Garden planning

Creating a new garden or improving parts of an existing garden is exciting, but can also be a little daunting.

Where do you start?

I have a collaborative approach, by which I try to understand your needs and aspirations, whilst bringing you fresh ideas and taking into account what the site conditions will allow.

It is important to get the design right, and I love working through options to make sure that we find the best solutions for your garden.

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The design process can be used to create borders to whole gardens, whether private or public spaces.

Typically, this is what would happen for the creation of a new garden:

An initial consultation meeting with you to discuss your requirements and preferences, and possible budget. This initial meeting aims to define your project, reviews the feasibility of your ideas and allows you to learn about the design process. I will offer some basic design & budgeting advice (You are welcome to take notes). After the meeting, a written proposal will be sent to you describing the scope and fee for a full design. This initial consultation is charged at £75.00 (for the Greater Manchester area) and usually lasts about one hour.

Once you give me the go ahead for the planning stage, the next steps are as follows:

  • A survey of the garden: measuring up the space, checking the soil, aspects…etc.

  • Production of one or more scaled plans and sketches.

  • A meeting with you to review and finalise a plan, for which a trusted landscaper can prepare an estimate for the hard landscaping whilst I will take care of the planting aspects of the work. The plans can also be used to get alternative quotes from various landscapers.

As part of the design process, I can provide advice on the choice of materials or particular design elements (e.g. lighting, water features, possibility to re-use materials…etc).

The design fee depends on the size of the site, its complexities and the client’s brief. As a guide, here are some examples of my design fees: for a small front garden - £550, for a small courtyard - £750, for a medium sized garden (100 sqm) - £1,500, for a large garden with several design features - £3,000 plus.

​If you are unsure about whether you would benefit from an initial consultation, feel free to give me a call for a quick chat on 07790 631 078.

If a full design plan is not the way forward for you and your garden, but you would like some garden advice, I can provide consultancy support.

I mainly work across Greater Manchester and the North West.