About Garden Tutor
Garden Tutor is a unique, multimedia course dedicated to teaching beginning gardeners how to garden like a pro. Unlike other ways of learning to garden, Garden Tutor provides a concise, step-by-step framework and essential tools for hands-on education. With a solid gardening foundation, beginning gardeners can avoid years of learning by trial and error.
My name is Angus Junkin, founder of Garden Tutor. The idea for Garden Tutor was born in 1994 as I was graduating college. Having gardened since I was ten years old (thanks Mom!), I discovered it as a real passion. So much so, that at age 12, I worked on a town-owned vegetable farm which supplied local food banks with produce. I also worked for a wonderful woman who was too old to care for her gardens but guided me as I did the work. In high school and college, I started and grew a successful landscaping business.
While helping my landscape customers, I found that many clients were interested in gardening but didn’t know how to get started. In a “eureka” moment in 1994, I came up with the answer: provide aspiring gardeners with a hands-on course and kit that provides a solid gardening foundation. From this idea, Garden Tutor was born. The Garden Tutor kit was a Doubleday Direct Book Club selection and sold over 12,000 kits worldwide.
Fast forward to 2019. Garden Tutor is reborn and updated for the 21st century as an interactive, online course. Garden Tutor provides the information and tools new gardeners need to garden like a seasoned professional.
Garden Tutor Story
Helped Mom grow vegetable garden and win 1st and 2nd place at local garden club competition
Started working at “Greenpower Farm,” a town-owned vegetable farm
Hired as an apprentice to help restore and maintain perennial gardens for homeowner
Started landscaping company and grew it to over 100 regular clients
Sold landscaping company in final year of college
Graduated college and created “Garden Tutor” kit
Sold over 12,000 copies of Garden Tutor kit which was a featured Doubleday Direct Book Club selection
Provided horticultural consulting to select clients and continued to sell Garden Tutor kit
Sold Garden Tutor kit and continued with horticultural consulting
Today Launched gardentutor.com
Who needs Garden Tutor?
Garden Tutor is designed exclusively for beginning gardeners and is ideally suited for those who:
- Have little or no experience gardening
- Want to learn how to plan, plant and maintain a garden
- Have an interest in a single-source introduction to gardening
- Want to fully understand a new subject before getting started
- We are dedicated to helping others learn to garden with confidence
- We work for our customers and no one else
- We recognize that people have different learning styles and we strive to offer learning options
- We treat our customers, employees, and vendors the same way we expect to be treated: with respect and compassion
Garden Tutor Reviews
“It’s a great kit for a beginning gardener or an experienced gardener in need of a refresher.”
Ed Hutchison, Syndicated Garden Writer
American Homestyle and Gardening
“A perfect gift for aspiring new gardeners”
Midwest Book Review
“[T]utor in the basics that best educate a gardener. Most of us learn after years of trial and error, so the more information we can get in simple form, the less we’ll agonize”
“This is a must have for the beginning gardener”
“The Garden Tutor is the real thing. Guessing is out, knowing is in…[It] shows how effective knowledge can translate into the ideal garden.”
The Book Reader
“If this were a book on golf. I’d say it would take four strokes off your game.”
“Teacher, Teacher…It’s a crash course in soil and gardening.”
“It’s a Garden Guru”
Small Press Magazine
“Lay the framework for gardening success.”
Country Living Gardener
“[T]he Garden Tutor could prove to be a gardeners best friend…this isn’t another gimmick…This is not like any other garden book.”
The Argus Press
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