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Gardener Service - v2.3 (4th May 2014)

by douglasveiga Posted 3rd Nov 2011 at 9:14 AM - Updated 5th May 2014 at 12:25 AM by douglasveiga
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.


This mod allows you to request a Gardener from any Telephone (not Mobile) to take care of your Garden. Just click on the Interaction "Call Gardener > Request Service" from the any telephone.

It's a "Recurrent Service" like the Maid so, once requested, the Gardener comes everyday at 8AM and leaves at 6PM.
If there are more than 50 gardening tasks, will come 2 Gardeners.

What he Does???
  • Water (also control the Sprinklers to reduce the tasks)
  • Weed
  • Harvest (automatically transfers to the "Home Fridge" (if it's edible) or the "Shared Family Inventory" (not edible))
  • Dispose Dead Plants
  • Rake Leaves (this functionality only works if you have Seasons EP)
  • [new]You can request the Service on additional Lots you own.
  • It's possible to configure the Tasks: Enable/Disable (Water, Weed, Revive, Harvest, Fertilize, Dispose, Rake Leaves);
  • Fertilize (25% of the plants with random Quality)
  • Revive Dead Plants (not Barren Plants)

The Harvested Products will be automatically transferred to the "Home Fridge" (if it's edible) or the "Shared Family Inventory" (if isn't edible).


- Cancel Reset the Service using the Telephone (not Mobile) interaction "Call Gardener > Cancel Reset Service", wait until the gardeners leave.
-Save your game and Quit.
-Replace the package File with the new downloaded File, so restart your game and request the Service again.

Uninstall Instruction:
-To avoid corruption of the Saved Game:
- Cancel Reset the Service using the Telephone (not Mobile) interaction "Call Gardener > Cancel Reset Service", wait until the gardeners leave.
- Save your game and Quit.
- Remove the package file.

Known Issues:
- The gardener can't garden if you have a locked gate in your Garden.
- Don't try to cheat/modify the npc using mods. (example: change his age or behavior, or add him to your family, etc).

Frequently Answers and Questions:


before update, read the UPDATE INSTRUCTIONS above
04/May/2014 - v2.3
  • Recompiled the code for the basegame patch v1.67;
  • Performance improvement in the Harvest Interaction;

15/Jan/2014 - v2.2
  • Now you can't request the Gardener Service from the Future BaseCamp;
  • Recompiled the code to match the patch 1.63 and 1.66;

07/Sept/2013 - v2.1
  • Added: The Gardener will automatically Water, Weed, Dispose Plants and Rake Leaves before leave the Lot to guarantee the basic service was performed.

15/July/2013 - v2.0
  • Added: You can request the Service on additional Lots you own.
  • Changed: Configuration can be individually applied for each Lot.
  • Changed: Social enabled.
  • Added: "Take All" interaction on the "Harvest Report" to automatically transfer all the harvestable to the active sim Inventory.
  • Added: "Reset Service" Interaction to dispose the Gardener Instance and service requests of the current World.
  • Fixed: The Service instance won't be available on others Worlds if you load it in the same Session.
  • Fixed: When you load the World, the script will try to remove invalid Gardener Instance [This can happen when you didn't cancel it before update].
  • Fixed: Rake Interaction. Rake a square area instead of a rectangle.
  • Fixed: The Gardener will Teleport to your Houseboat instead of Route [Performance reason].
  • Removed: Revive, Fertilize Plants functionality [Performance reason].
  • Removed: Gardeners don't teleport anymore.
  • Added: Italian translation [by nicodeb]

Additional Credits / Thanks:
-Sim Outfit editor/creator Tool from "CmarNYC" MTS;
-"Maeldor" MTS (script help);
-"Twallan" MTS (script help);
-"hotroxy777" MTS (Polish Translation);
-"HaWe83" MTS (German Translation)
-"Demagog MTS" (Russian Translation) ;
-"NumSimish MTS" (Dan_DK Translation);
-"nicodeb MTS" (Italian Translation);

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Built with Game Version: 1.50
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Gardener_service_NPC_v2.3.rar | for Patch v1.67

Size: 46.4 KB · Downloads: 57,123 · 5th May 2014
46.4 KB 57,123 5th May 2014
Gardener_service_NPC_v2.2.rar | for Patch v1.63 ~ v1.66

Size: 46.3 KB · Downloads: 10,465 · 15th Jan 2014
46.3 KB 10,465 15th Jan 2014
Gardener_service_NPC_v2.1.rar | for Patch v1.54 ~ v1.63

