
  • Help you prune your fruit trees
  • For all your edible garden questions – you’ve got me for an hour and a half!

My garden consult with Kath was incredibly helpful. I could spend hours and money looking up resources, testing soil, and planting plants which may or may not thrive, and still not have the insights and recommendations she gave. It was well worth the investment. I feel more knowledgeable and feel like I can make better decisions to help my garden thrive. Thank you Kath for your generosity!

— Kate Dallenbach

Thank you so much for the consult yesterday! You were right, the hour and half flies by! I feel very excited about the garden. It will look gorgeous! I love the plan you came up with for us and I am very much looking forward to building a beautiful healthy productive garden. Thank you for the garden design and all the excellent information. We were at a loss of where and how to begin and I no longer feel that way. It is fantastic to be able to go forward with a plan

−− Kezia Page-Sinclair

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 Baldwin.

Thanks so much for your time yesterday Kath – we feel so much more confident now and spent the rest of the day pruning the apple trees, doing lots of structural pruning and lots of standing back and deciding which cuts need to be done next year to avoid too much shock to the trees.  I think we did ok and are much happier with the extra light and the emerging shape of the trees now. Have just paid the invoice by direct credit – worth every cent!! With huge thanks and best regards,

Karin & Neil



I am no longer travelling to Wellington or the Wairarapa. If you live further afield check out my video consults.

1.5 hour consult =  $300 plus GST

For travel add:
Otaki – $25
Te Horo – $35
Waikanae – $40
Paraparaumu – $45
Paekakariki – $65
Palmerston North – $65



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.

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.

Kath Irvine's Edible Backyard NZ Growing Food Gardeners