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Good afternoon Gardeners' World!

I'd like to find out what software people use for garden design? I've got enough spare time and computer no-how to get to grips with professional grade software but also interested to see what people use for amateur or quick drawings.

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  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,898

    Sorry Sam, I just used a pencil and paper.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Mel MMel M Posts: 347

    Same here. Pencil and paper to lay out my allotment for the comming season, taking into account plot rotation. Usually takes three or so attempts, mind, due to my uncontrolable urge to purchase seed at the drop of a hat!!

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,040

    We've had a couple of threads on this subject in the past, in fact I started one.  The concensus seems to be that there is nothing out there at a reasonable price that would suit the amateur gardener.  Unless someone has found something recentlyimage

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Pencil and paper. Mind you as someone who used to design oil refineries my garden designs work on a +/- 5mm tolerance.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,070

    Paper and  technical pencil, and a good scale rule - for obvious reasons image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,704

    hose pipe is essential for marking the shape of beds

    Never draw anything to scale.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • My OH is a software writer and when I asked him to write something for me he said anything that would be of any use would be too complicated for me to operate. image I hope that is a reflection of the complicated nature of the software and not the simplicity of my brain. image

    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,898


    I think the Luddites are winning so far.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • I think it is essential to know about plants first so that you can stick to the right plant, right place rule.  There are so many things to consider with garden design but there are a number of good books out there to help.  I have always found the computer programmes on design difficult.  I am not a young whiz kid on computers but I am not too bad.  If you do find a gardener friendly design programme I would be interested too.  Good luck

  • pete6pete6 Posts: 4

    I was taught on autocad in horticulture college, after pencil and a scale ruler of course. 

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