There are several steps involved in the design of a garden, however not all projects follow the same process as each garden is different.
The steps below outline a typical garden design project. If you require a particular part of this process please let us know.
We will arrange a meeting to discuss your initial thoughts and requirements of your new garden. We will show you our portfolio of previous work and also discuss the next steps involved in the process. We do not charge for this meeting and it gives you the chance to get to know the designer you will be working with.
Your designer will visit the site and take lots of pictures and notes, along with any basic measurements required in order to quote on the design.
After this meeting we will write to you detailing our discussion, the next steps, our services and fees involved.
If you decide to proceed we will arrange a suitable date to visit again to run through your brief.
Concept Plan, Mood Board, Master Plan & Project Monitoring
Briefing, Survey & Site Analysis
A one hour briefing session at your house / garden will be undertaken to discuss your specific requirements. We will ask you to complete a short questionnaire so we understand your needs and wants from your new garden.
Next, we will survey the site to ensure your new design fits perfectly into your garden. This will either be done by our professional surveyor or for more simple sites, by the designer.
A site analysis will be undertaken to determine the soil condition and PH, garden aspect and external considerations that could affect the design.
This visit also enables the designer to really get to know the site and understand how you will use the garden.
It is essential we gain as much information from you as possible at this stage in order for us to really understand your requirements.
Planting plan, Plant Sourcing & Setting Out
A concept plan will be drawn up and a meeting arranged to present and discuss this with you. The plan will outline the main shapes, features and overall feel of the garden. It will give you a good idea of how the garden will work for you. Amendments and alterations can be made at this stage.
Once the concept has been agreed, mood boards and the final master plan will be produced and presented to you. If you require 3D visuals to be produced to help you visualise your new garden this can also be presented at this time.
Should the contract be going out to tender to a range of landscape contractors, we can prepare the relevant design documentation and oversee the tender process.
Alternatively, we can introduce you to APL (The Association of Professional Landscapers) and BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) registered landscapers who we work with.
If required we can also monitor the works in progress with regular site visits. This is a very important part of the process, as often last minute design decisions need to be made on site as the project develops.
If you decide to proceed further, we can produce a complete planting plan and plant sourcing service for you.
The planting plan will outline plant varieties, numbers and spacing. The plan will illustrate the correct position for each plant based on its growing requirements, colour pallette and the intended theme.
We can also source and select good quality plants from a small number of specialist trade nurseries.
Once the plants arrive on site we can set them out in their correct position and arrange for them to be planted for you if required.
Once your plants are in place you can decide if you would like us to provide information regarding the maintenance and up keep of your new garden.