If you aren’t sure where to begin or have a list of specific questions, then a consultation may be the place to start.
I’ll come for a walk-and-talk with you in your garden, ranging from 1-2 hours, and offer you preliminary design approach ideas.
This may lead to a specific design program, or follow up with specific plant recommendations and other resources.
Not sure if you need a landscape design or just an hourly consult? Contact me to determine what may be the best fit.
Site analysis and base mapping
Conceptual design development
Preliminary Landscape Master Plan
Construction support drawings
I’ll help you evaluate and compare bid proposals and choose the right contractor(s).
Working with your preferred contractor, I’ll make regular site visits during installation to help answer questions, address modifications and help ensure the design intent is accurately brought to life.
Plant placement direction
I’ll help review accuracy and health of plants on-site, and guide placement before they go in the ground.
Even when your contractor’s work is done, mine isn’t. I’ll assist you to find a skilled maintenance gardener and help you understand how your garden will perform over time.
"So, how does the design process work?"
Getting to Know You
After an initial phone conversation, I’ll meet you in your space and begin listening to your hopes and dreams for your garden. Together we'll determine the scope of work for the project based on your site, goals and budget. I’ll follow up with a written proposal summarizing our meeting and an agreement outlining fees and deliverables. The initial consultation typically takes 1-2 hours and costs $200.
This includes a full site analysis to understand the current ecological conditions, documenting challenges and opportunities that support the site-specific design process. If you have an existing survey or blueprints from a home remodel, I can use these to create a site map for the design.
I’ll present drawings and seek your feedback on programmatic elements, with a living landscape in mind. This includes working with nature to create play areas, patios, walkways, driveways, decks, shade structures, water features, outdoor kitchens, retaining walls, planting areas, climate-smart irrigation systems, and dark-sky-friendly lighting.
Preliminary Master Landscape Plan
With revisions based on your feedback to the Conceptual Design, you’ll then receive a Preliminary Master Landscape Plan rooted in the language of your specific site. This includes the documentation you need to solicit competitive bids from landscape contractors.