The role for garden design


Gardens and commercial green spaces can offer relaxation, restoration, healing, sensory stimulation, a place for entertainment, for green fingers, or for a family to play.

And even the smallest of spaces can benefit from good design. Good design should offer a complete picture or story, with all elements in the garden relating to each other and perfectly composed in the space. This is usually depicted in the design concept with a simple and clear proposal of the flow around the garden through different areas designed for different purposes. But we also need to remember that gardens are for people.

They need to be practical and the design must work functionally for the people who'll walk, sit and play in it each day.Hard landscaping such as paths, steps, patios, decking or walls all help to create the skeleton for the garden design which is then softened and the mood amplified by the planting design.

Design process

Whatever the brief or style of garden, my design process is the same.

I like to ensure that each of my projects is one of open collaboration. I'd like each garden to be as unique as its owner and tailored perfectly to the needs of the people using the space. A regular and open dialogue is vital to ensure every aspect of a brief is met in the final garden.

At an initial meeting I'll walk around your garden with you, hear your thoughts, consider the site and ponder some options of how we might work together. We'll then agree a scope of work, which might be a simple design consultation or simple planting plan, or could extend to a full design service with ongoing project management. Depending on the site we might need to commission a full site survey to map level changes and existing features, or this might be measured up relatively simply by me. After that and depending on the scope of work you've agreed to, I would move into concept design and CAD scaled drawings of a master plan or outline of your new garden design including visuals and recommendations for materials. At this point we need to find a landscaper to help 'build' the space and source all materials to budget - and I'm happy to recommend help here. Whilst this is underway I can consider planting theory and a scaled planting plan, along with liaising with the trade nurseries to order trees and plants. If it's useful I can also provide a maintenance schedule to give you advice on which plants need what help, and when. I'm also very happy to help oversee and manage the design, build and planting phases as project manager.

Design services

  • Simple design consultation

  • Design concept, visuals, material recommendations and CAD master plan (optional extra: site survey)

  • As above plus planting theory, CAD planting plan and trade nursery liaison (optional extras: site survey, maintenance schedule)

  • Tender package including design phases and all CAD construction drawings

  • Full design service - all design phases plus project management throughout