Alison provides the inspiration and design expertise to draw out the full potential of your garden.

She will work with you to create a garden design that reflects your personal style and practical needs; a garden that is perfect for you and one which will add value to your home and bring you years of enjoyment.

Alison’s goal is to guide you through the design process and ensure you are happy with the end result.

The Design Process

Design Brief

The first stage in the process is a meeting to establish a “design brief“ by capturing your vision for your garden .  This is an opportunity to share your ideas and to discuss key elements of the design that are important to you.

Site Survey

A site survey may not sound very exciting but it is important. The purpose of the survey is to gather physical information needed to create your design. Getting the dimensions correct at this stage is critical to help the final build go as smoothly as possible.

Surveying a site includes measurement of boundaries, the physical position and dimensions of existing buildings, significant structures, trees and shrubs.

A good survey will identify less obvious but important points such as access covers, visible services and the surrounding area.   Features of neighbouring gardens, landscapes or buildings are important to take account of as they can have both a positive or a potentially negative impact

Concept Plans

With guidance from the Design Brief and knowledge from the survey, the design begins.   First there’s research delivered in the form of a Mood Board which is a collection of images to illustrate concepts, ideas and planting combinations. And secondly the creation of concepts for the new garden which are illustrated in both plan form and 3D perspectives

Presentation Plan

Once the concept has been agreed, Florence Gardening will finalise your design.  The final design is an accurate set of scale drawings which detail your garden including specification of hard landscaping materials. The drawings are generally referred to as the Presentation Plan.

Additional plans and documentation can be supplied such as “laying out plans”, specifications and scope of works to enable a contractor to carry out work to a defined specification.

Planting Plan

The Planting Plan brings a garden to life and transforms your garden structure. A well thought out scheme will ensure interest all year round, visually and through scent and touch.

Planting Plans can be created for a single bed or for the whole garden. They don’t have to be for a brand new design, they can be created to revive or complete areas of an existing garden.

The Build

Florence Gardening works with a number of local landscapers and will help you find the right contractor to build your garden. Overall project management can be provided if you so choose.