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Getting a garden design to follow?

Just curious about how to go about getting a garden plan from an expert to follow. Maybe a design with landscaping that's possible for the homeowners to do with a planting plan.

An established garden with a few issues namely paths are not very good (gravel on a slope that's basically going to flow down to the patio),  gaps created by shrubs and trees that needed to be removed,  etc.

I assume most garden or landscape designers will want to do the work too I order to make more out of the job. We won't have the money to do a proper job with an expert doing it all. However a possibility is a more basic option than the expert might do that at could manage in our first garden.

Any advice or suggestions? What to ask for / how to approach the expert about the job? 


  • zugeniezugenie Posts: 787
    I’ve definitely seen it as option, I think if you can find a garden designer rather than a company that carries out the work you may have more luck! But it’s probably just going to be a case of asking
  • Maybe give your local horticultural college a call to see if students are taking on 'projects'?
    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 

    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
  • There's a little garden centre in the nearest town that the owners seem to offer a design service too. In our village there's a landscaping company,  one main guy,  that has a good rep locally.  A friend used him and they know a few others who have too. Although they got him to do the work too. I think we're going to try him first. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,049
    "Back in the day " I often supplied Garden Design Plans for clients .
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,420
    Personal recommendation is always the best thing l think. 
    Also a designer who listens to any suggestions you may have and doesn't dismiss them out of hand, but tweaks them.
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,274
    Try asking on for recommendations for people who’ll design only.

     Garden centres local to us often have notice boards where garden service providers pin their business cards. And, though I have never seen this before, maybe you could pin your own request on the board asking for recommendations.
    Rutland, England
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