Hopefully this page will help with some of your queries, but if you have any further questions, please get in touch....
When is the best time of year to have my garden designed?
As soon as possible! I sometimes have a waiting list and contractors can be booked up at least 6months in advance. Bear in mind that a realistic turnaround from starting design-work to completion on the average build is at least 9months.
How long will it take to have my garden designed?
Approx. 3 months(minimum)...The concept design is usually presented 5-6 weeks after the survey. Amendments are completed asap, usually within 2weeks. Then onto the planting plan. Quick client feedback helps speed up this process. If you require a quick turnaround please let me know as I can sometimes rearrange my schedule to suit.
How much will my new garden cost?
Most garden transformations start from £25,000.
It's best if you provide a budget, otherwise the process can become very disjointed.
A build cost of at least £250/m2 should give a good guide.
Will a new garden add value to my property?
They say a well designed and maintained garden can add 20% to your property's value.
Can we phase our garden build?
Yes, this is a good way to spread the cost over a timescale to suit you. Once you have the design, the contractors can quote for various phases or you can tackle some of the work yourselves.
Can you put us in touch with good landscapers to build the garden?
Yes, I can recommend several landscape contractors who can provide a quote for the garden build and planting.
(Please note, I have no control over their schedules or admin processes.)
Can we just have the garden design, we want to design the planting ourselves so won't need that part of your service?
That's no problem, I can tailor my service to suit you.
How much is a garden design?
Every garden is different and I provide a fixed fee quote based on the scope of work and time involved: your brief, size of garden and the complexity of the elements requested. I follow the Society of Garden Designer's fee structure of approx. 7-12% of the build cost.
When is the best time to plant?
Between November - March is best when plants are dormant. Trees and hedging plants are also much cheaper at this time of year as they can be sourced in their bare root or root-balled form.
Can you help us find mature trees and special features, eg. sculptures and water features?
Yes I love finding specimen trees and features! I have built up lots of contacts within the industry over several years so can make good use of these for you.
Can you give us a guide to how long a whole project could take, ie. from design to build/completion
All projects are different and it depends on how booked up myself (I sometimes have a waiting list) and contractors are. A quick turnaround would be 6months...but a more realistic one is from 9months. A recent very large project has taken 2 years...and is still ongoing with planting to follow next year.