Website Design For Garden Designers Pt 2

In the first part of Website Design for landscape and garden designers, we look at your website as a digital portfolio. In this second part, we’ll look at the ‘About’ page and how to market your website The About Page. The About page is an opportunity to show your personality. A brief bio is helpful, just don’t get too cocky.  Draft this as you might your Twitter or Instagram bio.  Most are accustomed to quickly skimming these for information and they can say a lot about your character with very few words. Text People aren’t going to read a life history or paragraphs of text, [...]

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A Digital Portfolio: Website Design for Garden Designers

Your website is your shop window. A digital portfolio which can be easily changed and updated.  In this 2 part article we’ll discuss what to include, what not to include, where to host yours, and tips for designing and maintaining one.  We’ll cover everything you need to know to make one that’s flexible and useful over time whether you’re a student or a professional. Your Website As A Digital Portfolio A website is a professional statement of who you are, the kind of work you do, and your design philosophy.  It speaks for your brand in your absence and everyone needs one. First [...]

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Employing a Garden Designer – How Much & What To Look For

Employing a garden designer isn’t as straight forward as it may first appear.  The level of competence and professionalism, varies hugely, depending on their qualification and how long they have been practicing.  In a nut shell, a qualified garden designer should be able to offer an almost identical service to that of a building architect. In reality, less than half the garden designers currently practicing can do so.   And many are little more than enthusiastic amateurs. Employing a garden designer isn’t just about getting a pretty garden plan and some planting suggestion.  After [...]

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Wholesale Plants: A Buyers Guide

How and where to buy wholesale plants in the UK There is an enormous choice of wholesale plants in the UK.  From small independents like Orchard Dene and Babylon Plants in Oxfordshire, to large wholesale/retail nurseries like Hillier or Evergreen.  For trade only consider nurseries like Coblands, Palmstead or North Hill.  You may have to pre order, as some nurseries are only open by appointment.  While some like Hillier, Coblands, and  W Godfrey & Sons offer a select & collect service, allowing you to hand-pick your wholesale plants. Types of Plant Nurseries If [...]

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Timber Specification for Garden Design

Timber Specification: Understanding  Quality and Strength  The proper timber specification is very important as it's a natural material and therefore its quality varies considerably.  Defects can include knots and shakes (splits down the grain), twist, etc.  Softwood joinery is classified into 3 qualities in British Standard EN 942.  Class 1 is the best quality down to Class 3, the poorest. The highest class will have no splits or shakes, etc., and any knots will be small. This classification is for its visual quality only and not its strength. For garden designers, some timber specification [...]

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