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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What Is A Garden?

The Garden Defined This question is so fundamental to learning about design that it is worth looking at the instant image in your mind's eye of a garden.   I believe that on this design learning curve you will shed many of  your pre-conceptions and open your mind and your eyes to a myriad of new and exciting possibilities. Gardens have been created  all over the world for many hundreds of years, arising from many different cultures. They have served and continue to serve a multitude of purposes including  the provision of shade, cool air and the conservation of  water in desert climates, [...]

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Garden Designer Interview: Duncan Heather

  In our series of interviews with garden designers that have a plethora of knowledge and talent, we at Notcutts were lucky enough to have caught up with one of Europe’s most successful garden designers, Duncan Heather.   Duncan Heather When reading Duncan Heather’s biography you can’t help but be impressed. He is one of Europe’s most successful garden designers, winning five gold, one silver and one bronze medal along with three best show awards for his work. Duncan trained under and worked for John Brookes – one of the most influential garden designers of the [...]

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