Welcome to GardenVitals!

Founded in 2008 by Sharon Burnham, GardenVitals provides consultation and information customized for each client.  Sharon works with all types of gardens, with a particular focus on native plant gardens and wildlife-friendly habitats.

Sharon believes that even the smallest yard can contribute to a healthier ecosystem for all of us. In support of this guiding principal, Sharon is part of Plant SWVA Natives, a group dedicated to promoting the beauty of native plants. The group just published a 116-page Guide to Gardening with Southwest Virginia Native Plants. Full of useful information about gardening, plus profiles of around 300 plants, the Guide will make your foray into native plant gardening much easier. Sharon contributed written materials and photos from her extensive native plant garden. Click to download a free copy of the Guide to Gardening with Southwest Virginia Native Plants.

Sharon also uses her knowledge and skills to assist the community in establishing native plant gardens, including advising The Arboretum at Virginia Western Community College, the Mountain View Community Garden, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke, St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church, and designing the native plant "pocket park" established by Old Southwest, Inc. She also formed a working group to examine ordinances that may impact native plant gardens.

Sharon is also an in-demand speaker on a range of garden topics, including Beneficial Beauty: Native Plants to Awaken Your Garden; Native Shrubs for the Home Landscape; Edible Native Plants for the Home Landscape; Removing Invasive Plants; Proper Pruning; Small Fruit in the Garden; Extending Your Harvest; Growing Hydrangeas; Small Bulbs in the Garden; Container Vegetable Gardening; Gardens of Normandy; and others.

Whether your gardening interests are in native plants or in ornamental landscaping, GardenVitals can help you save money and garden smarter.

Explore two of my transformations

Courtyard Garden

Courtyard garden in 2010 before renovation

Initial Plantings in 2013

Completed plantings in 2019 with range of colors and textures

Woodland Garden

Empty Space in 2015

Final Plantings in 2017

Maturing Landscape in 2020

Explore Other Garden Pictures

Goldenrod and Sedum

Yellow Spring Garden (Primrose, Toad Lily, Woodland Poppy, and Bellwort)

Spring Color

Vegetable and Ornamental Garden

Who sows a field, or trains a flower,  or plants a tree,  is more than all.

John Greenleaf Whittier

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