a garden designer doesn't offer a full service as standard - ask them why not.
is garden design important to our home?
By extending your living area to outdoors, you begin to discover a whole
new way of life.
away from the busy, high speed ways of modern life and take time out
to relax with the scents and views of a carefully designed garden,
tailored to your personal requirements. It's an all in one sensation that
reaches all five senses, from the focused views, delicate scents and
soothing sounds of birdsong on a summer's evening. We all need food for
the soul and your own garden, designed to be individual to you, is just
the thing to take away the stress and strains of everyday life.
Entertain friends in beautiful surroundings.
alfresco eating, wonderful herb gardens and an intelligent use of outdoor
heating and lighting, you can impress friends and family, in the comfort
of your own home. The garden is very much an outdoor living area, one
which becomes ever more important in busy, stressful lives.
Increase security around your property by introducing the right plants and
use of sensitive lighting.
design makes security a priority, with sensitive use of tough plants to
help guard the boundary of your property. Block off views you don't want
other people to see whilst increasing your own privacy. Light
paths, entrances and specimen trees to deter unwanted visitors and
have peace of mind that your garden is working to protect your home after
Make gardening easier
the right use of materials and plants, it is possible to stop being a
slave of the garden and regain control. Intelligent design takes
into account the amount of maintenance the garden will receive. The right
plants mean spending time in the garden becomes a real joy, not a chore.
Increase the sales potential of your house.
an ever turbulent housing market, a well crafted garden not only increases
the sales potential of your home to new buyers but also shows that you
care about your property, something sure to impress a would-be purchaser.
Even the simplest of designs can enhance
the sales potential of a design, ensuring the garden sets off the rest of
never hired a Garden Designer before, what can we expect?…”
a garden designer is something many people will do and it can save you making very expensive mistakes!
Getting it right can be a very daunting experience especially if
you’re not very green-fingered.
The first stage is a
free one hour visit (for gardens within a 40 mile radius of
Eynsford*) to talk about your needs and requirements.
We can give an approximate guide to the cost of a garden from
concept to completion. Following
the visit, there are several options
1: The design brief
If the full design and build option
is requested, the first stage is the design brief which sets out the
main proposals together with a confirmation of our costs. We can also give
an approximate cost for the construction of the garden, although it is for
the individual contractors to finalise the accurate costings.
2: The site survey
next stage is the site survey (unless one has been carried
out before) which allows us to draw up an accurate scaled layout plan.
3: The concept design
design shows the main ideas and types
of planting, together with materials.
concept design consists of the following:
Fully scaled, coloured 2D plan
Full written specification
with the 2D plan, we also show the side elevation to show levels and a
perspective view through the garden to give a visual artists impression of
how the garden will look at eye level. A full written specification
is also given to give the contractors clear instructions as to the layout
and building of the garden. The
concept plan is the simplest way of showing how the space in the garden is
best used for full effect (very important in small gardens).
4: The planting plan
(dependent on size of garden)
When you are happy with the design, we proceed to a detailed
which shows the positions of all the plants together with names and
Once the design and planning has
been done, we can recommend builders and landscapers (in the case of larger
gardens) to arrange the building stage. The scheduling of building work needs to be discussed at the
stage of quoting for the hard landscaping part of the project and is
solely at the discretion of the builders concerned.
Of course, you may
wish to have the garden built by your own builders.
This is fine and we are always happy to liaise with a client’s own
For most gardens
we do the planting ourselves, although for larger scaled work, we may need to employ the services
of outside landscapers.
At all stages of design and
construction, the client is kept well informed as to the progression of
the work and what sort of time scale can be expected together with any
costs which occur during the various stages.
This helps to reduce ‘hidden costs’.
like a garden that’s different from the ordinary, what options are
we design a garden, it is after much discussion with the client to find out
what sort of lifestyle and character would best suit the space.
Whilst there are many people who are very happy with the
traditional or cottage style gardens, there is always the potential for
creating a garden very different and unique in its form and use of plants
/ materials. Don’t be put
off by the gardening ‘design’ programmes with purple fences and strobe
lighting – not all design is like this!
Sensitive design takes into account the personal wishes of the
client together with a very careful combination of plants and materials. It is even possible to incorporate multimedia into a garden,
although this has to be done with great care, possibly using lighting,
sound and technology that allows the owner to ‘interact’ with the
The possibilities are
endless, the only limitation is the client’s budget…
we have to have the whole garden designed?…”
The parts of the garden you would like changed are entirely up to you.
Planting schemes can be as small as a few pots or window boxes to
lush perennial borders.
If you would like parts of the garden left untouched, these will be
excluded at your request.
A good designer will only change areas according to the clients
budget and wishes.
I need to spend?..”
gardens including paving, fencing, lighting, fencing and other features,
prices generally start at around £10,000. Final cost will
depend on how big the garden is, what size plants are put in (bigger
plants when purchased means higher cost) and how many plants, paths, walls
etc. are put into the finished scheme.
We will often ask the
client’s budget on the first visit.
This is for two reasons.
Firstly, it gives me a good idea as to what I can put into the design and
what I have to leave out. Secondly, it avoids
extra costs during the planning stages.
There is little point in designing a garden that a client can’t
afford! Therefore, we always
aim to design to a client’s (approximate) budget.
Planting only: Prices start from about £200 upwards, we'll provide a
quotation according to your requirements.
“Who does the building work?...”
gardens are constructed by our recommended professional landscaping
contractors. We have built strong working relationships with a select
number of qualified landscapers, many of whom are award-winning companies
who understand the need for quality and excellence in every aspect of
their work. The construction of the garden is of primary concern and
we insist on a first class finish. We ensure that the contractors carrying
out the work are experienced and skilled craftsmen who can build the
garden to the very highest level.
"Do you oversee the construction of the garden from start to finish...?"
this is an important part of the work we do and we feel it is an essential
part of our service to ensure the garden is constructed and finished
exactly according to to the original vision. In order to do this we offer
a project management service to oversee the construction and planting of a
new garden from start to finish.
design of any garden is one which calls for great attention to detail and
we can bring our expertise to every aspect of the project. Please note,
there is a small charge for this service.
happens after the garden is finished?…”
are always happy to make return visits to check on the health and
establishment of plants. There is a small charge for this service and
it helps to give peace of mind that all plants are growing well.
We can make several visits depending on the complexity of the
These visits can be 3 months, 6 months and 1 year following
completion of the work.
Please ask for a plant check to be made if you would like to take
advantage of this service.