Inspiring Your Clients To Win More Work

During your initial paid, on-site consultation of around two hours you will have taken a careful tour of the garden, noting your (possibly unspoken) observations of positive and negative features and including as many site details as possible. You will have asked questions and taken photographs. You will have discussed your clients' wish list, any colour and plant preferences and dislikes, how and when the garden will be used and by whom. By the end of the first consultation you may already have a wondrous vision in your head of the stunning space you can create for your clients. With experience [...]

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Discovering Gold

Understanding The Golden Section in Landscape Design Whether or not you are good at, or interested in mathematics doesn't matter here. Read on. The golden ratio is a fascinating and immensely useful little bit of insider knowledge for designers creating garden plans and is also surprisingly straightforward to grasp, even for maths duffers like me. It is the mathematical relationship most often referred to as the golden ratio, the golden section, the golden mean, or simply phi. They all mean the same thing. It is a ratio of 1 to 1,618. This ratio can be discovered in many many forms - in nature, [...]

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Clients: First Contact

How To Deal With Garden Design Clients. Working with clients is of course a very personal thing and everyone will have different ways of approaching that all-important initial visit. However, these are some guidelines that I always try to follow and some observations that I have found endlessly useful. The first contact with your client may be by phone, email or your website's enquiry form. It may surprise you how very little understanding there is of what goes into producing professional, workable design plans. I've found that a fail-safe way to initiate prospective clients into the design [...]

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Nature As Inspiration in Garden Design

Designing with nature requires the designer to develop heightened awareness, not just of suitable plants for a specific location, but of climate, prevailing wind direction, exposure, aspect, gradient, soil type, indigenous vegetation, geology, threats from animals domestic and wild and the site’s general ambience and atmosphere. [...]

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Designing For Wildlife

Creating a Balance of Horticulture and Ecology The enemies of wild life gardens are mainly domestic: cats, dogs and  indifferent humans who may have no interest in preserving a balanced eco-system. However wildlife gardens have enormous educational value for adults and children as long as nature is not allowed to reclaim the entire garden.  Explore ideas with your clients.   Even if they are initially cautious it should be possible to  have them agree to create at least one small wild area within or at the edge of the garden. Start with one or more small areas of lawn in a sunny [...]

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