Jemima will come and visit you at your house so you can discuss your requirements and the budget for the proposed project, and she will make an initial assessment of the garden. From this first site visit and your brief, she will prepare a quotation for the design work and this will be submitted to you in writing.
Stage 2 - Site Survey
On accepting her quotation, Jemima will arrange a date for a site survey to be undertaken. This includes measuring the house and garden and all the major fixed features such as garden buildings, trees and existing planting which is to be retained. All the plants are listed in case some can be reused in the new design. Changes in ground levels and soil types are also noted. Depending on the size and complexity of the site, this survey is either undertaken by Jemima or by a professional surveyor.
Stage 3 - Layout Plan
With all this essential information, Jemima can draw up a to scale plan of the house and garden on which to design a Layout Plan. This will include all the hard landscaping features, such as the paths, terraces, walls, steps, pergolas etc., in plan form, and the areas of planting and lawn. She will then arrange a meeting with you to go over her initial ideas and once you are completely happy with the design, she will finalise it.
Stage 4 - Construction Drawings, Detailed Sketches and Products
Some of the elements of the garden, for example paving details, flights of steps, pergolas, ponds etc., may require separate sketches and construction drawings for illustration purposes and for use by contractors. In addition, this is the time to design a lighting scheme that will bring your garden alive at night, and select the furniture, pots and sculpture that provide those important finishing touches to a scheme. Jemima can also advise on the larger features that may have been an integral part of the Layout Plan, such as swimming pools, tennis courts and garden buildings, as she has much experience in sourcing and commissioning all sorts of products and features.
Stage 5 - Planting Plan
Once the Layout Plan has been finalised, Jemima can start on a detailed Planting Plan to cover all the beds, borders and other planted areas in the garden. Your planting preferences would have been noted down from the start of the design process, as well as the style of planting you prefer and favourite plants that you would like included in the scheme. Existing mature trees or shrubs that are to be retained are incorporated into the design. An estimate for supply and implementation of the planting scheme is also produced at this stage - Jemima has a list of very good nurseries from where she sources a huge variety of high quality, healthy plants.
Stage 6 - Tendering and Construction Management
A tender document to include the Layout Plan and associated construction drawings, specifications and sketches can be produced to ensure all the contractors selected to quote for the work know exactly what they are pricing up. Jemima can help in the selection of the contractor and can then be involved as much or as little as you would like during the construction phase. During her visits she would be inspecting the quality of workmanship and materials, and making sure the work is adhering to the design. Any issues that arise during this phase are discussed between you, herself and the contractor, and when alterations are necessary, they are only made when you are all in agreement.
Stage 7 - Implementation of the Planting Scheme
When all the hard landscaping is completed, the planting phase can begin - the icing on the cake. Jemima likes to get the main structural planting in first - the trees, shrubs and hedges - and this can be undertaken any time from November through to March, apart from when the ground is frozen or waterlogged. The rest of the planting can take place in the spring or the autumn, including the lawned areas, with the bulb planting taking place in the autumn - the very last phase. The main contractor can undertake this stage with her supervision, or Jemima can bring in her own team. Alternatively, you may want to plant up the garden yourself - Jemima could always assist if you so wished.
Stage 8 - Garden Maintenance
Once created, your new garden will continue to develop and grow, and will need ongoing maintenance. Jemima can either produce written notes on its general care, advise you and / or your gardener during planned visits, or help you find a gardener who she can monitor, if required, at regular intervals to make sure they are fulfilling their brief.
Stage 9 - Consultancy Visits
Separate from the above, or after a project has been completed, Jemima offers consultancy visits to advise on any aspect of your garden, whether you are seeking help to redesign one awkward border, or want to discuss how the garden is progressing year on year.
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