The garden consultation is a walk through your garden and a conversation about what’s there and what’s possible. During a consultation we’ll:
- review the site;
- establish priorities;
- establish goals and budget;
- determine how to proceed.
The consultation is an idea-generating and information-gathering meeting between you and designer. It’s an opportunity for you to see your garden through ‘new eyes.’ You control the meeting by concentrating on any aspect of your property.
Selecting the right plants for the right place in your garden can save you money and frustration. Buying expensive plants which grow too quickly or slowly or fail to thrive in the chosen location can cost you money, time and spoil the effect you are trying to achieve.
Examples of what to expect during your consultation include:
- identification of and care tips for existing plant materials;
- determination of plants worth saving or suggested removals;
- recommendations for in-fill plants;
- ways to revise lawn or plant bed shapes;
- ideas for dealing with drainage problems;
- discussion of ways to improve your soil.
Preparing for your consultation
Take this opportunity to make and share lists of favourite plants or inspirational photographs from magazines, depict the mood you’d like your garden to evoke, describe elements you’d like your garden to include — a water feature, structures, native plants, edibles, a secluded retreat, or a moonlight garden. This is the time to begin thinking about the level of maintenance you expect and the size of budget you have in mind.
It is important for you to spend some time thinking about your garden and how it can be integrated into your lifestyle prior to our first meeting. After the consultation, I’ll make a comprehensive report including referrals for arborists, contractors or other professionals.
If you need further design services or plans, I’ll take the notes from our consultation to use as a guide. I’ll need to spend additional time to gather any needed site measurements and photos of the area(s) to be designed. I’ll provide an estimate for the amount of time needed to design your project and calculate a projected completion date.