I am here to help if you feel that your garden “could do better” but you lack the knowledge or practical experience to tackle it alone. A Gardening by Design visit can supply design ideas, maintenance advice and a realistic plan whether you have a blank canvas, changing needs or a garden of established but unidentified plants.
As you talk me round the garden we will discuss what you have, what you want, what styles you do or do not like and how much time you will spend gardening. I will explain the practical impact of soil type, orientation and surroundings and help you to identify plants and decide what to keep, what to prune and what to remove.
The agenda is all yours and visits can last as long as you like, but usually start with an hour for a small garden and one and a half to two hours for a larger garden. We will always discuss your requirement before a visit is scheduled and agree on the duration. It is generally better to have several shorter visits if you have a particularly challenging garden than one mega-session (recovery time for you and the garden!) and the cost is the same.
The visit fee includes a report with notes on our discussion, details of any plants identified or recommended and links to good sources of information from our conversation. If you want more help, I am very happy to supply an outline layout or a plant list and plan: the scope and cost of additional follow-up work will always be agreed in advance.
An hourly rate of £60 is charged for visits within the Tunbridge Wells & Sevenoaks area and for follow-up work that I do at home. You can get together with a few friends and share the cost of a visit to one of your gardens. If you live further afield, I may need to stipulate a minimum visit of 2 hours or add a little to the onsite visit fee for petrol and travelling time. Alternatively consultations work very well over the internet, email and telephone. Please contact me to discuss.
The ideal present for a gardener or ‘would-be gardener’ friend. You pay for the hour – or how ever long you want to give – and I will send you a smart voucher in an envelope ready to present to the lucky person. There is no time limit but the usual guidelines on the garden location apply.
What clients say
Planting suggestions for a small front garden
We found your visit very interesting and I am now fired up with the thoughts of a flower border, path and ‘woodland garden’. My frustration has now been replaced by enthusiasm and I look forward to sorting the garden out during the coming months. Thank you again for your report, it will be a good reminder of our discussions during your visit
A farmhouse garden with countryside views
Thank you so much for a very thorough and detailed report – lots of reading material and a lot to digest but plenty of ideas for me to think about, especially through the winter months.
Large, mature garden needing some renovation
We both enjoyed our tour round the garden with you. Thank you very much for sending the notes and recommendations. We look forward to reading, digesting and implementing your suggestions and will certainly come back to you with any further questions