Design Process

The design process starts with a site analysis and client meeting to share inspiration and vision of the project.

During this meeting, we’ll discuss the following:

  • elements and features you want to be included in the design such as water features, outdoor kitchens, decks, patios, guest parking, walkways, pergolas, and other options specific to your property
  • your likes and dislikes of different plants
  • the use of your outdoor space
  • your favorite colors
  • your plans for maintenance
  • digital assets needed to develop the plan such as your plat(property survey), HOA rules, etc…

After the design meeting, the landscape design is developed and the completed plan is presented via Zoom, usually within 2-3 weeks. After the plan presentation, revisions, if any, are completed and sent to the client.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I can I get a price for a garden plan?

Every project is unique and each plan is truly a custom plan. Most of the time I can gather enough information during the phone consultation to quote a price. In rare cases, I might need more information before quoting a price. Use the appointment scheduler (click here) to schedule a free phone consultation.

Do you offer design services in my area?

I offer design services throughout the South, serving the following states:

Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Do you work in person or remotely?

I work with clients both in-person and remotely. Some projects require on-site visits, most do not. I use Technology like Zoom to communicate with clients. Zoom has turned into a valuable tool for client meetings as it allows me to share designs, photos, and ideas in a way that isn’t possible in person. If you’re not familiar with Zoom, it’s free and super easy to use. I’ll even help you set it up. It’s like Facetime but enables me to share my computer screen.

How long have you been a garden designer?

I have over 25 years of experience designing landscapes throughout the Southeast, many of those years as the lead garden designer for Southern Living magazine. I’ve designed thousands of landscape lands all over the Southeast.

Do you work with HOA’s?

Yes, I have lots of experience navigating HOA landscape requirements during the design process and have even written a few of them for various homeowner associations.

Do you offer landscape installation or maintenance?

I create the design and offer consultation and project management. I can be involved as much or as little as you want. I can work in a project management capacity and manage every aspect of the installation from finding the right contractor to negotiating the installation costs to making sure gets implemented exactly as planned. Most importantly, I will ensure you get what you’re paying for. The fee for project management and consulting is based on the scope of the work.

Many of my clients are DIYers. I can guide you on how to implement the plan yourself in stages, whether you want to install the complete plan over a few seasons or years.

Do you work with small projects?

I work with properties of all sizes, from small townhome spaces, typical residential properties, sprawling estates, and even farm properties. I’ve even been known to work with “tiny gardens” such as a container garden plan for a balcony.

What if I don’t have a property survey map or plat?

A property survey, also called a plat, plays a very important role in the design. It’s used to develop a scaled map of your property in CAD software that’s used to create the landscape plan. If you don’t have access to yours, in most cases, I can use online services to obtain the information needed.

Got questions?

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