There usually comes a time when we look around our garden and think, ‘What next’? You might have a pretty good idea of the kind of garden you want but don’t know how to make it happen. After all, who really knows what all those plants will look like in 5, 10 or 20 years’ time? And how do you change the shapes, levels and layout? Well, that’s where a garden designer comes in. So, where to start and how do you find a good garden designer?
How to Find a Garden Designer
A good place to start is asking your friends and neighbours. Personal recommendations from people you trust go a long way. Next, follow up any strong recommendations by visiting recent projects that the designer has completed. Have a look around and see if you can ask the owners about their experience. Of course, you’ll find plenty of garden designer options on the internet. Look out for solid reviews and recent work examples.
What Does a Garden or Landscape Designer Do?
Garden designers bring thorough horticultural knowledge to a project. They also provide creative flair grounded in the practicalities of structural landscaping. The process will start with a face-to-face consultation. Here, the designer will establish your wants and needs and try to understand your expected outcomes. They’ll then return with a garden design based on your initial consultation. At this stage, you can choose to go forward a number of ways. Simply keep the design and DIY the ideas, or get the designer to implement the plan either partially or fully, including landscape contractors. By talking with your designer about the various levels of service, you decide what’s best for you.
How Much Does a Garden Design Cost?
Design cost varies greatly depending on the size of the project, the number of design elements involved and the level of involvement of the designer. So, a simple plan maybe a few hundred dollars but a full-blown structural landscaping plan for acreage will be much more. Essentially, good garden designers are professionals who offer a great service for a fair fee.