Our Process

SOUNDS, SCENT, EMOTIVE RESPONSES…
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Your design begins when we
meet at the site.

Your design begins when we meet at the site. Observations occur and not just visually. Sounds, scent, emotive responses…We walk over your land, get to know each other and talk. I learn about your family – how you will use the garden, your plans, expectations and dreams.

THE TEAM RECORDS SITE DETAILS.
Returning to our studio

After returning to the studio I prepare a fee proposal

that outlines the process and fee structure.

Architectural drawings and a current survey are requested.

The team records site details.

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LATER BACK AT THE STUDIO
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A colour concept drawing is designed

Later back at the studio, the site plan is prepared. At least two designers – sometimes three sit around a table and work on your drawing simultaneously, throwing ideas back and forth. A lot of coffee is consumed…and then the resulting pencil hieroglyphs are transformed on the computer to a colour concept drawing.

DIGEST AND COMPREHEND YOUR DESIGN
A concept drawing is presented
to you at the studio

Ideally this concept drawing is presented to you at the studio, where we can walk around the garden and show you many of the plant suggestions growing. This colour concept drawing is yours to take home along with a booklet that has every one of our plant selections in it with images and cultivation and maintenance notes. You will have time to digest and comprehend your design and it’s implications. This is when you ask questions, and then with your approval the working drawings commence.

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We can oversee the project onsite

We’re not landscape contractors, but can usually recommend one that we believe will suit you best. The teams we work with on a regular basis earn our respect. If needs be we can visit the project at an hourly rate at appointed times.

ADVISE AND RECOMMEND WAYS TO CONTINUALLY IMPROVE
Contact us at least once a year
to meet on site

We derive lots of satisfaction from seeing `our’ gardens grow and suggest you contact us at least once a year to meet on site where we can advise and recommend ways to continually improve your garden – to take it to the next level as it matures and develops.

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