You want more time to enjoy your garden.

But you don’t know where to start.

And you feel frustrated and overwhelmed.

Intimidated, even.

Growing your dream garden doesn’t have to be a tiring, thorny time-suck.

You can feel confident and proud of your garden!

Even your garden is in open rebellion, with beds ruled by weedy overlords or total plant anarchy where only the hardiest survive.

The solution is to garden smart, not hard.

And it’s easier than you think!

Meet your gardening fairy godmother…

Cheryl Spencer, certified gardener

Hi! I’m Cheryl.

I’m a certified gardener born with a plant addiction that has no cure.

I believe you can grow your dream garden and still have time to enjoy it – no matter how busy you are.

That’s why I created Simply Smart Gardening. To help you grow a garden that’s manageable, wows your neighbors, and makes your family say, “more veggies, please!”

I’ve been seen on…

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🌻You can grow your dream garden AND have time to enjoy it.

Here’s why gardeners love Simply Smart Gardening…

Growing a beautiful, productive garden is a grand adventure…

Where should we go first?

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Gardening Basics

Get the help you need to start gardening like an expert. No experience required!

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Ornamental Gardens

Discover how to grow and maintain your flowers and ornamental plants like a pro.

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Edible Gardens

Learn how to grow vegetables, fruit, and herbs you and your family will enjoy.

You’ll find even more help and resources in the shop.

Garden smarter with my most popular digital products and courses.

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Get the right things done at the right time.

What To Do When

Monthly Checklists for Busy Gardeners

Take the stress, overwhelm, and guesswork out of gardening with these done-for-you checklists.

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Beautifully organize and track all your gardening info.

Smart Garden Journal Pages

Quickly and easily find the important information you need to make your garden a success every year! Buy once, use forever.

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Grow more, work less.

Small Space, Big Harvest

The course for busy gardeners who want to grow a wildly productive vegetable garden without all the weeding, watering, or worrying.

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