Naming ideas please!

No, no new babies on the way here.

I’m in need of a business name under which I can do a wee bit of horticultural consulting. A greenhouse business saw my CV on Seek and contacted me to see if I could help them with a bit of technical stuff, and I’ve decided to try a foray into the consulting world.

As an American, of course my first concern is about liability. We’re so paranoid about this, compared to the “she’ll be right” attitude the Kiwis adopt. To keep liability in bounds I need to set up a proper business, with a name and a tax ID. The mechanics are actually quite easy in NZ, but the naming I’m finding very difficult. So I’m turning to crowd sourcing. I’d love to hear your ideas, good, bad or otherwise.

Here are the parameters:

The name needs to be broad enough that I can work in various sectors, from greenhouse, vegetables, and berries to soils and field crops.

It also needs to be broad enough to take in not only diagnostics and pest control, but also horticultural practices like fertilizing, pruning, water management, etc.

I want use a collaborative approach to problem solving–observe and listen well, understand the business and people well, and make recommendations that are a good fit for them. Pragmatic, practical solutions.

I don’t want my personal name in the business name.

I wish I could come up with an English word that means the same as the Greek “phronesis,” ‘a type of wisdom that’s relevant to practical action.’ But naming a NZ business a Greek name sounds a bit….pretentious.

Here are a couple ideas I’ve come up with; I’d welcome your reactions and ideas for others.

  • PlantAble
  • Plantly Speaking (pun on Practically Speaking)
  • Plant Talk
  • Others?

5 thoughts on “Naming ideas please!

  1. Hi Molly –
    Sounds like an interesting adventure and one that you seem well suited to. I wish you blessing and success in it. My thought was that since the word Horticulture covers all the areas you are prepared to consult on it might be well to use it in the name since it seems reasonable to assume that people needing your services would use that word for searching to find you. Also, keeping it simple also expedites the search. Horticultural Consultation sounds good to me šŸ™‚ .
    I’m hoping this finds you and family doing well and content in your adopted homeland. We love you and think of you often.
    Joanne

    • Thanks for all your ideas!
      I’ve decided on “Cultivate Plant Solutions,” not punny or particularly creative but hopefully conveying soundness and sensibility.

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