• Phoebe Aubury

What Is the Garden Design Process Like?

It may seem obvious to some, but even those who 'get' garden design might miss the intricacies!

"Garden Designers make gardens look great, right?"

Right... but so much more!

Design Elements

Design, Art, Horticulture, Architecture, History, Business, Environment, Survey, Landscaping, Site Analysis, Computer Aided Design, Trends & Styles, Technology, Project Management, Supplier Relations, Customer Service, Sustainability, Research. The list of elements that go into your garden could go on!

When you hire a garden designer you get a package, someone who doesn't just do one job, but who wears many hats and has expertise and training in many fields. If we take the above list as a basic checklist of skills then we could break it down a little further to understand how many things are really going on in the design, for example;

Art: Shape, Size, Perspective, Colour, Texture, Form, Mass, Style, composition.

Horticulture: Botany, Plant Science, Seasonal Changes, Exposure, Plant Care, Aesthetics, Conditions, Location, Arrangement, Soil Science.

Fundamentally garden design is a symbiosis of Art, Gardening and Architecture, but as you see the job is nuanced and has many more subtle requirements. So, when you hire a garden designer rest assured that you are getting more than just a pretty garden - you are getting a wealth of skills and knowledge, in some cases niche and specialist.

The Design Process:

The design process essentially moves through a flow of work from consultation brief, to planning, to concept plants, final plans and then finally implementation. The garden designer will be able to proffessionally guide you through the process tailoring thier services to your requirements and budget. In the initial stages the garden designer will take care to find out in depth details about your needs and lifestyle, this will inform the type of design and garden that you will require. After this they should be able to take you through your different options and also inspire you it the different possibilities for your space. Then the designer will apply thier skills and knowledge to design and present the concept plans, the concept plans outline the key structure and feel of the garden with artistic representations of how it would look along with reference information about how the garden suits your needs. Once the concept plas have been agreed the final plans will begin to take shape, this is a much more technical part of the process where exact materials, finishes and features will be settled. Many of the final plans become working documents for the contractor to implement the desgin, for example hard landscaping plans and setting out plans. They should be technically drawn and to scale so that the contrator can create the garden using the plans.

In most cases the designer will then go to tender and project manage the build to completion but in some cases the process is adapted and varied to suit a particular needs, for instance if the garden project was a self build then the designer would be involved in a different way though the latter part of the build.

Natural Design Studio

In our case our primary specialisms are sustainability and wellbeing, all of our key skills are complimented by the ability to contextualise in terms of the wellbeing of humans and the planet, so working with us guarantees that personal and environmental health is placed at the heart of the design. We will take into account your lifestyle, physical and psychological needs and design the garden to support and improve day to day living. Capitalising upon the potential of your garden to promote the things that make you happy and live well. The potential of a garden to add value to people’s lives is mostly unrealised, but a garden can and value to your life in every sense, monetary value, health value, experiential, social value.

At Natural Design Studio we specialise in designing gardens that improve the wellbeing of clients by using a holistic approach.”

So get in touch and get inspired about the ways in which garden design can improve your living, and also be a part of a better more sustainable world.

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