The Design Process

After contacting me, an inital meeting will be arranged to take a first look at your garden and discuss your requirements and taste preferences. There will also be an opportunity for you to be talked through the design process and to look at my portfolio. Following this meeting, you will be sent a written quotation for at least the first stages of any design work.

This initial consultation is free of charge if your garden lies within a 10 mile radius of Henley-on-Thames. For prospective clients who live further afield, a small charge is levied for this consultation, but will be reimbursed if a design is subsequently commissioned.

Please call for further information.

Site Survey

Before any design work can be initiated, an accurate survey of the existing garden is required. This will probably be undertaken by Helen, but in the case of large or complex sites, by a land surveyor.

Outline Plan

The proposed layout of the garden is presented as an outline plan. This plan serves as the basis for further discussions, to which agreed amendments may be made.

Other Drawings

Construction drawings and specifications of garden structures may be required, in addition to more detailed layout plans, cross-sections and elevations. It is from these documents that the contractor will cost, set out and construct the garden.

Planting Plans and Plant Schedule

The location and spacing of all plants to be used in the design are presented on a planting plan.

This is accompanied by a plant schedule which lists the names, quantities and sizes of the plants required. These documents are used by the client or contractor for ordering the plants and planting them in the correct locations.

Project Monitoring

The implementation and monitoring of construction and planting contracts can be undertaken from initiation through to completion, if required.

Although these services can be offered as a complete package, some clients may wish to implement the design and/or carry out the planting themselves. In these cases, detailed drawings, planting plans and project monitoring may not be required.