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Simple steps to a finished garden

Although each project varies in its size and scope, we find that undertaking work in clearly defined stages helps to ensure that things run smoothly. The list on the right gives more information about the key stages for a private garden design.

Initial consultation
The starting point

Full Garden Design:

We always begin with a consultation at the site to discuss your ideas and establish your requirements and preferred design styles. Following this, a summary of the design brief and a design quotation are provided.

Fixed-fee on-site consultation:

Available for those who wish to have a more hands-on approach to creating a garden, see Pricing page.

Site survey
Surveying the garden

A full site survey is made to establish the exact dimensions of the site, including changes in level. An analysis of existing vegetation and soil also takes place if necessary. We like to undertake this ourselves, but if the site is large we will outsource the work to a reputable land survey company.

Outline designs
Sketch design by Wendy Allen

We will prepare suitable design
options for you in the form of plans,
sketches and samples of hard
landscaping materials based on the
agreed brief.

We then meet you on site to discuss
these, helping to ensure that the
final design will be exactly the
way you want it.

Detailed designs
Design by Wendy Allen

The final design is developed and drawn
up into a detailed, labelled presentation
plan and a hand-drawn sketch view.

We also provide a planting plan, plant
list and full maintenance notes for
easy reference.

Build phase

The build can be undertaken by one of
our recommended professional landscape
contractors or put out to tender for a
range of quotes.

All required construction drawings,
suggested sources for hard materials,
setting out plans and full specification
documentation will be provided if required.

Once the build begins, we offer a
construction management service
to monitor the project, ensuring that
on-site issues are quickly resolved to
enable the design to be realised as
intended and constructed to the
highest possible quality.

Planting phase
Greening the garden

We can provide a service to source,
supply and layout the plants as per
the planting plan.

We like to set out the plants in their
correct positions but the actual planting
can be done by us, the contractor or
yourself. We can also organise a visit to
a local trade plant nursery before the
planting design is undertaken, which is
useful for giving you ideas and helping
us identify your preferred plants.

Planting maintenance notes

We provide full maintenance notes for all
plants and features.

We do not provide a garden maintenance
service, but can recommend professional
gardeners in your area.

'Nodding Onion' - Allium cernuum

Call us to discuss your requirements.

A popular option, rather than a full
garden design, is to book Wendy
for an on-site consultation aimed
at those who wish to manage their
own garden project:
- Discussing your ideas for the garden
- Suggesting new ideas and solutions
- Determining the best layout
- Providing a draft sketch plan
- Advice on suitable materials and plants
- Advice on construction methods
- Advice on suppliers (and
Landscape Contractors if required)
- Sharing our knowledge
- Saving you money

For full garden design projects:
Design fees are calculated on a per
project basis. On larger projects
of over £20,000, design fees
may be calculated as a percentage
of the build cost as per the Society
of Garden Designers guidelines.