We offer design and landscaping as a complete package as we prefer to be involved with the client for the entire garden making process from the ideas stage through the build, planting and aftercare. Using this approach means we create gardens of outstanding beauty which are really enjoyed by the client as it also allows for much greater attention to detail.
Forward planning and design are the most important elements to get right in the garden- making process. Damien will spend time in the garden in order to get a “feel” for the space and will then follow up with an informal chat to discuss the client’s needs. Every new project is important to the practice and client interaction is essential for fully understanding the client’s wishes and hopes for their garden space. The cost of the initial site visit can be agreed with Damien in advance.
Following this initial meeting, a preliminary letter of intent to design the garden is issued outlining basic design concepts and fees.
“We believe that the secret to a well formed garden is to put the effort into the ideas.”
Typically, the process we employ would be:
A garden survey: This includes a report on flora, climatic conditions, soil conditions, as well as other elements such as structures etc. This is an essential part of the garden making process as it allows us to better understand both the positive and negative aspects of the site.
Garden design: A detailed concept plan will be drafted outlining both hard and soft landscaping. This plan can be as detailed as the client wishes and can include mood images, levels, sketches and axonometric drawings. More heavily detailed master plans can also be drafted if required for an overall plan or for a smaller area within the plan.
Landscape specifications & full costs: These include a full breakdown of all the constituent parts involved in creating the garden. This report is the building block for the new garden and it should be reviewed in detail and agreed upon before landscaping begins.