How the design process works

We want you to feel comfortable, fully informed and in control as your project moves from the first consultancy visit  to drawing-board and through to successful execution.
The clear, step-by-step process we have evolved over years of working with different clients makes sure you always know exactly what’s happening, and that you’re fully involved in any ongoing decision-making.

"The whole process has been very enjoyable, particularly seeing the plans become reality."

"Janet has always demonstrated a truly professional approach to the whole creative process, coupled with a friendly attitude and a willingness to really listen to both client and contractor."

"The written specification was really clear and Janet was on hand at all times to give the necessary direction and support for the various stages of garden build."

"Janet showed tremendous vision in interpreting what we wanted, and delivered a design and
end result that was more than we could have
hoped for."

"Recently, we had friends over for a bite to eat and, as the evening drew in, everything combined to create a wonderful setting for entertaining. Those friends have already commissioned Janet to plan their garden."

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STEP 1   Initial meeting & Site Visit
First, we’ll meet to discuss what you are looking for, and for me to see your site first-hand. From your design brief and my initial site assessment, I’ll be able to form a clear idea of how your aesthetic and practical needs can best be incorporated in the space. Based on this, I’ll then go away and draw up a full estimate of charges for the proposed project, which will be submitted to you in writing.
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STEP 2   Site Survey & Concept Design Plan
The first step in the design process is to carry out a detailed site survey to measure the house and garden, and note ground levels, soil type(s), outbuildings, fixed site features and existing planting. On larger complex sites, we will engage a professional surveyor for this work. 
Armed with all the relevant information, I’ll then draw up an Concept Design Plan.  It is important that we meet at least once during preparation of this Plan, to make sure you are happy with my initial ideas before finalising it. 
We can supply 3D visualisations, side elevations and detailed illustrations of any aspect of the design to make sure you clearly understand the proposed design for your garden.
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STEP 3   Masterplan design development & detail
This is a crucial stage in the process: it’s where I can help you specify the important detail of the design – such as paving patterns, the construction of steps or pergolas, or the choice of garden lighting fittings, furniture or even garden buildings and pieces of sculpture. These details can make a huge difference to the overall success of a garden design project.
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STEP 4   Construction management
If you would like help to find a reliable, skilled contractor to build your garden, we can help.  By drawing up detailed specifications and tender documents we can ensure that the contractors know exactly what they are quoting for, and that you will be able to make an informed decision about who to employ.  We can help you through the whole landscaping process by visiting your site as regularly as is required to ensure the quality of work and adherence to your vision. Once ground works begin, unavoidable changes to the design may be found necessary.  If that’s the case, we can consult with you to make the required adaptations.
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STEP 5   Planting plans & implementation
Your garden will not be complete until it’s planted. Right from our first meeting, we will have agreed on a clear idea of what sort of planting you want in your new garden.  I produce detailed planting plans for your approval, and then, using my wholesale and specialist contacts, I can purchase top quality plants for you.  The planting service is completely flexible: I can bring together a team of gardeners to plant your garden, or I am equally happy to work with you on the planting. Some clients may prefer to take on the planting themselves.
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STEP 6   Ongoing maintenance
Of course, once created and planted, your garden will continue to develop and grow and will need ongoing maintenance which can be planned and dealt with in a number of ways:
I can give written guidance about how to look after your new and existing planting; I can brief you or your gardeners; or I can help you engage a gardener and make visits at agreed intervals to monitor progress and make sure your investment is maintained.
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STEP 7   Consultancy visits
I also offer a consultancy service which could cover any of the stages outlined above, and any aspect of garden and planting design.  Even if you simply want a one-off meeting to discuss your garden and see how it can be improved, that’s something we can do.  Just call or email to get in touch.