Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachael Carter.
Hi Rachael, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I graduated from Wayne State University with degrees in Environmental Science and Biology. I have always had a passion for sustainability and the environment, as well as gardening at my home. After a few years working as an Environmental Chemist, I had decided that the Environmental field was not for me, and I began working (unhappily) in an unrelated field. All the while, I was continuing to grow my own food and fielding questions from friends and family that wanted help starting gardens of their own. In 2021 I decided to take the leap into my passion, return to my original goal of getting back to nature, and launch my own business helping clients in Metro Detroit learn how to grow and harvest food yard to table!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Starting my own business has been the hardest thing I have ever done, and frankly, I have learned a lot of the struggles have been myself getting in my own way. The idea of garden coaching is strange to some, and I believe I also held back on advertising the help I can give due to this. But eventually, I realized that people hire coaches for all kinds of things – tennis, swimming, languages… why not gardening? The mental shifts that has had to happen over the course of starting the business was difficult but it was totally worth it.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in garden coaching and raised bed installations. I am known for making raised bed vegetable gardens elevated outdoor spaces that feel like an extension of your home. There are a million ways to set up a garden, but I make it a priority to design elements of visual interest that create spaces that homeowners actually want to spend time in, and more importantly one that fits their budge. I am most proud of the before and after pictures that I receive from first-time gardeners such as their first harvest, their first tomato growing, or their first meal using garden herbs. All of the gardens that I create begin with a consultation that is mostly educational – I don’t just want to build gardens, I want to grow gardeners. Years ago, I was also a “bad gardener” that would buy plants and take them home to die, but I realized that there is an educational gap that exists from the moment that you buy the plants and take them home and I hope to fill that space for those that want to learn.
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I have always had a deep interest in nature and have been grateful to spend so much of my summers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with my family. I attended a STEM high school which catapulted my love of plants, herbalism, and biology early on – a love that continued through college and now beyond!
- New Garden Design & Consultation – $100
- Existing Garden Assessments & Consultation – $100
- Vegetable Garden Coaching – $67
- Website: www.floraculturegardens.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/floraculture.gardens
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Floraculture.Gardens
Shelby Dubin Photography