Some clients feel confused or overwhelmed by the task of designing their garden, and most lack the technical expertise or knowledge of relevant legislation. For those that don’t want a full garden redesign but do want advice and guidance on how best to develop their garden, I can provide a structured consultation to help them to look at their garden clearly from a design perspective, assess its strengths and weaknesses, give advice on the available materials and suppliers, and advise on suitable planting.
The minimum time for a garden consultation is 2 hours, although some clients require a longer visit, or repeat visits to look at plans as they progress. By the time the consultation is complete, you will have a far better understanding of costs, budgeting, construction methods and suitable planting, and I will leave you with a list of plants suitable for the appropriate soil type and growing conditions found in your garden. I can also provide a written report on what we have discussed for you to refer to in future.
In a short visit such as this, it is simply not possible to carry out any design work per se, and therefore some clients may wish to progress from a consultation to a full garden design service, which obviously involves a far greater degree of detail and specificity and therefore incurs a higher cost. A consultation allows you to dip a toe in the water and consider the best way to achieve the garden you want. Either way, you as the client have the reassurance that you have a professional to help you through the sometimes daunting task of addressing your landscape in a way that will make it function well and look beautiful for many years to come.