Planting Plans, Garden Design and Construction
My goal is to create beautiful and practical spaces to suit each of my individual clients, which I have been doing for many years. I oversee every project from the initial design consultation through to construction of the garden you dream of. Whether you're just looking for planting plans or for someone to undertake and manage the whole process I can help you acheive what you you want.
I'm based in Honiton, which gives me easy access to Exeter, Sidmouth, Axminster and across Devon. I've also worked further afield in Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall but will undertake commissions throughout the UK. My lifelong deep interest in the natural world has been the influence and at the core of my garden design philosophy.
1. Initial Consultation
The first meeting will give us the opportunity to discuss what it is that you want to create and how you want to use your garden space. This meeting can take up to two hours. It will give me a chance to find out more about what you like and hear your ideas. After this meeting, I will draw up a design brief along with a fee proposal.
2. Site Survey and Analysis
Once the design quotation has been agreed, a comprehensive site survey and analysis is required of the existing garden to gather information to create an accurate scale drawing of the garden, on which the design is based. It includes measuring and taking levels, plotting the position of the house and other permanent features on the site. It also allows quantities of materials and cost to be.
3. Outline Plan
With the information gathered from the brief and surveys, a concept garden design plan is drawn with a proposed scheme in 2D presentation. Further 3D drawings (which may help some clients further visualize their designs) can be arranged. Your feedback at this point is highly beneficial in order to achieve your vision.
4. Detailed Garden Design
An annotated scale plan with colour shading is presented showing detailed hard landscape features, e.g paving, steps, pergolas, water features, lighting and areas to be planted. This used by the landscape company in the construction of the garden (along with the setting out details).
5. Planting Design
Taking into account the site conditions, soil conditions, aspect and your personal preferences and tastes, a detailed planting plan is created. The planting plan will include carefully selected plants that will produce an atmospherics space and harmonious planting combinations to give you year round interest and enjoyment. This is supplied with a plant schedule listing with recommended pot sizes.
We source and supply plants from reputable nurseries to ensure a top quality design.
6. Construction Details
Drawings of construction and setting details are to ensure that accurately built garden designs are carried out by the landscape contractor.
7. Scope of Works
This is a written set of instructions to facilitate the construction of the garden by detailing the materials to be used and techniques to be employed. The document is used for the competitive tender process.
8. Tender Process
I work with a number of independent landscape contractors that are independent to my practise. I can manage the issuing of the documentation (plans and scope of works) to the landscape contractors and field their questions, allowing them to quote for construction fairly and accurately.
Once the garden has been designed and constructed I am happy to return at annual intervals to 'edit' the borders where necessary to keep it looking fresh and beautiful