Frequently Asked Questions
DO I HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT GARDENER TO DO THIS?
Not at all. Most of us enjoy some aspect of gardening- houseplants, herbs, cut flowers,
containers, composting, lawn care, however, it is not a requirement to be a part of The
Happy Gardener. Independent Garden Consultants are trained with product knowledge
which you will provide to your customers during presentations and/or one-on-one
HOW MUCH COMMISSION DO I EARN?
Independent Garden Consultants earn a base commission of 20-30% on orders with host
rewards and a base commission of 30% on wholesale orders. You also earn royalties on
team members ranging from 5-10% based on rank and bonus requirements.
DO I KEEP INVENTORY?
No. The only products you order from The Happy Gardener are those that have been
already ordered and paid for by your customers.
ARE THERE ANY SALES REQUIREMENTS TO STAY ACTIVE?
$200 in retail sales each calendar quarter is our only sales requirement to remain in active
HOW DO MY CUSTOMERS PAY WITH CREDIT?
The Happy Gardener processes all of your customers’ credit cards for you.
HOW CAN I FIT THG INTO MY ALREADY BUSY SCHEDULE?
Many of us have children, a full-time job and/or various activities that require time. Your
business with The Happy Gardener can be as flexible as you need it to be. You decide
when to work and how often. You set your own business goals alongside your other
HOW DO I MARKET MY THG BUSINESS?
We offer a variety of marketing options for men and women to choose which works best
for them and their personal business goals. Our main marketing strategies include
educational presentations, booth events, in-home demonstrations, internet, commercial
accounts, and fundraising. Garden Consultants also market our products and services at
local farmer’s markets, environmental events, and educational, health and wellness
IS THIS BUSINESS SEASONAL?
The Happy Gardener has found it effective to present for the season: Spring is when our
new product line comes out and everyone is excited about getting in the garden and using
our organics for their lawn and garden care; Summer is when we focus on our container
gardening line for outdoor entertaining and our organic and garden maintenance
products; Fall is extremely busy for us with imported bulbs, organic lawn care and
holiday shopping; Winter is full of birding demonstrations, composting, indoor forcing
bulbs and preparing for getting back out in the garden. Our most popular presentation,
Earth-Friendly for Life, is appropriate for any time of the year.
WILL THERE BE TRAININGS?
All new consultants participate in our New Consultant Training conference call to learn
how to get your new business started with getting organized, setting business goals,
choosing marketing strategies, and how to earn your Stepping Stone products. Everyone
is encouraged to join our monthly team meetings for continued support and training. Also
available are numerous training CDs and recorded calls that are accessible 24/7 so you
can fit your training into your schedule. We also provide ongoing specialized trainings
with industry experts- we keep on learning!
THG IS A NEW BUSINESS- SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?
The Happy Gardener has been working directly with the Direct Selling Association
(DSA) to make sure we are in compliance with all federal regulations and policies. We
received full DSA membership in June 2005. We have also been awarded the DSA 2006
Vision for Tomorrow Award and were a finalist for the Education for Life Award in 2006
and 2007. The Happy Gardener has been featured in publications such as Prevention
Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, has been named as an AOL Top 10 Work from
Home Business, and our founder and independent consultants have been guests on radio
shows and interviewed for many magazine/newspaper articles. This recognition is proof
that we are doing what’s right and we are moving forward as the trailblazer within the
gardening direct sales industry.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Simply go to the Business Opportunity page of our web site www.thehappygardener.info.
You will see (3) kits to choose from. Purchase 1 or more kits, download the Consultant
Agreement, and fax it to 540-872-3572. Your Garden Consultant status will then be
activated. When you receive your Welcome Letter containing your GC Login access info
and training schedule, you are on your way to starting your exciting, new THG business!
If you have further questions, please contact us at 877-798-9280 or email us at