- A passion for design that includes a sound knowledge of the basic design principles – proportion, balance, unity, etc.,
- Experience of designing gardens; of course theory is important, but experience of different projects over time is essential for the best results.
- Good knowledge of materials, such as paving, different types of timber etc., and how these perform over time so the garden looks great in the long term.
- An extensive knowledge of plants, including shrubs, trees etc., how they grow and if they’ll be right for your garden.
- Good communication- being able to find out exactly what the client aspires to, produce a fabulous Plan and convey this to the contractor who’s building the garden.
- Surveying to making a scaled Plan of the garden, this may not be the glamorous side of the business but it’s really important because everything flows from this initial document. So measuring the garden using methods such as triangulation and using equipment to calculate the different levels in a garden …. then we can work out where to put the steps and how many there should be.
Following the Survey, concept designs are created and all loaded on to the C.A.D. (computer aided design) software, as an efficient and cost effective method of managing the Garden Plans.
These steps were re-designed for a recent garden design project:
The new steps are generously proportioned and have been extended under the french doors.
Designing a whole garden is a big undertaking, some clients just need a one-off advice session. This is enough to give ideas about the best lay-out of the garden and what plants will flourish, but above all it gives them a starting point and sense of direction.
Please have a look at the Services page of the website if you’d like more information.
images: Jill Anderson