Garden Design Services

A well-designed garden reflects your personal style and gives you a wonderful place to relax with family and friends.

I offer a variety of garden design services in St Albans, Herts, Beds, Bucks and London, ranging from one-off consultancies to full garden designs. A full service includes the garden design, contract tendering, project monitoring during construction, planting design, sourcing plants and planting. I also offer Special Event gardening and Border Rejuvenation services.

Throughout the design process, I can introduce you to trusted contractors, suppliers and garden maintenance people so all you have to do it sit back and enjoy your new garden.

Do call to arrange a meeting on 01727 837280 (best number for good reception) or 07787 554 900.

My specialities are:
  • re-designing existing gardens
  • creating a new garden for a new home
  • designing solutions for awkward shaped sites and slopes
  • remodelling gardens after house extension work
  • family gardens
One-off support
– which areas you would like to improve? A consultancy meeting may be to do with overall garden design, ways to improve planting or a specific area that needs addressing. For a fixed rate of £120 for a one hour site visit within 30 mins of St Albans, I can come and advise you on site and will email you a written resume of our meeting for your reference. Please call if you live further away or would like a longer meeting and I will quote accordingly.

Special Event gardening – for that special occasion when you want your garden to look it’s best.

Border Rejuvenation – to refresh existing borders.

Complete Design Service
If you would like a comprehensive design, either to be completed in one go, or in timed stages over several years, a well-considered Master Plan will give your garden a cohesive look and careful planning will help your budget go further.

The Design Process
The Design Process is a sequence which takes you from initial enquiry to completed project. Throughout this process, I have an open dialogue with both clients and suppliers. I share files with architects and specialist professionals and liaise during a project by emailing drawings to clients for feedback. I use Vectorworks, a professional 3D CAD programme, and my designs are illustrated with coloured perspective drawings.

Initial enquiry – call me to discuss your needs, then let’s arrange a date to meet up.

Client meeting and brief – I'll meet you in your garden and take a brief. The brief is a list of essential requirements and your wish-list of extras. We’ll talk about gardening styles and preferences. After our meeting, I’ll email you a confirmation of the brief and a fee proposal of my costs.

Site survey and site analysis – I'll arrange for a local surveyor to survey your garden, then with the survey completed, I will come on another day to do a site analysis.

A site survey means measuring the site including existing features, surveying the house including ground floor door and window positions, taking level measurements to see where the site slopes away, noting pipes and drainage points, naming shrubs and trees and noting their position in the garden, and noting the North point.

For a site analysis, I’ll take note of areas of sun and shade, I’ll do simple soil tests around the garden to find pH levels to discover which plants will grow successfully in your site, note the prevailing wind direction and any localised wind tunnels and micro-climates, considering the location of the site within the wider landscape, photograph views out of the garden and views into the garden from significant points from the house, and consider the character of the garden.

Scaled concept drawings including perspective illustrations – by using the site survey, site analysis and brief, I will produce a design for your garden, presenting this for discussion with you as a concept plan with 3D illustration. This is a working document and you are allowed to make changes! Often only tweaking is necessary and very often, no changes are made at all. One set of amendments is included in my quote for the design, with additional amendments being charged at an hourly rate. Once the amendments are complete and approved by you, this will take the concept drawing to Master Plan stage.

Master Plan – this is the plan that will be used to build the garden.

Planning permission – I check on tree preservation orders (TPOs), conservation area restrictions, Article Four Direction Area listings and Listed Building status on your behalf. If necessary, I can apply for Planning Permission.

Scope of works, construction drawings, elevations and contract tendering – in order for the garden to be built, I need to communicate technical drawings and specifications to the contractor so we can compare like-for-like quotes.

Specialist services – I liaise with specialist contractors and suppliers for lighting, furniture, planters, bespoke pottery and water features. These elements make your garden stand out from the crowd and reflect your personal style.

Project monitoring – I liaise with contractors and suppliers on your behalf before, during and on completion of construction.

Planting Plans – I use the site survey, master plan and brief to produce a planting plan. To narrow down your plant preferences, extra discussion with you is encouraged at this stage. A planting plan has all the plants drawn to scale in their planting positions, shown with their botanical names. From this drawing, a plant schedule is produced. The plant schedule is a list of plants to be purchased showing the total number for each plant by botanical name and pot size. I use this schedule to source and cost up plants from a variety of nurseries. When I have a price for all the plants, I’ll let you know. Once you have agreed and paid for the plants, I’ll place the orders and arrange for delivery to site. I aim to be on site to check plant quality and quantity for the main delivery by lorry. When plants come by post, I will liaise with you and the nursery for convenient delivery days and temporary storage place.

Plant setting out – using the planting plan, I set out the plants in the garden. This is usually done with a contractor who plants up as I set out. You are very welcome to join in!

Plant maintenance schedules – on request, and written to accommodate all levels of gardening skills.

Follow-up visits – depending on the planting time, but usually within the following year to check on plant growth and maintenance.

Please email on or call me on 01727 837280 and take a step nearer to your dream garden!

We both really appreciated your time coming over and were very impressed with your ideas and work you showed us, most of all the thoughtfulness you showed in your design and personal approach.
Chris and Alice, St Albans

Thank you so much for all of the information and design you have sent. Ian and I are very happy with what you have designed for us and we can't think of any changes we would want to make. I think you have done a great job in understanding our needs.
Natalie and Ian, Hemel Hempstead