Toni Gattone

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317 Holcomb Avenue Larkspur, California 94939

Toni Gattone is a speaker and author with a passion to help gardeners grow their resilience so they can continue to garden in comfort and safety. Her book, The Lifelong Gardener, Garden with Ease and Joy at Any Age, publishes in August 2019.


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You can garden for life… with Adaptive Gardening!  


When life hands us lemons, make lemonade.

Our aging process does not dictate our gardening potential. Our mobility issues do not diminish our ability to produce the garden of our dreams. We have the power to adapt our gardens to our vision, and adapt our vision by revising how we approach gardening.

Through utilizing adaptive gardening techniques, we honor our capacities by gardening smarter, not harder, while looking for new ways that are kinder to our bodies. Gardeners of all ages and abilities can hold on to their love of gardening when holding the pruners gets tougher.

Come join me on the path to adaptive gardening so you can garden for life, in comfort, with ease and joy.

Is Adaptive Gardening right for you?

You’re not ready to give up gardening, but you just can’t keep doing it the old way.
The tools you’ve used for years are getting harder and harder to manage. Getting down on the ground to weed and prune is easier than getting back up. The joy and satisfaction you’ve come to cherish from your gardening experience is being overshadowed by the compromises you’ve had to make. I demonstrate tools I have adapted at home for pennies on the dollar, as well as new ergonomic tools on the market. I explain changes you can make to your garden to make it safer and more comfortable to maintain, as well as methods of managing your garden that can revitalize your approach to gardening. It is possible to continue to have the garden of your dreams and I can show you how.
You know there must be ways to prevent the pain and injuries you’ve endured. 

Your grip is not as sturdy as it used to be and your pruning doesn’t have quite the same snap. At the end of a day of gardening, your body lets you know you’ve pushed it too far. Your tools are still in good shape, so why make a change? In my seminars, I show gardeners how little adjustments here and there can make a significant difference in what you can accomplish with a fraction of the impact on your body. It is time to give your body a break, and I have just the tools to do it. 

You’re ready to get creative about finding work-arounds to maximize your experience in the garden. 

Talk about sweat equity! You invest your time in your garden. You invest care and labor. And you’ve invested money in plants, planters, watering systems, fertilizers and more. Getting the most out of your investments just requires a few creative tweaks. I bring thirty years of experience in the gardening industry to my seminars, my videos, and my garden parties. I think you’ll be surprised at how little it may take to bring back the joy and ease to your gardening experience.



"Your presentation was excellent and I heard that from more than one person as I was leaving. You were sensitive to our "senior" needs without condescension, and what's more, you made us want to get up and get out there in the dirt!”                    

 - Loulie H. Sutro – President of the Board of Directors of Marin Villages

"Wonderful presentation... such valuable and practical information for our aging group! You made it possible for those who are experiencing difficulty to continue to pursue nature’s beauty. It was a blessing, thank you very much!”

- Arlene Henry

"Getting older doesn’t mean we have to stop doing what we love. With the pain and frustration now in my rear view mirror, I fully intend to garden gracefully until I drop, hopefully in a bed of lavender."

– Karen Anderson  Valley of the Moon Garden Club

The information gave hope and inspiration to never stop enjoying the things in life that we love, regardless of age or mobility.    
            - Beatrice Ross, Mill Valley Senior Center


Thank you so much for today’s presentation.  You are a knowledgeable and engaging speaker and you held your audience’s attention expertly.

-       Patricia Locke, Marin Master Gardeners


Great pace, excellent energy, positive and upbeat.  Well done!!! Bravo!!!

            -Suzanne Bontempo, Plant Harmony, Our Water Our World


You gave so many great suggestions for making gardening easier – it was much appreciated.

            - Terry Arnold, Margaret Todd Senior Center


Excellent presentation! Great ideas – loved the discussion on adapted tools.  Gardening can be an ageless pursuit. 
            - Janet Moore, Ross Valley Garden Club


I loved how you engaged the group, made a relationship with all us gardeners and gave some interesting information. I give you a thumb's up. 
            –Sharon Howard, Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club


You Can Garden for Life! …with Adaptive Gardening  (1 hour)

Sooner or later, it happens to all of us… That moment when you realize you have a ‘new normal’ of what you can no longer comfortably or safely do in your garden. If you are one of millions of gardeners who silently wonder: “How long can I keep this up?” because you have painful physical limitations, this seminar can be a life-changer for you.
With 78 million Baby Boomers becoming seniors and millions more in all age groups that suffer from limited mobility issues, this informative ‘how-to’ Adaptive Gardening seminar delivers dozens of tips, tools and techniques that can help. My goal is to inspire gardeners to adapt; to look for a better way, and be more resilient when your body doesn’t work the same way it used to, so you can garden for life.
The Moveable Feast | Growing Edibles in Containers  (1 hour)
Gardeners love growing their veggies and salad greens in containers because they are so much easier to plant and maintain than traditional garden beds. The good news is that most edibles are super happy growing in containers. You can transform your decks, patios and balconies by grouping interesting containers for a feast of color and visual punch.
Containers are ultimately moveable so you can capture more sun as it changes from season to season. And speaking of moving, your body will be so much happier because you can tend and harvest your edible feast without bending over.




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Margaret Souza from Alameda, California - 02/24/2019 17:57:05

Toni spoke to our Alameda Garden Club on her expertise, Adaptive Gardening. Ways to make gardening easier as we age. We learned helpful and pertinent ideas and techniques, from altering garden height to utilizing various tools. She was enthusiastic, positive and encouraging, showing us ways we can garden for life, not harder just smarter! A most informative lecture.

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Natalie DiGrazi from San Jose, CA - 11/17/2018 13:19:26

Toni's presentation was lively and very informative. Our garden club members are at an age where her information on adapting our approach to gardening was very valuable. She is an excellent speaker.

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Great Program for our Garden Club

Rosemary Miller from Novato, CA - 10/18/2018 18:47:50

The Novato Garden Club enthusiastically welcomed Toni's program on Gardening for Life. Our members enjoyed her lively presentation, and found many helpful hints for gardening, along with tools and adaptations she suggested. We highly recommend her as a speaker.