Plant Consulting

Meet your plant consultant - Rachel 

Rachel Okell is a horticulturist and teacher offering plant consulting and related services on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia. Her goal is to help people to be successful with plants, by arming them with the knowledge & support they need.

Rachel specialises in plant selection and plant care, meaning she can assist in choosing the right plants for your space and lifestyle, so you can enjoy your own green sanctuary. 

What is a plant consult?

Let me help you create a green space you will love. Whether it be adding plants to a new space or taking care of your existing plant collection. 

If it's a new space, I'll ask you questions related to the area you'd like to plant out, like; sunlight, climate & size of the space. I'll also ask you about your lifestyle, desire for upkeep & functionality for your family & pets. I'll then select plants that I think fit within these requirements and offer you a detailed list.

For your existing plant collection we can discuss any problems you're facing, details on how to manage pests, repotting and rearranging your plants. Plus, which are the best plants to add to your collection.

I also offer additional services including; plant sourcing, design & installation. I work with you to style, offer advice & help you create and enjoy your green sanctuary.

What kind of plants? 

I love tropical and indoor plants and they are my specialty. I have a huge collection myself so I can share real life experiences. 

I work as a teacher and in a garden centre & nursery, so I'm familiar with a wide range of plants suitable for our climate; from hedges, ornamentals, plants for the shade and the sun, plus my absolute favourite, tropicals & houseplants! 

What is involved?

I'll help you select the right plants for your space & care for the ones you already have

in three easy steps:

  1. Contact me to book your appointment.
  2. One hour on site visit with advice and assistance. 
  3. Plant recommendations provided to you with a list of plants. 

So what does it all cost? 

Initial consultations are charged from $200.00 including the one hour visit and travel. Additional charges may apply (outside 20km from Gosford, over time etc). Further services such as: a detailed report about the plants we discuss, planting design or mapping, plant sourcing, and planting installation can be quoted pending the scope of the work. I work with you and your budget so we can create your green sanctuary. 

Not ready to book yet? Keep in touch by following me on social media :


Rachel came to our site and was professional and courteous in every way. Her advice was precise and appropriate and there was no "upsell". Highly recommend her for small or large jobs.

Bruce Bennett - Ourimbah NSW

Is a one hour consult enough?

It's your choice, we can spend one hour together or longer. As a guide, one hour should be sufficient time for a small suburban garden or an indoor space. If you think you have a larger area or multiple spaces or projects we can discuss these prior to booking. 

To ensure you get the most bang for your buck, I will leave you with a list of the plants that are suitable for your space, so you won't forget anything I share. 

And remember, I can always come back if you need more help!