1. Garden design consultation
Booking a garden design consultation is a great way to get started, whether you’re considering a full garden makeover or just looking for some fresh ideas.
I will listen carefully to your ideas and hear about what you love about your garden – and what you’d like to change. I’ll walk around your garden and assess it from a design perspective, looking at the possibilities and limitations of the site, considering aspect, levels, soil structure and access. We’ll talk about how you use the garden, and the particular style or feel you would like to create. If it’s a family garden, we’ll involve everyone: it’s vital that the garden has the scope to engage everyone, and to grow with changing needs. If you have any images of gardens or planting styles that you would like to include in the design process, this is the perfect time to share them.
I will bring along my portfolio and explain the garden design process, so you have a full understanding of the stages involved. If you would like to progress to one of my other services, we can talk through how these would work. Following the meeting, I will draw up a brief for the design of the garden based on our discussions, along with a quote for the design services required.
2. Survey and site analysis
A site survey and analysis is necessary to record all of the relevant information to consider in the design, and to produce a scale plan of your garden.
The survey and site analysis involve measuring and photographing the site, and noting its characteristics: these include setting, levels, soil type, drainage, aspect, light and shade, views and existing plants. The wider environment – including local building styles, habitats and native plants – is also assessed. This survey provides an accurate basis for the design stages.
A large or complicated site may require a chartered surveyor.
3. Outline plan
The outline plan is the design proposal, based on the brief. It shows the overall layout of the garden, and the relationship between hard landscape and planted areas.
It also includes indications of materials and planting styles, and a moodboard is supplied. We will discuss this plan, and come to decisions on construction details such as paving and other materials which will be included in the next phase. Once the outline plan is approved, detailed design work will start.
4. Presentation plan
The design will combine the aesthetic and practical
considerations outlined in the brief to make the most of your outside space. To help you visualise your new garden, views from different angles can be created.
5. Project management
If you would like to the project to go out to tender, I can prepare a specification document outlining the precise work to be undertaken, such as the construction methods and materials to be used. This will be sent to the contractors along with the design, contract documentation and any other relevant drawings so they can quote for the work on an equal basis.
Once you have chosen your contractor and the build gets underway, you can opt for me to make regular site visits to ensure the landscapers and other professionals deliver your garden as planned.
Detailed planting plans are drawn up for each area of your garden, together with a plant schedule which can be used as a basis for pricing up and ordering. I can design a planting scheme to work with the growing conditions of your garden, complement the design, provide year-round interest and create the atmosphere you desire. Planting schemes can include both ornamental and productive plants for borders, and vegetable gardens.
I can also supply carefully chosen, high quality plants and plant them for you.