Garden Design Service

Creating a unique garden for you.

Call Emma on 07762 945373



The Garden Design process creates an overall vision for your garden, showing all the main spaces, features and planting areas. It can be implemented as one project or used to create your garden in stages.

If you are new to gardening I can help to explain everything. For more experienced gardeners we can create a garden to inspire.

Initial Meeting

This is the time for me to listen to what you would like from you garden. I spend time with you so you can show me your garden and I can understand how you would like to use your garden.

In preparation for this have a think about

  • What you will be using your garden for - relaxing, entertaining, play space for children, growing vegetables and fruit?

  • When will you be using it - will it mostly be summer or will you use it all year?

  • Who will you be using it with - a quiet space for yourselves or entertaining and parties?

  • How would you like it to feel - relaxing, invigorating, colourful, quiet?

  • Do you have a colour scheme in mind?

During this first meeting we will discuss broadly how this may be achieved.​

I will then send you a brief outlining what we discussed and the costs of design work for your approval.

Survey and Site Appraisal

For small gardens I do the survey myself. For large gardens or where levels are not straightforward a professional surveyor will need to be used. The survey provides an accurate scaled plan.

During the site appraisal I will take lots of photographs and make note of the aspect, soil conditions including pH, views and the local area. Plants and features to be retained will be noted.

Occasionally a second site visit is necessary to check a detail or measurements (there is no additional cost for this)

You will need to provide all available information about underground services, and legal restrictions ie easements, public rights of way across the garden, Conservation areas, National Park, Green Belt and tree preservation orders.


Concept Plan is drawn up to scale for comment. It shows the key features of the design - paths, structures, seating areas and planting beds. An indication of structural planting (trees and hedges) is given.

This is the time to discuss the design and make adjustments before the next stage.

Final Masterplan is completed with your comments incorporated showing the types of materials to be used for paving, fences, walls and steps. Indicative levels will be shown. Planting scheme will be outlined.

The masterplan is hand drawn and finished.

Planting Plan

Following on from the overall design is a detailed planting plan, drawn to scale, showing individual plants and their position in the garden.

Construction Drawings for yourself if you are building the garden or for your landscape contractor.

Setting out drawing - to show the dimensions of all areas of the design and the position of features.

Construction drawings - to clarify design details.

Specification document - to explain the required quality and quantity of materials, and working practices.

Soft Landscaping

Including help with sourcing trees, hedges, plants and bulbs. Setting out the plants and planting. 

For trees and large shrubs specialist planting services will be required. Usually the nursery will do this.

Other Services

  • Maintenance plans tailored to your garden.

  • Flower border rejuvenation.

  • Help pointing you in the direction of specialist services eg tree surgeons, gardeners.


Design Fees

Initial meeting £40 which will deducted from the design fees if you decide to proceed.

I produce a quotation for my fees for each project, agreed in advance.  

Aftercare and garden advice, pruning, planning planting schemes for bulbs are charged at an hourly rate.

Project monitoring visits are charged at an hourly rate.

Not Included

Costs of professional surveyor.

Estimates for implementation.

Hiring, tendering or on site supervision of works.

Procurement of any materials.

Purchase of plants


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