Why employ a garden designer in winter..

November 19, 2013


Why on earth would you bother to contact a garden designer in the middle of winter? You aren’t spending too much time outside and you certainly aren’t thinking ahead to next spring.


You’ll get on with some decorating for a month or two maybe…then when the sun gradually warms and the days lengthen you’ll begin to notice the bulbs in other peoples gardens. “Hmm it might be nice to improve the garden”. The idea will take hold and you’ll decide to ring a garden designer but by then everyone else may have had the same thought.


The designer will then tell you that they have a waiting list or they may manage to fit your job in with all the other projects demanding their attention. Even if the latter happens the garden is not likely to be ready for the balmy days you were dreaming of. Once the plans are drawn up, the build and planting then needs to be priced and arranged. By spring most landscapers are getting extremely busy and you may find yourself waiting weeks or even months. Summer might arrive before the build starts and then once underway a heatwave might mean planting has to be postponed until the autumn.


This scenario is a fairly typical one; I get lots of calls in spring from people hoping to have a new garden completed by the early summer and sometimes it is just not feasible.


Plants may go dormant in winter but most garden designers generally don’t! Most of us are longing to get our teeth into new projects which we will approach with enthusiasm.


Aside from the advantages of a not quite so busy designer, the starkness of winter reveals the bare bones and structure (or lack of it) in a garden making it evident what is needed in the way of evergreens. Deciduous trees might reveal views that need to be screened or maximized. Winter can be a very good time to analyse a site and discover it’s true potential.


So why wait when you can contact me now.

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