The Initial Meeting
At our initial meeting I will look at your garden and listen carefully to your ideas, including what you like, and what you don't. We discuss all the perceived problems, your tastes, requirements and budget, so that I can formulate a brief. I can show you a portfolio of completed gardens, with 'before' and 'after' photos and plans. You may require all or just some of the plans set out below. Subsequently I will provide you with a written quotation for the proposed design work.
The Site Analysis
An accurate survey of the existing garden is needed before any designing can take place. This is undertaken either by myself, or in the case of larger or more complex sites, a land surveyor. It indicates the house, boundaries, existing features and plants to be retained. I will also consider the views, surroundings, neighbouring gardens, soil, weather conditions and available light. Based on all of these factors, I will draw up a Concept Design.
The Concept Design
This takes into account the site analysis and the ideas we discussed. There will be a sketch plan and additional illustrations, and at our next meeting we can talk through the ideas and agree any changes or modifications. This could include decisions about type of paving, level changes and planting.
The Master Plan
The final garden design consists of an individual hand drawn and coloured Masterplan, together with artist's impressions and supporting visuals to show you how the final garden will look.
The Layout Plan
This is the dimensioned plan that a landscape contractor uses to cost, set out and build the garden. Construction drawings of specific garden structures, water features or hard surfaces may be required and will accompany the Layout Plan.
The Planting Plan
This shows the location and spacing of all the plants, both new and existing, in the design. The plants are carefully chosen for their suitability to the soil, amount of sun or exposure, and their association with each other. An accompanying Schedule lists the plant names, sizes and quantities and is used for costing, ordering and setting out the plants.
After the garden has been constructed I am able to source and carefully select all the plants for your garden. They will be delivered and set out for planting either by you, or I if you prefer I can organise the planting. I can also prepare maintenance guidelines to ease you gently into caring for your new garden.