Garden design begins with a meeting between client and designer to look at the challenges and opportunities of the site and to discuss the client’s requirements and ideas.
From this meeting a design brief and quotation of fees can be drawn up. Clients can also look at the designer’s portfolio and see first hand the different types of plans discussed below.
Before a design can be drawn up a survey of the site is necessary to show the position of buildings, boundaries, trees etc., and to take levels if the site is sloping. In a very large
garden a professional surveyor may be called in, otherwise this work is usually carried out by the designer.
Using all the information gained from the client brief and the survey, the designer can create a master plan, showing the precise location of proposed hard landscaping areas, planting and all the other features to be included in the garden. When the clients are happy with the master plan, other detailed plans for planting, setting out and construction can be produced.
Planting plans are developed which show where the new plants in the garden will be located and a Planting Schedule drawn up listing the names, size and numbers required to enable the designer to source the plants from specialist nurseries.
Once the master plan, planting plans and any other necessary construction drawings are complete quotes can be obtained for the construction of the garden.
The designer can, if required, monitor the construction to ensure that the garden is built as detailed. Plants will be ordered and delivered at the appropriate stage in the build and set out in position by the designer ready for planting by the contractor.
When the building of the garden is complete a maintenance guide to help with ongoing care can be produced, if required. Follow-up visits by the designer once or twice a year are often requested to ensure the successful maturation of the project.