Why book a Garden consultation?

A consultation with Sensory Gardens will unearth the full potential of your garden! You wouldn't attempt an assessment or renovation of any other part of your home, school or farm without seeking professional advice, so the same should apply to your garden. Gardens play an incredibly important part in the mood, functionality and value of any property.

Prior to our inital visit, we ask you to think about a 'wish list' and develop a brief for your garden. This may include your favourite plant species, possible hard landscaping features, such as paving or hen houses, as well as textures and colours. This is a great opportunity to jot down all the things your ulitimate 'Garden of Eden' would contain.

This is done so that we can maximize the time on site so we can spend more time informing you on how to make this vision come to life.

During the consultation we look at your soils, micro and macro climates, borrowed landscape and existing vegetation and your wish list of course. All these things greatly effect the final design and will establish whether your vision is achievable, especially when working to a budget.

Keep in mind it is impossible to complete a full design in one consultation, but the overall placement of the elements you desire will be addressed.

By the end of the first consultation you will have a mud map of spatial suggestions as well as a follow up email of a written report with recommendations and an action plan of how to make it all happen.


The Concept Plan or Detailed Plan

A CONCEPT PLAN is the next stage in achieving your ulimate garden. This is a scaled drawing resulting from your intital consultation. A concept plan places all the elements requested by you, the client, into their arrangement. It includes the placement of plants, garden beds, paths and structures but does not include all their specifics such as species names and materials to be used. A concept plan is preferred by people who wish to complete the garden construction on their own and will make final decisions as they go.

The alternative is the DETAILED PLAN. As it suggests, a detailed plan is a scaled drawing that specifies the location of all elements, their quantities, composition, how to implement those elements and the ongoing maintenance requirements of the garden. This type of design is suitable for clients who are seeking the assistance of contractors to complete their project. Detailed plans minimize confusion in both quoting works and visualising the end product, as all those decisions are discussed and confirmed prior to the commencement of works.