This is a chance to discuss your garden and how we can help you make it the space you want. Do you have a blank canvas that needs structure or an overgrown mess you need taming? Planting that doesn't seem quite right or help connecting areas of your garden? How do you want to use your garden? Perhaps you have a specific feature or style you want to introduce but you’re not sure how to fit it in or you just want more colour... we can discuss anything and everything. Images of gardens / features you like are useful at this stage as are existing surveys or plans of the garden.
We will consider the budget available to build the garden and the feasibility of the project. I will reflect on the notes made during the consultation and formulate a brief from this (for you to check over) and based on this I will send you my Fee Proposal based on the size and complexity of the garden and the Brief.
Survey & Analysis
Once we've agreed a final brief and you're happy to go ahead we will need to survey your garden, this will usually involve taking detailed measurements of the layout and permanent structures. We will note the soil type, take account of microclimates, level changes and views from the house and beyond the garden.
We will arrange a professional Topographical Survey. This will be key to accurately and creatively designing all available space in the garden.
The period and style of the house or other structures surrounding the garden will influence any introduced materials so detailed photographs will be taken to capture the identity of the space.
It’s sometimes helpful to take photographs from within the house to capture important views that you may wish to capitalise on (or hide!) Photographs of the garden at different times of the year can be extremely helpful, although not necessary - you may have just moved in, any existing plans/surveys or reports you might have are often useful.
The first concept of the new garden will be a plan with perspectives and a mood board. Helen will meet with you to fully explain the vision. You'll have an opportunity to feedback and make reasonable amendments if necessary.
3D perspectives of your proposed garden will be supplied to help you gain a real understanding of the spaces and how they will work.
At this stage we'll give an indication of the rough ball-park cost to build the garden.
The Detail Plan (or Masterplan), will be a fully detailed and scaled CAD drawing of your space from which a landscape contractor can create your new garden along with the Construction drawings, Setting out plans, Lighting, Planting plans and Tender documentation.
These highly technical drawings and specifications explain the details of the garden fully to achieve the 'designed-look' and enable all of the spaces to work seamlessly together and ensure you get good, accurate quotes.
I work with a number of local Landscapers and can recommend the right team for you to provide you with a quote. I will be available throughout the build to meet you or your landscaper to discuss any design queries or report back to you with any discrepancies.
If you want to use your own Landscaper or gain multiple quotes that is fine too.
Plants and furniture
I can source, set out to plan and depending on the size of the project supply the plants and features such as the right cushions, chairs, sculptures etc.
With any garden, plants need time to find their feet, a review of the garden on an annual basis is recommended to make sure that the garden is all you hoped it would be and to make any adjustments where necessary.
We have great, qualified Horticulturalists to help you get the most from your garden from years to come - this is always recommended to protect your investment.
A garden is nothing without skilled maintenance and an understanding of the overall vision. A careful hand is crucial to direct its development!
At HRWGD we subscribe to the Society of Garden Designers 'Manifesto for Sustainable Gardens and Landscapes'. We are looking to implement these valuable and respectful ways of working with every new garden built.