the design process

Yes.  Elaine charges fees for her services.  Good design pays for itself and a well laid out garden adds to the value of your property.  It’s worth it.  She will hold your hand through the process and will be acting independently in your interest to get the best deals and advise on ways to keep the build costs under control.  She just wants to create beautiful gardens and would love you to give her the opportunity.

initial meeting - outline brief – fee proposal

At our first meeting I can determine the scope of the work and get an outline brief and discuss the project budget.  This allows me to estimate the amount of time I will need to spend working on the project and thereby advise you on the likely design fee.  I don’t charge for this initial meeting, it’s your chance to decide if you like me!

site survey and analysis – detailed brief

If you decide to proceed I prepare a detailed brief.   I like to spend more time chatting with you to get a clear idea of your particular requirements, tastes and lifestyle.  I then carry out a detailed survey and analysis of the site, accurately measuring relevant existing features and levels.

Outline conceptual sketches

Based on the survey information I next prepare fairly simple pencil sketches and mood boards, showing potential styles and layouts.  I explain my ideas and discuss with you the relevant merits of each.

Finished master plan

Once we agree on the conceptual layout and style I produce a finished, labelled scale plan either in black and white or colour rendered, as preferred.  3D projections or elevation drawings can be helpful in communicating ideas and these can also be prepared if required.

Construction drawings  & planting plans

For large projects and/or complex features it will be necessary to prepare detailed construction drawings for landscapers and associated specialist trades to work to.  Planting plans can also be prepared detailing the position, size and quantity of plants to be used, with botanical names.

Contract documentation

Technical specifications, bills and schedules can be prepared for formal tendering.

Project inspection

Once a suitable landscaper has been appointed I can help with general liaison, visiting the site to check the progress of work and advising on quality of materials and workmanship.


I love going back to see how a garden is “maturing” and am happy to come and advise on pruning, weed control and general maintenance – and take some photos!