We offer many types of consulting services to private property owners, community groups, municipalities and non-profits around the maritimes. We also offer a wide range of educational services for the public, educational institutions, and our clients.
Rosmarie Lohnes has become an in-demand speaker and educator at conferences, professional development sessions, community events, and public seminars. Speaking on a wide variety of topics ranging from coastal erosion management to eco-forestry to growing your own vegetables from seed she is an inspiring, knowledgeable and memorable presenter. She has spoken for local garden clubs, NGO’s like the Friends of Nature, Ecology Action Centre and the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation to name a few, and at scientific conferences such as the Restore America’s Estuaries Conference in 2014.
New property owners and developments often begin by clearing land, trees and plants before knowing what beauty and natural assets may be lost. Our expert consultants can determine ecological issues and property assets before you purchase land or construction begins. We can assist your contractor during the planning phase to develop a low-impact, sustainable way forward that will reduce restoration costs after the completion of the development.
Existing property owners can face challenges that may require expert advice as well such as erosion issues, flooding, invasive species, and poor soil quality. Our expert consultants con provide valuable insight into how the interconnected systems present on your property can be repaired in a sustainable way using native species and locally sourced materials.
Rosmarie is available as a guest lecturer for educational institutions and has previously spoken to the Ecological Restoration class at St. Mary’s University, Halifax and the Natural Resources and Environmental Technology class at the Nova Scotia Community College, Lunenburg Campus.
We deliver a wide range of educational workshops from our Bridgewater office. Some of these include: sustainable landscape design, Living Shoreline erosion management, seed saving and propagation, dormant pruning, biodynamic gardening, and horticulture as therapy.
We offer Living Shoreline and erosion monitoring training and mentorship services. This service is for people who are interested in learning how to maintain their Living Shoreline as well as monitor erosion and/or coastal change on their property.
We also offer our clients a one-on-one Garden Mentorship Program, this program helps people gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to be self-sufficient in their own landscapes.
Another important part of our work is sharing our expertise with young people, schools, and community groups and we often work together with like-minded organizations on environmental and community food projects. We participate in local sustainability events such as the Growing Green Sustainability Festival, and volunteer our time to the Hodge Podge Community Garden and Bridgewater Edible Tree Program.