Respecting your garden designer.

Over the last few weeks I have had a sad case when the client failed to see the” worth ” of the work I had done for him.

This was 15 hours of work.

It included   three visits including,  client brief survey and presentation.

At home I researched new ideas in hard landscaping to design a modern garden.

I contacted three well known supplies for new materials.

Then I asked a friend with a super interior/exterior design business if he could suggest new outdoor furniture and fittings.

Of course I spent some time designing the garden and drawing a 3D projection. 

This was a new build, so I visited the Sales House to make sure that I was on the right track.

Planting was included  , as was the provision of lighting and a water feature.

Many other desireable structures were included.

You might think” what a super garden. I would like that”.

 After an initial small deposit the client  assured me that” yes” he would keep to the terms and conditions and keep up the payments.

Sadly this was not the case.

All he did was to demand more and more work that had not been detailed in the contract.

In his opinion he had” not had much of worth”.

I beseech prospective clients to look at the website.

Read the small print. Take note of the costs. Assess the nature of the work.

But above all try to treat your Garden Designer with respect!



A lesson from Lowry.

This week I visited the Lowry Exhibition  at Tate Britain.

He had a technical training.

This precision is depicted in his drawings of houses, fences and industrial  landscape.

He is a master of perspective.

His use of colour was a surprise to me.

Houses and buildings were shaded in a range of pastel colours.

Others were depicted in black as a contrast.

Sometimes clothes were shown in strong colour.

I came away hoping that I could apply his techniques  to my own work.

The lessons I have learnt from Lowry will last forever!




Nottingha Hardy Plant Society: October meeting.

Last night was the first meeting of the new season.

It was enjoyable to see familiar faces again.

Tim Rasell gave a very good talk on  “Interesting Evergreens”.

The list included ,hedging, shady plants , climbers and ground cover.

My favourite plants included a yellow Yew, scented Abelia, Epemedium,  and a new variety of Mahonia.

This talk came  just as deciduous plants are starting to fade.

Evergreens provide a useful alternative.

A perfect way to spend an evening now that  Autumn is here.

A rise in confidence in the construction industry.

Yesterday I visited a building site in Nottingham .

New “high end” houses are being built.

A feeling of confidence was in the air.

These houses are being built with new materials for interior design.

Granite and coloured glass was everywhere.

White was also popular.

Gardens can be designed with a minimal feel.

Hard landscaping materials can reflect the  interior.

Garden furniture now comes in black and white.

We can all follow this new  trend..