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Initial Consultation
On my first visit to your garden we would discuss your garden needs, your likes and dislikes as well as eventual maintenance of the garden. Everyone has a different lifestyle and unique taste. There are many garden styles. Mediterranean, country, formal, contemporary, cottage gardens to name a few. At this stage I would give you an idea of cost to design the garden This is normally based on an hourly rate. The eventual cost to construct the garden is always important too. Without a budget I might design something you cannot afford. Whilst I do not cost out the garden plan for the purposes of construction I can usually tell if your budget is sensible or not.

Survey
When you ask me to create a design for you it will be necessary to measure the garden and in some instances where changes in levels are dramatic or where the site is large it may be necessary to call in an independent surveyor. If this is the case I would advise you of this additional cost at the consultation stage.

The Initial Drawings
The first task is to create an Outline Plan which when constructed would form the backbone of the garden. It would incorporate your ideas as well as some of mine. This drawing would be to scale and would show pathways, walls, ponds, patios, decking, seating areas and perhaps one or two planting ideas. It is at this stage that you would have an opportunity to consider materials and revise or change the design. Once the hard landscaping ideas have been formulated and the ideas have been crystallised the drawings and the specifications can be prepared in readiness for costing and construction.

Planting
All through the Outline planning stage I would consider shapes and density of eventual planting. When I compose the planting plan I will use plants that are going to suit the style of the garden, the aspect and the soil type. The planting and the trees create the broad brushstokes of colour that provide the final magic of the overall composition.

Brackenheath  •  Bailey Ridge  •  Leigh  •  Nr.Sherborne  •  Dorset  •  DT9 6HU  •  01963 210999  •