Designing Your Custom Garden
Creating a custom garden is as much about your needs and tastes as it is about landscape design. Your ideas are vital to the process that includes three meetings with Judy, the initial meeting, a meeting to review the design concept and a meeting to present the final drawing. The first step to designing your custom garden is to meet with Judy so she can learn about the people in your household. This gives her the opportunity to listen to your requests and needs, including what outdoor activities need to be accommodated. Once Judy has met with you and seen the site, she will discuss design fees with you.
Once Judy has met with you to get your ideas, she considers views of the house and landscape from the street and neighboring homes as well as from inside of the home. She factors in site characteristics such as size and shape of the lot, exposure (to sun, shade, wind, rain and snow), soils, slope, neighborhood, style of house, utility access and existing plants before creating a design concept. Judy also photographs the site and takes measurements of existing features so she can draw an accurate base map. Existing drawings, house plans, site plans and GPS images add to the information she uses.
After collecting that information, Judy uses a computer-aided design program, Vectorworks, which facilitates the drawing process and allows for easy revisions and changes. The base map is the basis of the design, insuring that the design will fit the lot, enhance the house, and create a beautiful and comfortable yard using suitable plants, paths, hard surfaces, garden structures, outdoor lighting and water features.
Judy prepares a concept drawing that incorporates your needs and her ideas. She meets with you to review the concept and discuss any revisions and additions needed. She, then, creates a final drawing and plant list for the project, presents it to you at the third meeting and discusses options for implementation of the plan.