The design service can run through a number of stages which might include the following key points, however, all projects differ as each client has specific needs for their garden. The process can be as simple or as complex as the client requires.
I will visit you at a date and time of your convenience, where we will discuss your garden, the brief and budgetary considerations. After which you will receive a written quotation based on the level of help you require, noting the specific process we will follow based on your particular needs and an estimated timescale.
The initial visit usually takes 1 hour and is free within a 30 mile radius of my base, LE14 2UG.
- Site survey
Upon acceptance of quotation, I will revisit the site and undertake a thorough site survey. This will enable me to observe important aspects in order to maximise the gardens full potential and will include the following:
Taking photographs and measurements, noting existing building materials, plotting boundaries and levels, marking access doors and important window views, noting services and accessibility, privacy requirements and noise levels, testing soil structure, texture and pH, aspect, prevailing wind direction and noting existing trees and mature shrubs which are to be retained.
For new builds where full architect plans are available, a scaled down survey is appropriate.
- Outline plans and sketches
After the survey, I will draw up simple concept sketches and will request a further meeting to view and discuss my recommendations. If you are satisfied with the proposed direction of these concept sketches, we will proceed with outline drawings. Initial design proposals are drawn in response to your brief and the concept sketches – these drawings show greater detail including hard and soft landscape information. A meeting is arranged to discuss these more detailed plans, and to tweak any changes in the layout of the design.
- Final design
When we are happy that all requirements have been considered and you are entirely happy with the design, I will create the final landscape drawings. A complex design may need cross sections, elevations and construction drawings to accompany the main plan. The scale of drafting is dependent on complexity of design and size of garden. A larger landscape may be produced at 200:1, a smaller garden 100:1.
- Planting plans
Fully annotated planting plans may be black and white or rendered and are usually drafted at a scale of 50:1 . For some projects, layered plans may be created to show structural planting, bulb planting and transients.
- Works specification
For works which require the use of outside contractors, a thorough specification document is drawn up detailing principles and practices required by contractors, including materials (detail, quantity and standards), time schedules and site conduct.
- Additional Services
As well as the recognised design route, we offer services to enhance the relationship with your garden.
We can advise you on the following:
Environmentally friendly outdoor heating to encourage use of the garden for a larger part of the year.
Subtle or vibrant lighting , to increase your enjoyment of the garden after dark.
Art work or sculpture sourcing, and advice on suitability and setting.
Appropriate container and jardinière advice and sourcing.
Maintenance – a month by month check list based on your garden’s needs for personal use or as information for your gardener.
Irrigation systems – both below and above ground.
Soil improvement systems.
- Implementing the Plans
I can recommend a number of highly skilled landscape contractors and specialist suppliers who are capable of delivering the highest quality of materials, workmanship and professional conduct. I also offer a project management service, visiting the site to oversee the hard landscaping at key stages, ensuring that the design successfully evolves from paper to completion.
At completion of hard landscaping, I will return to plant the garden, using handpicked plants from sources with whom I have strong business links and great faith for producing quality and healthy stock at competitive prices. This most important phase will bring your garden to life with carefully chosen, high quality plants – creating a cohesive, textural and seasonal scheme to suit the aspect, climate and soil.
For clients who wish a more hands on approach, I will also plan a garden as a D.I.Y project and be a phone call away should you need any further assistance.
Finally your garden will be handed over to you. I can supply a full maintenance programme with advice for you or your gardener to follow. I also offer a comprehensive seasonal maintenance and consultancy service, with written reports of our meetings to keep your garden looking at its very best.
Often, a client does not need a full design package, but rather a helping hand – someone to inspire them with their garden project.
The consultancy package is a fully flexible way to use the knowledge of a plants person and landscape designer without being tied down for a formal design arrangement.
The concept is simple, firstly contact us regarding your needs. We will send a consultancy package with simple check lists, helping you to visualise how you would best wish to use your garden space and to highlight problem areas.
We will then book an appointment and spend time analysing the site and discussing options to improve the garden.
I will then write a report detailing our meeting with ideas for problem solution based upon your estimated garden budget.
Gardens can baffle and perplex us, doing the right thing for the plants that we love can take hours of leafing through gardening books or trawling the internet, often confusing us more with conflicting advice.
We are determined to release the gardener within all of us, and by standing side by side, wellies on, secateurs in hand, we will guide you through the mechanics of plants, explaining why they behave the way they do and showing you how to be brave and tackle your garden with the war cry of the seasoned horticulturalist.
There is no charge for the report which you will receive within a week of the visit, detailing the works we carried out, to remind you how to tackle the work next time.
All areas of horticulture are covered, from shrubbery restoration and rejuvenative pruning to training espalier’s and grafting of fruit stock. We specialise in rose pruning and training for an abundant flowering season.
We have become increasingly aware over the last few years that a simple border design service is called for. Sometimes, all you need is some help putting together plants in combinations to give an exciting year of drama and interest.
We offer a planting plan service, a scaled down version of the design service for those who just need to ask their existing borders to work a little harder.
During an initial visit, we will discuss your likes and dislikes, your perfect border and your budget.
We will then produce a planting plan re-using your existing plants as appropriate, and choosing suitable alternatives to compliment or contrast with them. Estimated costs will be noted for those who wish to replant themselves.
Covering all horticultural aspects, we can assist with regular maintenance visits or specific periodic improvements. Using our experience and knowledge, we encourage the very best performance from your garden.