LET’S MAKE AN OUTSIDE SPACE YOU LONG TO BE IN

North-facing front garden, south-east London.

North-facing front garden, south-east London.

Qualified, creative and a lover of plants, I offer a garden and planting design service and garden consultancy for gardens large and small in London and Australia, with a focus on naturalistic planting, sustainability and user fit. My intention is always to create a garden with you that works for your life, and will grow with you over time.

I studied garden design at Capel Manor College in London and have Level 2 and part Level 3 qualifications in garden design and plants and planting. I also have a background in fashion, journalism and arts and draw on all of this experience in my garden design work.

I am fully insured to work on your property.

The semi-shade perennial garden above was transformed from asphalt to an enriched bed with seasonal interest, a mix of textures, beech hedging, containerised black bamboo against an existing privet hedge. It makes use of many of the plants that grown well in the surrounding area.

THE DESIGN PROCESS  I believe in radical transparency. The design process should not be a mystery nor overwhelming. Fees are agreed upfront and there are no hidden costs in my design work.  The basic steps in designing your garden are:  1. We meet and discuss your dreams for your garden, your budget, timelines, maintenance needs and inspiration.  2. I measure and survey your space. Large properties include a specialist survey from a trusted third party.  3. I map how people truly use the space. Large older properties may include historical research.  4. Your unique design is shared with you with rounds of changes as agreed. Plants and materials agreed.  6. The final design is drawn, along with technical drawing for contractors to work to.  7. Landscapers are appointed to implement your design, and managed either my myself or you.  8. Project completion. Development suggestions and schedule supplied, and you may choose to appoint development gardeners.

THE DESIGN PROCESS

I believe in radical transparency. The design process should not be a mystery nor overwhelming. Fees are agreed upfront and there are no hidden costs in my design work.

The basic steps in designing your garden are:

1. We meet and discuss your dreams for your garden, your budget, timelines, maintenance needs and inspiration.

2. I measure and survey your space. Large properties include a specialist survey from a trusted third party.

3. I map how people truly use the space. Large older properties may include historical research.

4. Your unique design is shared with you with rounds of changes as agreed. Plants and materials agreed.

6. The final design is drawn, along with technical drawing for contractors to work to.

7. Landscapers are appointed to implement your design, and managed either my myself or you.

8. Project completion. Development suggestions and schedule supplied, and you may choose to appoint development gardeners.

DOCUMENTS, DRAWINGS AND PLANS  You will see and receive a range of documents and drawings with your garden design.  The first is the flow diagram. These show how the space is truly used, or show how it will be used after re-design.  The garden design is the fun and creative part. This is where your new garden is depicted.  A technical planting plan will be supplied to your landscaper to implement the design. Your planting plan will also be useful for any maintenance gardeners that you appoint.  The above is a scale drawing with rough planting sketch for a small family garden in South-East London with steps, seating, paving, existing and new planting.

DOCUMENTS, DRAWINGS AND PLANS

You will see and receive a range of documents and drawings with your garden design.

The first is the flow diagram. These show how the space is truly used, or show how it will be used after re-design.

The garden design is the fun and creative part. This is where your new garden is depicted.

A technical planting plan will be supplied to your landscaper to implement the design. Your planting plan will also be useful for any maintenance gardeners that you appoint.

The above is a scale drawing with rough planting sketch for a small family garden in South-East London with steps, seating, paving, existing and new planting.


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