Why Choose Botanica Garden Design?
Why is garden design important?
Garden design provides both creative and practical support to transforming your garden. Most clients are looking for inspiration, we will offer advice where we can.
Pragmatically, the garden design also accurately scales the garden, helps anticipate problems and allows accurate costings for the landscape contractor. We work across Wirral and the North West. Our work includes contemporary, small, city, roof terrace and decking garden designs.
What is the typical garden design process?
In most cases, the garden design process begins with an initial client / site meeting to look at the garden and discuss client needs and wants. This is followed by an accurate survey, noting existing trees, services, and garden levels. A second client meeting then takes place to establish a more precise brief and an indication of budget.
The garden designer then starts to put together concepts and ideas in several sketches taken to a further consultation with the client to gain feedback and agreement on a lead design. The designer then produces a working masterplan, elevation drawings, material specifications, and additionally, planting plans on request. At this point, the client can also explore options of irrigation, lighting, furniture and planters.
How do you choose a Garden Designer?
We would always recommend using someone with recognised qualifications as a garden designer or landscape architect with a number of years experience in order to ensure plans are completed to the proper standard.
How to choose a Garden Designer?
If you have specific requirements which are relevant to your garden design needs or lifestyle needs such as an interest in sustainable materials, green issues, wildlife conservation, urban environment, energy usage, recycled materials etc, then you may want to locate a garden designer who works around specific environmental principles in the everyday garden design practice.
If you have a demanding career and very little time to tend and nurture a growing planted garden you may prefer to work with a garden designer who can design an outside space which doesn’t require much maintenance but provides a space for relaxation and leisure?
A family garden will probably have to meet varying needs! A safe play space, a storage space, a comfortable and versatile outdoor dining space, etc. Your garden designer should be able to please all the family and combine all requirements within an exciting garden design.
Looking at a garden designer’s portfolio will inform you about their previous garden design projects and their selected method of designing and their skill at garden design presentation.
You need to find a garden designer who is keen to listen to your ideas and who is willing to work within your potential overall budget. Many elaborate garden designs look great on paper but the reality is that they may cost a fortune to build and maintain.
Make a list of the garden design requirements that you have. What do you expect to get from your garden? How much you would realistically want to spend on the build, etc.? The look you require. Any storage you may require, i.e. for garden furniture, equipment, bicycle storage etc. Boundary areas, walls and fences may need to be discussed with your neighbour. Think about lighting, having the option to use the garden in the evening should be seriously considered.
Your garden designer should be able to advise on any issues that require planning permission, etc. Although the necessary paperwork is usually required to be completed and submitted by the home owner. Along with a list of your requirements and, after looking at your existing garden your garden designer will be able to estimate a building cost.