One of the compelling counterarguments to hiring a gardener is that the home-owner actually enjoys gardening. Hiring a gardener would be like hiring someone to do your hobby for you, right? It's a good point when it comes to the enthusiast, but the one thing that gardening enthusiasts can forget is that it's sometimes good to get a second opinion on your garden. In other words, you're not asking a gardener to take the reins from you, but more that you're getting their expert opinion on the current state of your gardening ideas right now, and what direction you COULD take your garden in. Of course, why stop at one gardener? You could simply call up a number of them, and invite them over (at your expense, of course) and be up front that this is a consultation and your soliciting their experience and wisdom only.
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