About the Designer
I have been a keen gardener for more than 20 years. Six years ago I decided to obtain a professional qualification in garden design, with the intention of setting up my own business.
The qualification obtained and a house move later, here I am!
I passionately believe that in this day and age of stressful living, any garden space, no matter what size or aspect, has so much to offer.
It is an opportunity to extend our homes and make the most of relaxation and entertaining and somewhere safe for our children to play.
Even in winter, it lifts the spirits to have a space which is attractive to look out onto -
and they do say our summers are getting warmer.
My Top Five Design Principles
- Use of different textures in the garden creates interest
- Incorporate a lawn area wherever possible
This provides a good foil for planting
It is safe for children to play on
Lawn is much better for the environment than paving or gravel
It is easy to maintain
Turf is relatively cheap and easy to lay
- Use focal points in different areas
- Provide more than one seating area
- Above all, the finished garden has to meet the needs of the client
The Design Process
I provide contractors and will project manage the process from start to finish.
A successful garden design can only come from trust and confidence built up between designer and client.
I will come and visit you in your home and discuss your specific needs with regard to the garden, your likes and dislikes, practicalities and the garden's aspect. I usually complete a questionnaire at this stage to make sure I have all the information I need to understand exactly what it is you want from your garden and this will include talking about your budget to ensure that the design can be turned into reality.
At this initial discussion we can also find out what it is you want from me, for example:
- An outline plan with some design ideas so that you can take this forward yourself
- A full design which can be handed to a landscaper to finalise the construction
- Supervision of the construction process
- A planting plan, with a full list of plants and costs
- A planting service
- A maintenance schedule
After our discussion I will write to you with an estimate of costs and expenses.
If you decide you wish to proceed with my services, I will return to your home to measure and survey the garden site so that an accurate plan may be drawn up to scale.
I will present the design and ensure that you are happy with the proposals
Your garden should be an extension of your home...