Perhaps you need...
A considered design space - stylish, neat , with order and structure to create impact with exuberant bursts of colour, making a strong statement with dramatic lighting, sculptures and water features
A practical family space to breathe, entertain, relax to be at one with nature all year round, a garden supporting bees, butterflies, a place to enjoy bird-song and local wildlife
An elegant, tranquil refuge to soothe, bringing a sense of peace and harmony
Selina will guide you through the process, taking the time to listen and to understand what your requirements are and the ambiance you want to create. She will carefully assess the garden’s current merits, using her creative problem solving and design skills to achieve your garden’s full potential and produce your perfect outdoor space.
The first step
Please phone to discuss your garden and to arrange an initial Garden consultation. This is typically a 1.5-2 hours and gives you the opportunity to meet Selina and discuss your garden, explaining your needs and requirements. I will give an initial assessment of the key features of your garden and
advice on budget and the best approach. There is an £80 fee for this meeting plus travel expenses (if significant). Following this meeting I will be able to send you an estimate for the design fees. If you don't need a redesign but would like some
practical advice on how to make the most of your existing garden, a slightly longer garden visit and a follow up written report should be enough to enable you to "see the wood from the trees". The fee for this service is £160 for a typical suburban plot. VAT is not applicable for design fees.
Full brief - requirements for your garden are written down and agreed by you. This ensures that I understand what you want to achieve with your new garden. Your own likes and dislikes, style preferences and particular needs are recorded.
Site survey and analysis – Depending on the size and complexity of the site a qualified surveyor can be appointed to undertake the survey. I will analyse the garden’s best features, views and discuss your favourite areas. I will take photos; assess the atmosphere, the setting and surroundings.
Concept feedback session - This is an opportunity to discuss initial ideas and get your feedback. This helps to refine the design and confirm that I am on the right track.
A water coloured final design – scale plan and sketch and visuals are presented to you. Original watercolour work can be purchased and framed if desired.
The detail of the hard landscaping is defined and technical drawings and specification written. Planting plans are produced to scale. All are agreed with you, samples of materials to be used and images of key plants are shown to you for approval.
Planting Plan & Schedule
The Planting Plan shows the location and spacing of all the plants, both new and existing, in the design. The accompanying Plan Schedule lists the plant names, sizes and quantities and is used for costing, ordering and setting out the plants.
I work with a select number of trusted landscaping contractors and will monitor work against the design. Build timescales will be agreed between the client and the contractor. The quality of the build and the materials used is checked against the specification. The highest standard of soil preparation is specified in order that the plants get the best possible start. Plant selection. All the plants used are sourced from specialist nurseries to ensure that the highest standard is delivered. Planting – plants are laid out by the contractor and are checked and adjusted as necessary by the designer before they
Dependant on the size of the garden and the complexity of the build my design fees are between 10%-12% of the total build costs. Survey costs, obtaining quotes, monitoring the build and sourcing plants is charged in addition to the design fee and are charged at my hourly rate. Gardens typically cost between £10,000-£50,000 to complete.