Consultation – free and friendly

During 'lockdown', all initial consultations take place via a video call.  We take a look at the garden and discuss what you want to achieve, including practicalities, problem areas and your ideas.  You send me some dimensions and photos and I send you a detailed quote.  

Garden assessment – fact finding!

I assess gardens that have direct access (i.e. there's no need to walk through the house) while maintaining social distancing.  I measure the current garden (although more complex / larger gardens will require a specialist surveyor), take lots of photographs and assess other factors, such as soil, drainage, levels and any potential legal restrictions to the site.  You might also hear this referred to as the ‘site survey and analysis’.  Following this, we talk again to discuss some initial ideas.

Designing and modelling

Using the garden assessment and your brief, I start designing your new garden.  Every garden is as unique so I take time to create a garden reflects your style and budget.  Using 3D modelling, I experiment with ideas and produce a first draft for your review.  I also create a ‘mood board’ to give you a sense of the type of materials and features within the design.

The Big Reveal

Once your initial design is ready, I email it over to you and then we have a call to talk it though.   

Thought, feedback and revision

Time for you and yours to take stock of the proposals and think about any changes you might need.  All initial designs require revisions to get to the perfect plan – talk these through with me until you’re 100% confident you have a design that is exactly what you want.

Finalising the design

 Once you’ve agreed what needs changing, I draw up a final version of the plan.

Getting your garden built

At this point, you can start seeking quotations from landscapers for the build of the garden.  If quotes come back higher than expected, I will work with you to revise the design and bring it in line with your budget.  This can usually be achieved by changing materials, phasing the build over time or adjusting the design.  Once you have agreed the quotation then your landscaper can schedule your build. See FAQs for more information on getting your garden built.

Icing the cake – plants, glorious, plants

I create planting plans with colour photos showing you the precise positions and number of each plant in each area in your garden.  The plans are based on your preferences and a careful assessment of soil, light, drainage and aspect to make the most of your conditions and give you a planting scheme that will thrive.  I source top quality plants from local, independent wholesale nurseries who offer an excellent range.  


Janice Horslen Garden Design


Surbiton, UK

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