The process of designing or renovating your garden is extremely exciting, and one of creative enjoyment. A good garden makes a home a haven, and a place of continual, ever-changing enjoyment. Matt will work alongside you, exploring the many options and styles of garden, building a scrapbook of must-haves whilst assessing the real practical needs and uses. It is this evolving process that leads to a garden that is truly unique to you and your lifestyle. You may of course already have an established garden, or have recently taken one on. If that is the case, then Matt will establish this and advise you on how to renovate what you already have.
The design process:
Initially Matt will make a visit to you in your garden, where you will discuss your needs and expectations. There is no cost to this meeting.
You will then receive a quotation, often with several options, and a clear outline of the stages ahead.
The agreed design stages then commence. Matt will produce a sketch outline of the design, why may follow subsequent visits to the garden. This allows you to gauge the direction and theme, ensuring that plans are on track.
There may be several interim meetings or discussions throughout the process to alter, adjust and fine tune your garden, as Matt will ensure it is your garden, not his.
Final drawings and a written design report are submitted to you at the end of the process. Matt hand draws all plans, preferring the creativity, but scaled CAD drawings can be produced if required.
With plan in hand:
Now that you have the plans for your perfect garden you will want to get stuck in. Matt will be able to assist you with selecting a contractor, and if required he can manage them throughout the project.
If you require guidance on maintenance then he can provide a written plan, simply talk you through it, or make routine advisory visits.
All in good time:
Above all Matt believes that the best gardens take time to develop. Whilst he is very happy to design and implement a rapid installation, the best results are often achieved by working through the garden in stages, particularly on complex sites.
Recent projects include:
Hostye Lodge - renovation of a large garden surrounding a grade II listed flint house in Kent. A formal garden with lawn and long borders has been created, and additional sheltered sun-traps. A wooded section with sunken pond is to become a sumptuously planted woodland and nature garden.
Yew Tree Farm - this garden of several acres sits within pasture, and has a good, established garden at the rear. Matt has made alterations to this, and added an outdoor seating area in keeping with the location and beautiful grade II listed farmhouse. Initially a master plan was created, and Matt has gone on to provide detailed drawings for a new semi-formal front garden, and the overhaul of the large ornamental vegetable garden.
The Beeches - with a very long garden, The Beeches has wonderful views across Sussex, but has recently had a new housing development in the adjacent field. Matt has designed and installed a planted screen, with range and variety whilst in keeping with the previously rural setting.