Garden Design Planning

Initial Meeting

An initial meeting (approx. 1hr) is set up to discuss your requirements and aspirations for your property. This meeting identifies those issues that you want addressed, how you want your particular style expressed in your garden, and budget and fee arrangements.

Fee Proposal

A fee proposal is forwarded to you within 3–4 working days following our initial meeting. This will summarise our initial discussion and outline my services and associated fees. You will be asked to confirm in writing if you wish me to proceed.

Site Survey

A site survey is undertaken to analyse and survey the existing garden. This involves: the taking of site measurements, levels (as required) and photos. If the property is large or the site complex a surveyor may be required.

Presentation Meeting

A presentation meeting within 2-3 weeks of our initial contact will allow me to present my introductory design ideas through the use of an initial concept design, sketches, photographs and other visual aids. Over several meetings these tools will allow us to discuss and refine the design until you are happy.

Finished Plan

A coloured plan will be produced and presented to you along with planting notes.

What’s next? 

A garden that is formalised on paper gives focus to the implementation of a design and ensures that a cohesive style is maintained.

The garden plan illustrates the layout of your new garden, and how the components fit together:

  • garden beds and the position of trees
  • new structures, such decks and sheds
  • paving areas, such as courtyards and paths
  • lighting placement
  • focal points and the associated view lines

Accompanying notes on the plan will give an expanded explanation of the ideas expressed visually.

Benefits of a Plan

A plan tests out ideas, and ensures:

  • features suit their proposed positions in the garden
  • purchase of plants that are suited for the environment
  • compliance with council rules
  • that pitfalls are flagged and remedied during the planning process

A garden usually evolves and improves over time, so a plan also provides a framework that can be referred to in the future.