There are a number of reasons why you may need to draw on the expertise of a professional garden designer and request a consultation. Perhaps you are considering a complete redesign, or maybe you are thinking about improvements to your existing garden. If you have a specific garden problem or just want advice on planting design then a consultation is the first step. I will follow this up with a written report with advice on how to proceed. This may be all that you require or it may lead to you procuring further services.
Garden Design Consultation
The initial meeting takes place at your home and you should expect it to take up to 2 hours. This first meeting will focus on you, your garden and your expectations. I will carry out an initial assessment of your garden, talk you through the design process, show you my portfolio of work and take photographs of your garden. This is your opportunity to bounce ideas off me and for us both to ask questions. At this early stage, if it is a garden design service that you are considering then it is helpful to me if you can put together some ideas such as pictures of gardens, materials or plants you like. Just as important are the things you don’t like and you should make this clear at the earliest opportunity too. Don’t worry if you don’t have any clear ideas at this stage. Guiding you towards realistic goals is part of my job.
Following this initial consultation I will provide a written proposal for your garden, confirming the brief, my design fee and terms of engagement. The design fee will be dependent on a number of factors such as the size and complexity of your site and your intended budget. I cannot provide you with a quotation until I have visited your garden and discussed your needs.