This is where it all begins, envisaging a fuller richer complete response to how you want to live and experience being in your garden.
- Do a little digging – what memories do you have around gardens, what memories are you looking to create? Family gatherings, playing, holidays, friends, food and laughter, sun warmed fruit off the trees, secret spaces or relaxing with a book and a cuppa (heaven).
- Check out my checklist.
- Look through those inspirational magazines and at my pinterest page and create your own board of ideas.
Take the first step to making your vision a reality and tell your story. Clarifying what you want from your garden informs the project. We can then discuss costs and budget. We’re here to help. Book a time to meet, let’s share ideas. Innovation changes everything, resolution is sweet!
The Design Process
We meet at your place so that together we can develop a brief. I listen to your ideas, your wish list and your requirements. We discuss what functions you require of the spaces around your home and take into consideration the architecture of the house, the elements, privacy requirements and how you like to spend your time.
At this meeting we also need to discuss the budget that you have available to create the landscape. This is an important step at this stage as it enables me to design effectively within it and shapes the project.
Please provide a copy of the Site Plan (house elevations & drainage plans if available) at this meeting. Meeting rate is $100.00 p/hr with travel at $50.00 p/hr + g.s.t.
From this meeting I formulate a quote for the Concept Plan and/or Planting Plans.
I send a letter detailing the conversation we had at the Initial Consultation along with a request for approval to go ahead with the development of the Concept Plan and/or Planting Plan. A fifty percent deposit is required upon acceptance of the quote and before any design work is started.
Measurements and photos are taken of the areas to be designed.
Topography, soil, drainage, wind, sun, views and privacy considerations are noted. Placement of existing vegetation and structures onto the Site Plan if required. Identify the opportunities and constraints present.
Please note; if the plan is inaccurate or levels are required there is a fee for site measurement. Hourly rate, travel, plus equipment hire.
At the drawing board I develop a preliminary plan drawn to scale based on the brief. This will clearly convey the overall theme of the design showing the layout of hard landscape and constructed elements, materials and areas of planting.
A plant palette is created for the Planting Plan.
This is an opportunity for client and designer to review and discuss the Preliminary Plan, materials and design intention and to make any changes if required.
If changes are made to the initial brief at this time, revised work is chargeable at the hourly rate.
At the drawing board I incorporate any changes made during our meeting.
The plan will provide notes for a qualified landscape contractor to carry out the construction e.g steps, heights for retaining etc.
The Concept Plan will indicate the materials and finishes e.g., paved area, decking, tiling etc. It may show the group arrangements of trees and shrubs. It will not specify the type or quantity of plants.
Further working drawings/construction details may be required for custom elements or council and can be quoted for and arranged after the concept design.
A pdf file is provided for the client and contractors.
Images of plants and ideas are supplied to visualise the design.
Final payment for plans is made at this time.
Communication between designer, client and contractor.
Once the plans are complete Seed can arrange the realisation of your garden.
We work in partnership with select landscape contracting companies chosen for their craftsmanship who can confidently build from your Concept Plan and can provide a comprehensive quote for the job. We go over the plan onsite and discuss what is required for the build process. Referrals are provided so you can talk to past clients about their experience in dealing with the company along with images and examples of their work that you can physically view for your peace of mind.
Clients can confidently choose from the contractors who have provided quotes and any queries can be addressed before engagement. Copies of up to date Indemnity insurance details and Landscape NZ Affiliation are provided.
Specification and sourcing on select materials, colours and finishes and any custom designed elements are finalised with the client at this stage and information is communicated to the contractors for their quoting information. I recommend contractors for engineering, metalwork, stonework and lighting. Further working drawings may be required for builders or council.
During construction I am in communication with site visits, phone calls and e-mails with the contractors and client to ensure the integrity of the design is being carried out and the build is informed. Comprehensive progress reporting and documentation is supplied.
Our entire experience with Seed Landscapes was fantastic. Donna’s expert advice was well appreciated. She is professional, clearly knows her trade, is prompt and clear with communication and is a lovely person. We needed our plants by a deadline and Donna achieved this making it an easy process. I dread to think of all the hours we spent at garden centres trying to organise the plants ourselves thinking it would save money – my advice… leave it to the experts at Seed Landscapes!!
CLARE AND SCOTT, EPSOM
We continue to be amazed at how we are now so attracted to and utilize so often a part of our property that previously was completely unavailable to us. We love the new perspective across the pool, leaping in from the deck is also enjoyed by some – we have a chimney and old kauri table and it is a delight to see our sons and their girlfriends enjoying our new garden under the stars.
Fran and Vic, Birkenhead
Donna has done an excellent job of the landscaping of our new home. We are delighted with the result. She is professional in her approach and knowledgeable in her area of expertise. We felt we could rely on her advice and liked her suggestions. She was speedy in responding to our questions and she quickly gained our trust. We would not hesitate to recommend her services and will use her again when the situation arises.
ANNE AND REMKO, REMUERA
Donna was fantastic! Punctual and attentive, she listened carefully and her service was excellent. The plan we received was comprehensive, she catered to our requirements in every way and offered suggestions for changes to suit our budget. We would have no hesitation in recommending Donna for any landscaping project.
LYNN AND NEIL, HERNE BAY
Thanks Donna for the highly efficient and professional service. I contacted Seed on Friday, Donna came to see us on the Monday and by Wednesday we had a detailed drawing outlining what plants are best where and also pictures of what species looked like. I would highly recommend Donna to anyone. Thanks 🙂
Donna had so many great ideas on plants, many that never would have occurred to me to select. The whole garden came together really well and I couldn’t be more happy with the result. Donna’s follow through was fantastic.
JAN, MT ALBERT
Donna has landscaped five properties for me over the last four years. Donna has proven herself very capable over taking a brief from someone with no landscaping knowledge and turning this into a well conceived plan, that often exceed what I had envisaged. Donna sticks to budgets and completes the projects on time. I would highly recommend Seed Landscapes to anyone considering a landscaping project.
TONY CUTELLI, AMC HOLDINGS LTD
We are delighted with our new garden which is constantly changing with the different seasons. It makes the most of the available space and provides an area of peace and tranquility. The garden looks wonderful at night with lighting providing a relaxing atmosphere for barbeques and entertaining – something all the family can enjoy. We would highly recommend Donna as a professional, creative and knowledgeable landscape designer.
CHRISTINE AND DAVE, ORAKEI
Donna and her team of contractors were fantastic. My expectation of timings and service were high, but Donna and her team managed the project and process extremely well. 1yr on from the redesign and the planting that was recommended and implemented have worked fabulously. As have all the other aspects of design. If you’re looking for a professional that works to achieve your goals in design, planting and importantly cost, give Donna a call.
GLEN AND REBECCA, HILLSBOROUGH
Donna responded quickly to my initial enquiry and her knowledge and professionalism was evident from the first meeting. Within the set timeframe Donna provided a comprehensive and detailed plan covering all aspects of the design e.g plants, garden preparation and post planting care as well as hard landscaping and additional suggestions to consider. The quality of the plan was first class and she was happy to discuss any parts I didn’t understand or needed help with. The design met all my criteria and the value Donna provides is exceptional. I highly recommend Donna’s services.