landscape design

Our naturalistic, plant-driven approach does not mean a messy or an unorganized garden scheme. Rather, the layout of a garden of ours is very structured; softened by mass plantings, layered with structural elements and dense understory plantings, covering all available soil. Our designs have ecological function while being aesthetically engaging and elegant. Using a combination of native straight species and cultivated ornamentals, our designs are contemporary, stylized reinterpretations of natural areas. Everything we produce is hand-drawn, individualized to site conditions and client preferences, and created using classic design principles.

 

We install all of our plant material and can handle small-scale construction. We have relationships with multiple landscape contractors that we trust and recommend for any largescale construction that we are unable to do ourselves, and can act as project managers when necessary. We also offer design and consulting for DIY gardeners and can design a plan that works with any budget.

 

We design bespoke garden elements like furniture, planters and water features; working with highly talented fabricators, carpenters and other artisans for a completely one of a kind garden. 

Our process….. 

 

Customer brief 

Our process begins by creating a customer brief. This can take place over email, by filling out our questionnaire, or in person during the site survey. We will take into consideration all of the needs and wishes of our clients, address or mitigate any potential problem areas, and create a brief that will be the basis for the design.

 

Site survey

We will survey the site to assure that we have accurate measurements for the design. All site conditions and potential problems will be evaluated. 

 

Develop concept

Shortly after our site survey, an initial conceptual rendering is sent out in order to gather the clients feedback before moving forward. 

 

Master plan

Once the concept is agreed upon, we will add in all of the details and specifications for the final master plan. This will include a hand-drawn colored rendering. It can also include construction drawings, planting schemes and other technical specifications when necessary.

 

Build  

We install the plant material for every project. If construction is too large for us to handle, we can act as project manager if necessary. We have a list of trusted landscape contractors that we have worked with on many projects, so finding the right contractors is never a problem. 

 

Management/maintenance 

Unfortunately, landscape management strategies are too often overlooked. It can be overwhelming to maintain a naturalistic garden during the first couple of years. We always encourage clients to hire us for at least one year of maintenance to assure that the plant installation reaches full potential. We also offer free email consulting for clients during the first year of growth after a garden installation. We can train a team or client to properly maintain a planting.

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