The design process takes time and careful planning. It is essential for creating a unique and inviting layout and style for your garden . This process is fun, interesting, and usually consists of the following steps:
Initial Meeting: I’ll meet with you to discuss your “wish list” (walkways, patio, retaining walls, perennial border, decorative fencing, etc.), and walk your site to assess the scope of your project.
Design Proposal: Next I’ll send you a proposal estimating how much time will be required to create a landscape plan that addresses your wishes.
Base Map Preparation: A base map will be prepared for your project working with any information you may have such as a property survey and/or architectural drawings.
Site Inventory: I’ll collect site information such as existing paving, utility boxes, existing trees & shrubs, downspouts, etc., and take digital pictures of your site.
Conceptual Design: Guided by your design requests, a conceptual landscape plan will be prepared showing proposed walkways, seating areas, focal points, with a preliminary planting layout.
Presentation meeting: We’ll meet to review the conceptual landscape plan and discuss layout, material choices, and plant selection.
Preparation of final construction plans (which you may use to obtain bids)
Hardscape Plan – if your project includes paving for walkways, patios, retaining walls, steps, etc., these elements will be located & dimensioned
Planting Plan – locates shade, ornamental trees, deciduous and evergreen shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, vines, ground covers, spri
ng & summer flowering bulbs
Plant List – provides botanical and common plant names, quantities, suggested sizes and spacing
Specifications – detail material selections & installation
Conceptual Lighting Plan – I can suggest locations for light fixtures on the planting plan to up light specimen trees, illuminate pathways, & softly wash garden focal points with light.
Bidding: Over the years I have worked with many area landscape contractors and can recommend extremely qualified companies who I think would fit with your project location, size and scope.
On-site consultation: I can meet you and/or your landscape contractor on site to assist with construction decisions and plant placement.