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Employing a Garden Designer

Having thought about what you want from a garden, you may wish to employ a garden designer who can help you put your plans into reality, and assist with the entire process.

Plan Ahead – Decide what level of contribution you want from the designer. Are you looking for them to transform your garden with your approval, or do you simply want consultation on a design you produced yourself? Will you be carrying out practical labour alone, or require professional assistance? Knowing what you want in advance will expedite the design process, and if you’re simply unsure where to start a good designer will have some bright ideas to suggest.

Check Their Work – All professionals will have a portfolio available for viewing online, or at your request. You may wish to contact more than one designer to view the quality of their work, and see if their personal style resonates with what you want to achieve.

Phone Ahead – Ensure the designer fully understands what kind of work you’re looking for, whether it’s consultancy or a comprehensive design, along with the possibility of project management and on-going garden maintenance. Being clear about what you initially require will help the quotation process considerably.

Most importantly, you should be choosing a designer who produces consistent, high quality work at a reasonable fee. But remember to select someone you can work with. The outline design may be revised as constructing a garden is a highly creative process, and you’ll likely be working close together. The Society of Garden Designers is an excellent source for locating professionals, though personal recommendations also remain a tried and true method of locating good work. We provide a contractors list on our website  if you are seeking garden designers and people who can plant.

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