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Gardening Gals Help You Create the Perfect Vegetable Garden

It’s okay if gardening isn’t your thing. It’s not for everyone. If you still crave that vegetable garden, and long to pick fresh vegetables for your dinner, the Gardening Gals are experts that can help you. My dear friend from boarding school, Helen Denny and her business  partner Susan Cannella will come to your house and install individual raised garden beds for you.

Susan is a Charlotte native and grew up in the Cotswold area. As a child she cultivated a love for all things homegrown from the many hours she spent picking fruits and vegetables in her father’s bountiful garden. After graduating with a  degree in Landscape Architecture from Clemson University, she returned to Charlotte and has worked as a landscape designer for 14 years. She and her husband, a landscape architect, have two children and a beautifully maintained yard. Among her friends, Susan is known as the “Jill-of-all-Trades”. Whether it’s installing light fixtures, building screened porches, or refinishing furniture, Susan is your “handy ma’am”.  When not ferrying her kids around town, Susan enjoys cooking, gardening, decorating, and anything that involves a sledgehammer.

Helen has lived all over the Southeast, but is happy to make Charlotte her home. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University and spent seven years cultivating young minds before staying home full time to raise her own crop of kids. She is the wife of a hardworking man and the mother of four children. Helen loves being a stay-at-home mom and finds solace in the garden. No matter how messy the kitchen is or how sassy the children are, her garden is always uncluttered, quiet and polite. What started as a source of fresh vegetables and melons for her family, has become a passion and hobby that Helen hopes to share with others.

Helen and Susan have a variety of different beds for you to choose from.  However, if you have something special in mind, the Gardening Gals can create a customized gardening bed for you. They can also build composters and rain barrels to make your backyard more environmentally friendly.

The Gardening Gals are also available to throw your child a special gardening party. Kids love playing with the dirt and exploring nature, and these women will help you have a controlled environment for your child’s birthday. The Gardening Gals will include a raised garden bed, gardening activities and crafts, and one goody bag per child for each party.

For more information on how to have your own garden bed installed or how to have a special children’s birthday, you can email the Gardening Gals at info@gardeninggals.com.

– Miss A

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