Size: 46.7 KB · Downloads: 10,572 · 7th Sep 2013
46.7 KB 10,572 7th Sep 2013
Gardener_service_NPC_v2.0.rar | for Patch v1.54 ~ v1.55

Size: 47.0 KB · Downloads: 6,498 · 16th Jul 2013
47.0 KB 6,498 16th Jul 2013
Gardener_service_NPC_v1.9.rar | for Patch v1.50

Size: 44.3 KB · Downloads: 7,528 · 7th Apr 2013
44.3 KB 7,528 7th Apr 2013
Gardener_service_NPC_v1.8.rar | for Patch v1.50

Size: 44.2 KB · Downloads: 2,928 · 27th Mar 2013
44.2 KB 2,928 27th Mar 2013
Gardener_service_NPC_v1.7.rar | for Patch v1.50

Size: 41.6 KB · Downloads: 4,530 · 2nd Mar 2013
41.6 KB 4,530 2nd Mar 2013
Gardener_service_NPC_v1.6.rar | for Patch v1.42 ~ v1.48

Size: 41.6 KB · Downloads: 13,768 · 1st Dec 2012
41.6 KB 13,768 1st Dec 2012
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
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Test Subject
#726 Old 20th Jul 2015 at 12:18 PM
Gardener Service - Phone
Originally Posted by samantha.b
i can't either. maybe it doesn't work

Same here..
#727 Old 22nd Jul 2015 at 12:49 PM
Originally Posted by PorcelainMelody
Same here..

And you did what?
Test Subject
#728 Old 2nd Aug 2015 at 5:02 PM
Большое спасибо за мод!)
Test Subject
#729 Old 7th Aug 2015 at 8:41 AM Last edited by PorcelainMelody : 10th Aug 2015 at 11:14 AM. Reason: Not working mod
Something Went WRONG!


  • I also tried it past back in the mods
    - but still the same/not working - it
    doesn't appear in the phone's menu.
  • It did work with the base game and with
    a few expansion packs.
  • What I installed yesterday:
    • MesterS. Stuff
    • Outdoor L. Stuff
    • World Adv.
    • Into the Future
  • Than I checked my mods in the game - I
    noticed some replacements didn't showing up
    so I repasted my 'Mods' & 'Overrides' folder
  • This solved the problem for many packages. But not all.

~ Sorry for shouting..
Originally Posted by PorcelainMelody
Same here..

Now mine works finally, I reinstalled the game and currently I have only the base game, (patched to the Latest up-s)
AAND - The Gardener Came! The gardener Worked, and The Gardener Left!
I'm so, so happy now, Thanks for this Amazing mod!!

× × ×
Test Subject
#730 Old 16th Nov 2015 at 12:26 AM
thank you
Test Subject
#731 Old 22nd Nov 2015 at 7:59 PM Last edited by ki4ki_b : 22nd Nov 2015 at 8:06 PM. Reason: more info
Love this better than sliced bread.....
I have no issues with this mod.
I have WA,seasons,generations,ambitions,LN,High end lofts, townlife.
I do not have the Future game, which people have said they have issues with and this mod, but I do have WA and it works fine - he comes, he tends, he stores it all and he leaves.... awesome sauce!!!
Test Subject
#732 Old 29th Jan 2016 at 7:02 PM
Thank you so much!
Test Subject
#733 Old 30th Jan 2016 at 10:01 AM
This is great. I can use it on my bigger farms. Thanks
Test Subject
#734 Old 9th Feb 2016 at 1:10 PM
have all EP/SP on 1.67, works great.

Could you make a version where we can select the number of gardeners we want to hire? would be a nice addition, perhaps a wheel selection (1, 2, 4, 6) ? I make some pretty large gardens and even with two gardeners helping a family of 4 tend the garden, everything doesn't get done before they leave.
Lab Assistant
#735 Old 25th Mar 2016 at 9:56 AM
Would it be possible for the gardener NPC to be full-time, like your housekeeper service?

