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Typical design 1 - before photo
Before photo

Explore–During our free consultation, we listen to your goals, inspirations, and ideas, and answer any questions you may have. Together, we’ll explore ways to help you reach your garden dreams, keeping your garden budget in mind. If we are a good fit, you may choose to commission us to provide plans that accurately represent the creative vision we develop together.


Study–In order to provide you with honest answers that meet your unique needs, we’ll take an accurate topographic survey to provide the real-world foundation for the planning process. We’ll also keep in mind the community, climate, soils, and environment which frame your home and garden.


Typical design 2 - plan view construction drawings
CAD 2-D plan for pool terrace garden

Design–Our first draft of your garden plan is a scaled CAD drawing showing an overhead view. Working from your primary viewing perspectives we preserve major vistas, create new views, and discuss strategies to obscure undesirable elements. Here, we address the optimum sizing for all parts of the garden–for example, how large a patio, how many steps are needed in stairs, and where should the walkways be placed?

Contour lines describe the existing soil elevations and proposed grade changes. With this information, we plan how to move surface water away from your home and control its movement through your property. Where appropriate, we recapture as much of the rainwater as suitable for your garden’s soils.

Our plans show initial sizes of new plants and allowances made for growth, informed by our real-world experience in garden maintenance. This information has tremendous value; rather than throw out your landscape often because of poor planning, you will own a garden that grows in beauty and value with each successive phase.


Typical design 3 - 3-d visualization screen capture
3-D visualization of proposed garden

3-D Visualization–Would you like to see how the new garden ideas will look from your picture window? For custom gardens, 3-D visualization is the closest thing to a test drive. If you choose this option, you can ‘walk’ through your proposed garden and see each part with striking realism, including lighting changes at different times of day or night. Our 3-D design option allows all of us—client, designer, and crews—to clearly communicate our expectations.

Some clients can “see” a proposed change in their home or garden in their minds “eye”. For those who want a more visual representation of the new spaces, this new capability is an affordable confirmation that their investment will be a delight.


Typical design 4 - after photo
After photo: dreams realized

Enjoyment–The reward for the time and investment in thoughtful planning is in the joy of use and stewardship. “I appreciated our home before we built our new garden addition, but I am surprised at how much more I love our home now that I can enjoy the garden from each window.” “I love coming home, walking in the garden and looking forward to the next season’s unfolding view.” “Twenty-five years later, our garden just keeps getting better.” These comments from clients are the measure by which we judge our success. We invite you to plan your garden with us!

Contact Us to begin your garden design conversation!