Everything Toni Gattone has done in her career has brought her to being a speaker and writer in the garden industry. Gardening is her first love and her presentations, which are inspiring, informational and humorous, demonstrate that passion.
Moving to Northern California in the 70’s, Toni began to tap back into the joy of gardening that had laid dormant since her grandfather’s backyard in Chicago. When she wasn’t pruning her roses, she worked for 3M Company and conducted public seminars in San Francisco. At one of those events in 1982, Toni was recruited to work for a thriving entrepreneurial communications company. For four years, she was a conducted and sold presentation skills to senior executives in corporate America.
She became a member of the National Speakers Association in 1983 and served on the Northern California Board of Directors as Program Chair for two years. Her first major speaking engagement was at the NSA annual convention where she delivered “The Power of Visual Presentations” to an audience of more than 500 professional speakers.
In 1990 Toni’s entrepreneurial spirit took over and she left the corporate world to start a sales organization in the wholesale garden industry. For the last twenty-six years she has managed up to a dozen sales associates selling home and garden accessories to nurseries and gift stores throughout the West.
Toni became a Marin Master Gardener in 2011. She was asked to co-chair their Public Seminars committee and in that capacity, she greatly expanded their community outreach to more than 45 seminars a year. Toni personally presented public seminars on Edible Landscaping and Growing Edibles in Containers.
Her newest seminar You Can Garden For Life! has been received with great enthusiasm from Master Gardeners, senior clubs, libraries, nurseries and horticultural societies. She is now a member of the Garden Writers Association.
In 2016, she is excited to be speaking at the country’s top three gardening events: The Northwest, Chicago and San Francisco Flower & Garden Shows.
"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
Toni is very adaptable! She went with the flow when the slide projector wasn’t working. She’s entertaining and informative. This is her passion.
-- Ellie Mitchell
Toni’s seminars last for an hour and everyone leaves with a plan for how they can adapt and stay gardening.
YOU CAN GARDEN FOR LIFE!
Toni Gattone’s educational, inspiring and humorous ‘how-to’ seminar was designed for senior and baby boomer gardeners, and it is also informative for children with senior parents who love to garden, and gardeners of any age who suffer from physical limitations that keep them from fully enjoying their gardens.
-Learn how to adapt your garden now, for the future
-Modify your garden to increase safety and comfort
-Discover easy ways to have a sustainable garden
-Save your back by converting to raised beds, containers and vertical gardens.
-Adapt your tools so they are more comfortable to use
-Develop mindfulness when and how you garden
-See a demonstration of smart ergonomic & adapted tools
THE MOVABLE FEAST: Growing Edibles In Containers
More people want to grow their own food to reduce cost and ensure their food is sustainably harvested. The good news is that you don’t need a dedicated vegetable garden with rows of edibles. You can arrange an artful collection of interested planters on your balcony or create a vertical garden tucked in among flower beds.
-Discover the joy of growing fruit, vegetables and herbs even if you only have a small deck or balcony.
-Learn creative ways to use unique containers for growing a wide range of edibles close to your kitchen for easy harvesting.
-Discover companion planting beneficial combinations of plants that help fight pests and increase yields.
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Mary Eiswerth from Monmouth, Oregon - 10/18/2016 12:30:48
Toni is professional, knowledgeable, and entertaining. Her presentation is a unique approach to issues we all face as we age. She spoke to a group of about 150 people, a combination of Master Gardeners and non Master Gardeners during a day long gardening festival. Toni delighted us all.
Lindsay Laven from Larkspur, CA - 01/19/2016 06:52:59
How often do you leave a one hour seminar feeling energized, with much more knowledge, and with a plan to get started improving your garden. Toni's presentation are fact-filled, interactive, and just plain fun. Look for her and attend her seminars whenever you can!
Bren Taylor from Novato, CA - 06/28/2015 20:29:53
I attended one of Toni's recent presentations in Novato. I really appreciated her take on finding ways to keep moving forward with what you love no matter the limitation. Works for gardening. And works for life in general. Thanks Toni!