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: "It might have been."
.:The Cove:.
Test Subject
#736 Old 4th Apr 2016 at 8:08 PM
Thank you so much! I love this mod, too bad I don't have any gardens
Lab Assistant
#737 Old 9th May 2016 at 8:35 PM
pizza delivery has disappeared
Test Subject
#738 Old 25th May 2016 at 8:09 PM
Test Subject
#739 Old 28th May 2016 at 5:25 PM
Test Subject
#740 Old 29th Jun 2016 at 1:25 AM Last edited by JagaTelesin : 29th Jun 2016 at 11:38 PM.
Possible bug:

S3 Patch level:
Expansions: All except University

Detail: Gardener(s) will tend the garden features as configured. Death flowers get deposited in Family Inventory correctly. Money Bags will be 'stolen' by the service sim (i.e. - not placed in Family Inventory). I just witnessed it with my own eyes on a perfect money tree. Waited ~15 sim minutes after he gave the produce report and left, and checked every container in the house (both the fridge, and custom containers). Was also not in the active sim's inventory (only 1 sim in the household), and as indicated not in family inventory.

No idea how many countless thousands of Simoleons they've cost me. At this point I might have to terminate their employment.

I do use dozens of other mods, but none that affect money trees, money bags, etc. I have never had an issue growing a money tree myself, or harvesting them properly.

Edit/Update (6/29/2016): Just tried another test and left the gardener one (1) money tree to harvest instead of four (4). This time he worked properly and deposited the four money bags into family inventory. I can only assume that too many trees, too many harvestable bags, or a bad game state was to blame. Going to keep giving them more trees each time to see where the break point might be.

--= J
#741 Old 15th Aug 2016 at 5:07 PM Last edited by AngieMFAK77 : 3rd Dec 2016 at 5:30 AM.
Seems to be no option to hire from phone on 1:69 patch.
(EA CS made me update when I didn't want to!)

Edit* My bad - I realised it wasn't a "dial-up" option to hire but a "click on phone for option", option.
It's working fine.
#742 Old 17th Nov 2016 at 6:31 AM
I'm using Nraas register to remove a lot of the random sims 3 game spawns. Does the gardener come from a service pool? I can't seem to find the hire option when calling from the home phone.
Test Subject
#743 Old 21st Apr 2017 at 9:11 PM
this mod is very awesome,, and the only one gardener mod in whole world. BUT, unfortunately doest work with me. i've tried everything, but no option shows in my lined phone. darn,,, i really want it tho. so i searched for days to find the solution,, and : haha.. i find one.

my condition : no awesome/nraas/mastercontroller installed in my game. SP+EP installed till master suite. my base patch 1.67. the only mod i hv is cc for sim's appearance (eyes,clothes,face).

what i did :
1. clean all caches :


2. and the MOST IMPORTANT step is :
put "resources.cfg" into your : The Sims 3/Mods
(not inside the Packages folder!)

you can download it here :
if you do it right, there will be message appears on LogIn/Load save file menu, telling you the list of all your mods installed.

hope it helps all of you, coz it's very great mod i've found. no guarantee from me it works for everyone tho.
Test Subject
#744 Old 30th Aug 2017 at 3:19 PM
Late to the party here, but thanks for this great mod!
For those other late comers, I'm fully patched, have all expansions, and this gardener works great for me on Win 7, with Overwatch and StoryProgression. I would suggest carefully following the steps for mod installation (as well as what Maze.Seven posted here), and/or noting any caveats mentioned by other posters that have encountered quirks (see JagaTelesin's post).
Beyond that, this has now made gardening something I can enjoy without eating up the whole of my sim day.
Test Subject
#745 Old 31st Aug 2017 at 7:43 AM
Test Subject
#746 Old 4th Sep 2017 at 6:36 PM
Hello there. I have to say many thanks for creating this very needy mod to The Sims 3 game. Appreciate you ;*
#747 Old 12th Jan 2018 at 4:14 AM
thank u sooooooo much :)
Test Subject
#748 Old 6th Aug 2018 at 12:54 AM Last edited by Inanna the Banana : 6th Aug 2018 at 11:32 AM.
This mod is really good when the gardener actually shows up Sometimes they will show up if I reset the service but there's some neighborhoods where they just don't show up at all. Thanks for making anyway because this game really needed a gardener service!
Test Subject
#749 Old 8th Nov 2018 at 6:08 AM
I just downloaded this mod and my gardener wont show up. I've tried the reset option, made sure my game is up to date and nothing. It's past 8AM and nobody has shown up. I know the mod is downloaded correctly since the options are showing up to have the gardener come and I get the notification confirming they'll arrive at 8AM. Not sure what to do?
Lab Assistant
#750 Old 20th Feb 2019 at 3:42 AM
I can't get this to work, I clicked the house phone, but there's no gardner option.
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