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We struggled to confine our praise into a short testimonial. Janet has transformed our tired and uninspiring garden into a beautiful and interesting outside space which we love in all weathers. Her well-considered design was realistic, imaginative and fun. Throughout the process, Janet has given us honest advice and been a reliable person to work with, who kept us well informed every step of the way. This was evident in her initial design phase, in liaising with different contractors, project managing the hard landscaping, planning and supplying the planting. We have been very impressed with her attention to detail and the quality of the work carried out by one of her recommended contractors. We would not hesitate to recommend her services
Janet is an exceptional plantswoman. She designed several very large mixed borders for our garden with interesting and colour co-ordinated plantings. Her design took into account the difficult site and the surrounding countryside, she gave us a detailed planting plan and supplied all the plants. Five years on, the borders are looking very mature and give us pleasure all year round due to the varied nature of the planting. We have no hesitation in recommending Janet Bligh Garden Designs to anyone considering a garden project; we have been delighted with the results of her expertise in our garden and she has been a pleasure to work with.
Janet really has made the garden of my dreams. For several years I have tried to plan different sections of my plot, but without an overall design, it had become very disorganised, unkempt and frankly depressing. Janet has put shape and style into the whole area, using all the elements I like, including the planting. The whole process has been very enjoyable, particularly seeing the plans become reality. I now spend a lot of time just walking around the garden with a big grin on my face! Thank you so very much.
Janet doesn’t do hard-sell. On the contrary, she quietly listens to your ideas, wants and needs and then takes them away to turn them into the concept of what your garden could look like with the added ingredients of her plant knowledge, landscaping experience and creative flair.
Janet listened attentively to our requirements and offered advice and guidance where we were uncertain. She has a clear project workflow that was easy understand and detailed exactly what would happen at each stage of the process. There were a few review meetings through the process which enabled us to provide feedback and over this period, we were able to see our fairly random thoughts and ideas miraculously transformed into a beautiful and coherent design. Throughout, Janet was a real pleasure to work with. We never once felt ignored or pushed down a design path that we were unsure about and she was quick to answer any questions we had. Janet was also able to recommend a local landscape contractor to implement the design who did an incredible job for us. We now have a beautiful garden that we are able to enjoy and spend much more time in. We would recommend Janet to anyone in need of professional garden design expertise.
Janet has designed us a truly magical garden, that looks great all year round. She has a wonderful knowledge of plants, and excellent design ideas. From the beginning, and importantly for us, Janet was prepared to incorporate our ideas too, and make the whole thing work. We couldn’t recommend her more highly!
We have been working with Janet over a two year period, as part of a large scale garden project. Janet is very easy to work with, being both approachable and professional. She has worked on an overall design for various phases of our garden project and detailed planting designs. Janet has taken on board our preferences and offered valuable advice and ideas for both hard and soft landscaping. She supported us to find good landscapers and produced all of the tender paperwork for us. Janet has worked closely with our landscapers, architect and carpenter to ensure a successful project. She has worked to suit timescales around our building work and hard landscaping. We have been very happy with Janet’s work and her role in transforming our garden. We would highly recommend her and we look forward to continuing to work with her on the next phase of work.
Working with Janet was a really enjoyable experience. She was very good at taking time to understand our specific tastes and requirements. She came up with clear design principles, which developed into a thoughtful structure, accompanied by a well-planned planting scheme. Janet engaged thoroughly, discussing options, not foisting ideas on us, and she was great in making clear all the practical considerations. Janet has created a special garden that has quickly matured into a beautiful space that we love and enjoy every single day.
We have worked with Janet for many years and as well as being a joy to work with, we have always been delighted by her garden schemes and knowledge of planting. Her service provides a real compliment to our designs, creating beautiful environments for our clients.
We have worked with Janet on many landscaping contracts and she 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. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her.
Moving from a small London garden to a very challenging Surrey garden in 2016 we needed advice to create a kitchen garden on a steep slope with flower borders to complement a newly built contemporary home. We felt local expertise was a must and Janet provided an initial plan and obtained quotations for the landscaping from established companies that we could make a decision on, with the knowledge that Janet had worked with them previously. After discussions on materials and budget the scheme evolved beyond our expectations. Our plant knowledge wasn’t great but we knew what we liked and had firm ideas on colour and maintenance; Janet translated this into a detailed planting plan with a wonderful collection suitable for position and soil that we can’t wait to discover, enjoy and cherish in the years to come.
Having purchased a first floor flat with roof terrace, I approached Janet to design and install plants and planters for the terrace. There was a very short timeframe, and everything had to be taken up through the communal areas of the block. Janet had a ‘can do’ attitude that gave me confidence she would get the job done. She took on board my likes and dislikes and very soon after sent me the design and budget. She ensured I was totally in the loop during the buying process. The installation went without a hitch – considering the difficulties she faced. I am absolutely delighted with the finished terrace – everyone that has seen it has been very complimentary. I am so pleased I chose Janet – she delivered on time and on a budget – and managed to smile throughout!