As an award winning garden designer, I relish projects that are challenging, stimulating and creative. In particular, those where I can lavish time and energy, manipulating and changing space, improving lives and delighting my clients.
Whether you are starting from scratch with a new house and a new garden design, need to adapt your existing garden for a changing lifestyle, desire a showcase garden transformation or simply want to create a delicious haven for rest and relaxation, I can advise and guide you every step of the way.
Share with me your vision, practicalities and requirements and I will create a living, breathing space for you to cherish and enjoy which tells your story through design and functionality.
From beginning to end, I work closely with you to take your garden project from initial idea to completed garden,
Take my creativity, flair and passion for design, couple it with my technical expertise and you will have all the skills you need under one roof.
As part of our early conversations, you’ll have already shared your garden history with me along with how you’d like to see it transformed for the future. This on-site visit will allow me to see your garden first hand, building a more detailed picture of the opportunities it holds and the challenges we need to navigate. More importantly, as we talk, I’ll be learning more about how you wish to use the garden, what form and structure you’d like to see as well as the style, atmosphere and personality you’d like it to convey.
These first impressions, thoughts and desires will help me shape your garden design. It’s the perfect time for me to analyse your garden’s aspect, access, topography and soil structure and to get creative. I like to let my mind run, enlightening you as to how I can create an amazing garden for you to love.
At the end of the visit, you’ll feel informed as to the next steps. Still, more importantly, energised and inspired about the potential your garden holds and confident you will see a design that exceeds your expectations.
Following my visit, I’ll prepare my proposal outlining my design fees for the next stage, together with a written copy of the brief. This gives you time to consider everything we have discussed fully. Once the fees are agreed, I’ll begin creating your concept design.
A topographical survey of your existing garden kicks off step three with accurate measurements of existing buildings, structures, trees, ground levels, soil analysis and photography.
Now it’s time to get creative! Using this analysis and the details from the brief, I will develop a concept design for your new garden. This to scale ‘MasterPlan’ design is presented to you along with mood boards, samples of materials and sketches or 3D visualisations to convey the design ideas within the proposed scheme.
From walkways and feature walls to planted areas, lawns and hedges, your garden design will be brought to life for the first time. Detailed planting plans will show each plant in it’s position, at its mature size, providing layers of colour, scent, form and texture that will become a real talking point throughout the seasons.
Should you require that little something extra – a set of sculptures to attract the eye, an outdoor kitchen and new terrace for entertaining or a mesmerising water feature, everything will be styled and sensitive to the garden and your lifestyle.
At this stage, I allow two further amendments to the design should you need to make any changes following my presentation. This allows me to hone the ideas so that the design is just right for you, your setting and your home.
Once you are happy with the concept design, Stage 4 begins where I will work up the bespoke detailing.
Here I’ll begin the bespoke detailing and refining of your garden design. Construction details, planting and lighting plans together with a specification/bill of quantities are outlined to ensure every element of the garden design is thoroughly considered and specified.
By this end of this stage, you will have a series of plans and drawings that will be used to build your garden to the correct specifications. These will be used to draw up a quotation for the project so that your budget is managed. Please note, all Bespoke Detailing Plans are charged at an additional cost.
At this point, all the garden design and planting information will be complete. The next step is to decide who you would like to work with to build and plant your garden. The two options of working with my partner landscaper or tendering for a contractor of your choice are detailed in Steps 5A and 5B.
Here, you will be working directly with my partner landscaper, who will be building and planting your garden. They will be doing all the hard work! At no extra charge and as your design consultant, I will monitor the project on your behalf, ensuring the build and planting schemes deliver what has been agreed.
Alternatively, through the tender process, you can select your own landscaper contractor who will construct and plant your garden. Charged at an additional cost, I can prepare a specification document outlining the precise work to be undertaken and construction methods and materials to be used. This will be sent to the contractors along with the design, contract documentation and any other relevant drawings so they can quote for the work on an equal basis. I can also assist you in reviewing the comparable quotes and helping you make a choice. Once you have selected your contractor, I can be on hand to engage with them in a design consultant role, monitoring the project, ensuring the interpretation of the design is delivered as agreed. This will be at an additional cost.
Final checks! Before work begins, I’ll review the quote with you. As we can see the full breakdown for each element within the garden construction, together with relevant costs, it means we can make any adjustments quickly and accurately if need be.