We provide a friendly and prompt service. Your initial consultation will be with our principal designer, Jacquie Chirgwin. The charge for this is usually $100 + GST although a travel charge may also apply. Please enquire regarding a pensioner discount. . During this consultation the services available will be explained and Jacquie will gain an understanding of the overall brief for the garden and an impression of your property and the scope of the work required. She will confirm with the you the level of service you require so that following this visit a personalised quote for the design and associated work can be drawn up and e-mailed to you.
This could include for example identification of plants, maintenance advice, suggestions for what to remove and for new planting. Depending on the size of the garden this might be a 1-3 hour meeting and would be accompanied by a written report including if necessary simple sketches to show planting ideas.
This includes pruning, trimming, weeding, plant removal, soil improvement, mulching, planting, general tidying up etc. This is either as a one off clean up or ongoing maintenance. For major renovation work we would recommend engagement of a landscape contractor.
There are two levels, depending on the scale of the project:
This level is only suitable for projects that require no or minimal changes to the layout and hard landscaping of the garden and includes a sketched plan roughly to scale. This will indicate plants to be removed and new plants to be included; details for top dressings for paths and mulching; suggested garden features etc.
The first step is to develop the design brief. This involves getting to know you and your preferences and together formulating the overarching goals of the project. As much detail as possible should be included. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire that will help to focus you on important considerations for the garden; it is often a good idea for you to collect pictures from magazines or take photographs of other gardens you have liked. This is an important phase and might take some time; investing some of your time on researching this is well worth it!. The next step is measurement and assessment of the site, including levels and soil testing. A site survey at additional cost may be required if levels are complex.
Following these steps Jacquie will develop a 'Concept Design' and will then meet with you to discuss. The design will be hand drawn to scale, coloured and will provide a basic indication of hard landscaping and planting plans. Elevations may be included to show level changes and overall effects.
Any required changes to the Concept Design will be incorporated and the 'Final Design' documentation will then be developed. This will provide a hard landscaping plan with elevation drawings and construction details, a detailed planting plan and a plant list indicating plant characteristics and numbers required. An additional fee will be required for council permits, engineering recommendations or other professional advice. The final design drawings and specification documents are suitable for a landscape contractor for quoting and garden construction or for you to follow to construct the garden yourselves if preferred
We can undertake the gardening side of construction and can arrange quotes for the work required to construct the built elements of your new garden with appropriate landscape contractors. Alternatively you may source your own contractor or build the garden yourselves. Once the contractor is chosen we recommend that we liaise with the contractor through construction and personally source plants and undertake their placement and planting in the garden, together with other 'finishing touches'. Other materials and features will be sourced as required. A written report regarding establishment and maintenance schedules for the plants is available for an additional fee.
We are able to find almost any plant that is available for gardeners in Australia at the best price. We are also very happy to advise regarding landscaping materials (such as paving, exposed aggregate etc), features and garden art and source as required.