Design commissions – typically a 3 month waiting list. Consultations allow 4 weeks.  Please get in touch if you would like to plan ahead.

complete garden design

Garden Design requires a great many skills: creativity, planning, and an understanding of how things are built. We can produce garden plans, planting plans and where relevant, detailed construction drawings. Sometimes we are required to undertake simple site surveys, project monitor building works and supply and plant the plants.

Discovery Call

On receipt of your initial enquiry, we arrange a phone call at a mutually convenient time.  Our call normally takes 20-30 minutes.  We hear your challenges and what’s not working for you, and listen to any ideas you may already have.  We discuss our design services and how we work.  The next step is a predesign consultation.

Predesign consultation

All projects begin with an initial face to face consultation with Melissa Morton.  This first consultation is a predesign service.  We find this an extremely beneficial step before there is any commitment to a design commission.  The client can let us know their initial ideas and their investment goals.  We listen & gain an understanding of what the client wants and needs.

Consultation visit & client brief

After the predesign consultation, there is another meeting to finalise your requirements for the garden.  This is a perfect opportunity to explore any changes you want included since our first conversation.   A comprehensive and detailed client brief is prepared, reviewed and agreed with the client.

This information feeds into the design right at the start.

Site survey

For each project a site survey is recorded which includes all the physical measurements of the site necessary for designing the garden.  For the majority of gardens, a professional land survey will be done.

Concept Plan

This is presented as a 2D plan, 3D sketches and/or visual and a digital moodboard.  

This plan communicates the spatial design of the garden.  

It brings together our response to your brief, the survey, the context of the site and the inspiration we have selected for your garden.

Detail designs for Construction

We work to produce detailed drawings which are used to request formal quotations for the build and to accurately construct the garden. We would first meet with you to discuss and finalise material selection and your preference of planting style and colour palette.

Preconstruction Phase

Preconstruction services include obtaining quotes from contractors, contract administration and Health & Safety documentation as required.

Construction & Planting

During the construction phase, we can monitor the entire build on your behalf to include contract administration and project inspection.


“Gardens are the slowest of the Performing Arts”

– Mac Griswold, Garden Historian

During the design process, we will discuss the management of your investment, particularly regarding the planting.  We can offer various options, from periodic coaching sessions for the first couple of years to hiring an aftercare team.