The Design Process
My job as a Garden Designer is to help you bring the garden of your dreams to life and because every garden and client are different the more closely we are able to work together the better the end result will be. I will tailor make a suitable solution to your specific garden needs, be it a complete makeover and design or perhaps you just need a few of those flowerbeds to be dealt with, re-designed or simply replanted. Although each garden project is different there is a process to follow which will take you from our initial meeting through the concept and planning stages and finally to the implementation and planting phase, eventually leaving you with a beautiful garden.
Garden Design Planning
I will arrange to meet at a convenient time and place for a preliminary chat where we can get to know each other and for you to see my portfolio. We will discuss your project and brief to me, that is your ideas and thoughts for your garden giving me a feel for the type of design / garden you would like. This will be the time for me to take the first look at the site and photograph it, from which I can begin formulating my proposal and preliminary designs.
After our initial meeting I will put everything in writing, detailing your brief to me, my approach to delivering it, the stages and services involved, and a breakdown of my fees. If you are happy with the proposal and wish to proceed we sign an agreement between us. Every project is unique and outlined below are a number of services and stages that may be applicable to your project.
Site Survey and Analysis
A detailed survey of the site, including all dimensions and positions of existing structures and plants will be done. A soil analysis will be taken particularly looking at the pH of the soil which will influence the choice of plants. Most importantly this is my opportunity to become familiar with the space and factors such as aspect, light, wind exposure, drainage and the surrounding environment.
With all the facts established the exciting design phase can begin. An overall Master Plan with visuals will be developed, particular to your brief, detailing proposed areas of planting, structures and hard-landscaping. Together we will review this plan and fine tune any changes or additions which you may want to make. Once the Master Plan is agreed on we will move into the final detailed planning of the garden.
A detailed planting design can be drawn up if required, showing the plants chosen, how many and where the plants will be placed in the garden. It is vital to follow the principle of ‘right plant, right place’ so that those chosen will thrive and look their best. I will select the right plant varieties for your type of garden and I will ensure that together they provide all year round interest. The planting plan will be accompanied by a full plant list and will be sourced from nurseries that provide quality plants.
When needed I may produce construction drawings of proposed hard-landscaping to required specifications. I work with accredited specialist contractors when required while I manage every aspect of the project through to completion. Alternatively, should you choose to put the project out to tender, I can produce full tender and specification documents for quotation purposes.
This is the first step to making the project come alive, the implementation of the solid objects, paving, water features, fencing or whatever non-organic elements you have chosen for your garden. This is also the stage at which an irrigation system and lighting can be installed.
This exciting stage begins with soil improvement by adding organic manures or other soil improvers which will give all the new plants the best conditions for stabilizing and optimum growth. All plants will be delivered directly to site where I will place and plant them.
I can offer a full project management service for a fee. This includes overseeing all contarctors on site and works being carried out throughout the project. This would be a service to consider should you wish to put the construction works out to tender.
Your beautiful garden has now been created and it is important to recognise the value of a good maintenance program. I can tailor make a maintenance program for your garden, which will guide you in understanding how to keep everything looking its best throughout the year.
Mission complete, settle down to your garden, a beautiful, rewarding, peaceful and enjoyable extension to your space at home, in the work place, around your recreational zone or wherever that may be.