Design Process

Blueprint of a landscape

The first step to a new landscape design is an initial meeting at your home. We walk through your property discussing area of scope, what you like and don’t like about your garden, etc. We’ll go over a few prior designs so that you will know what to expect as a final product. You’ll answer a short questionnaire to get us talking and thinking about what you want in a garden. Afterwards, I’ll mail you a contract with total cost for your design detailed out as well as a list of goals for me to achieve in your design.

Now we really get started! After receiving a retainer payment (usually 1/3 of the total cost), I return to your property to take measurements and before photos. I take this information and create a base map, an “as is” drawing of your garden. Using this base map, I create “tissue drawings” (pencil sketches on translucent paper) of 3 major concepts for your new space. We meet again and I show you these concepts. We discuss what you like and what you don’t like of each concept; maybe you really like the shape of the patio in version A, but the water feature in concept C is much more to your liking. That’s just fine, as I make those adjustments in the final plan.

I return to my computer and draw your final plan, taking into consideration all that we talked about in our concept meeting. Each plant is counted and labeled; Each hardscape detail (fencing, pathways, patios, decks, retaining walls) is noted and labeled. Containers are placed on the drawing, as well as areas for art/sculpture if you wish. A complete plant list is included for shopping convenience (either by you or your contractor). When I’m finished, we meet again, and I present the final plan to you.

Your beautiful garden is ready to come to life!

Payment schedule: 1/3 retainer payment before I begin. 1/3 payment at our concept meeting when I present the “tissue drawings” 1/3 payment (remainder) at the final plan presentation.


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