Gardening is a great way to relax, but it can also be really boring. Thankfully, you don’t have to stand around with your hands in your pockets while your plants grow. Instead, why not try talking to the person who tends them? Gardening is a very social activity, and if you can find something that connects both of you—like a shared love of gardening or an interest in sports—you’ll have something to talk about right away! Once you’ve found this common ground, there are plenty more topics that will come up naturally between two people who have enough in common to keep the conversation going: weather forecasts; the best time of year for planting certain crops; whether or not bugs are ruining their gardens (they probably are).
- Say hello.
- When your gardener is working in your yard, or when you see him/her walking through the neighborhood, say hello. You might even be able to ask them how they are doing and chat with them a bit before going inside or getting back into your car.
- This is especially important if you live in an apartment building where many residents hire the same personal services professionals (i.e., landscapers, cleaners). It’s easy for things like this to become routine and impersonal, so try to set yourself apart by being friendly whenever possible!
The first step to starting a conversation with your gardener is saying hello. There are a few ways to do this:
- You can say, “Hello! My name is…” and then introduce yourself.
- You can also use the gardener’s name as a conversation starter by saying something like, “Hey, [name]. How are you today?”
In either of these situations, it’s important not to forget the other person’s name and to say it clearly before continuing on with the rest of your sentence.
Find a common ground.
As you start talking to your gardener, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
First, while it’s important to talk about your interests, don’t be pushy. If the gardener doesn’t share them with you, move on and find other common ground instead. Remember that it’s not always easy for people to start conversations with others—you should never make someone feel uncomfortable or pressured just because they haven’t opened up yet.
Second, try asking questions rather than making statements when possible. You might have a great gardening idea or tip that could help out your landscaper; however, if he hasn’t expressed any interest in hearing about it yet (or hasn’t brought up anything related), then it’s best just not bringing it up at all until he does! Try focusing instead on activities like going out for lunch together or taking walks around the neighborhood when time permits during work hours.”
Ask about the gardener’s day
- Ask about the gardener’s day.
- Ask about family.
- Ask about weather.
- Ask what they did the day before.
- Find out their favorite color and find a way to bring it up in conversation (e.g., ask if they like flowers because you’re thinking of planting some).
- Find out their favorite food, then ask what kind of food you should plant for them to eat (e.g., spinach or zucchini).
- Find out their favorite movie and ask what kind of movies you should rent for them to watch while they work in your backyard (e.g., action movies with lot of explosions).
Offer the gardener some water.
Next, offer the gardener some water. If it’s hot out and you’re both sweating, handing over a bottle of water will be appreciated. If it’s cold outside and your gardener is shivering, a cup of hot chocolate or other warm beverage might do the trick. If it’s raining, offering an umbrella is always useful—and if there are strong winds whipping her hair around her face while she plants flowers in the ground, pass along that raincoat you’ve been holding onto since last winter.
If it’s raining, offer the gardener an umbrella or a raincoat.
If it’s raining and your gardener is outside, go ahead and offer her an umbrella or a raincoat. If you don’t have one to give her, she’ll probably be happy to share yours.
If it’s raining, don’t hesitate to offer your gardener an umbrella or a raincoat!
Say hello when you see your gardener.
- Say hello when you see your gardener.
- If you are not sure what to say, just say hello.
- If you are not sure what to say, ask how their day is going.
- If you are not sure what to say, ask about their family.
It’s important to remember that your gardener isn’t just someone who comes and goes. A good relationship with your gardener can make life so much easier, especially when you need help with things like weeding or planting flowers. So don’t be afraid to ask questions, get them involved in the garden, and even offer them a drink of water!