Welcome to GardenVitals!

Founded in 2008, GardenVitals provides consultation and information customized for each client.  We work with all types of gardens, with a particular focus on native plant habitats. We believe that even the smallest yard can contribute to a healthier ecosystem for all of us.

Owner Sharon Burnham 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, and designing the in-progress native plant "pocket park" being established by Old Southwest, Inc. She recently formed a working group to examine ordinances that may impact native plant gardens.

She is also an in-demand speaker on a range of garden topics, including Habitat Gardening; Native Shrubs for the Home Landscape; Edible Native Plants for the Home Landscape; In Your Garden: The Birds and The Bees and a Little Sex Too; 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, edible plants, or in ornamental landscaping, we 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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