Meeting & Assessment
The first step is to meet to discuss what it is you want from your garden. You may have a particular “look and feel” in mind. Or you may have no pre-conceived ideas at all. No matter where you are up to – that’s where we’ll start.
If it is an existing garden or a garden renovation, I will usually take a digital photo map to aid in the design process and discuss with you which plants or other elements you would like to retain and which i think are worth saving.
The final step is to go through costing and timeframes so that any questions you have can be answered in person then and there.
If you do have an idea of what it is that you want, I would encourage you to bring along any pictures of gardens/ styles that you like or strongly dislike to this initial consult.
There is also a wants, needs and dislikes form that is downloadable from this website, that I have devised to help you figure out what it is exactly that you require from your garden.
A concept plan or in some cases concept plans, are presented a few weeks after the initial consultation. This can be done via email or in person. This is accompanied by a plant selection list with pictures of each species to help you identify them. Any changes or ideas to add to the plan will be discussed as are the materials to be used, colours etc.
Because no two gardens are alike and no two clients are alike, the next part of the process can vary greatly. For instance, some clients opt to save money and don’t require final plans or would like to be involved in the planting of the garden, or selection and sometime even creation of sculptures or artworks. Because we are a small company and I like to encourage client involvement, we like to be as open and flexible as possible. Alternatively if you are a so called ‘brown thumb’ and want to leave it to us, that’s fine too!
Final plans and implementation of the garden
If you are using your own landscape contractor to implement the design, then detailed final plans and the planting list are presented to you. Usually a meeting is set up between the contractor and myself.
Ideally, I like to do the implementation of the garden – particularly the plant placement and planting myself and using my own team, this allows for greater cohesion between the plan and the final result. Because a garden is an evolving entity, I also like to do follow up checks a year or so after the garden has been installed.
We also provide clients with the option of follow up management and maintenance by our team, using sustainable practices. There is also the option of purchasing a comprehensive management report specific to each garden so you can maintain the garden yourself to a professional standard.