Bespoke Garden Designer – Who I Work With
As a bespoke garden designer, I specialise in landscape drawings for planning approval, as well as commissions for private clients. However, I rarely work alone.
Obviously, residential customers can, and sometimes do retain me on a design-only basis. I have an excellent understanding of plants, trees and garden renovation techniques. Then, it’s over to the home owners, who are happy to oversee the installation process themselves.
However, most clients, whether professional (architects and planners) or private individuals rely on Elemental Designs to project-manage the sourcing and “logistics” processes of the commission.
And, it works well.
Working with the Garden Experts
By and large, being successful in this specialist area of design requires a broad understanding of several subject areas. Do I know everything? No, I do not.
To offer first-class results, I work closely with a number of sector specialists. Their knowledge outweighs mine in their chosen field. As people say, every day’s a school day. At each project completion, I take away new knowledge and valuable tips. Not to mention, of course, lots more know-how to help in your garden design.
Here’s a summary of the expertise at your disposal via Elemental Designs
Hardy’s Plants www.hardysplants.co.uk
With 22 consecutive RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medals, Rosie Hardy is one of the UK’s most prestigious and respected hardy perennial specialists.
Emphatically, working with her on her show garden displays at Hampton Court and the Chelsea show over several years has been an absolute joy. By and large, everything I know about perennials is down to Rosie.
Jekka’s Herbs www.jekkasherbfarm.com
Would you like a herb garden? Excellent. Arguably, you’re part of a national historic tradition. Our country has a long-established history of growing and using herbs dating back several centuries.
Not only are herbs wonderfully fragrant, they also add subtle flavours to your cooking. And, they’re beautiful to look at. What Jekka McVicar doesn’t know about herbs simply is not worth knowing. Jekka will advise you on the best choice of standard, or rare and unusual herbs to complement your garden.
Barcham’s Trees www.barcham.co.uk
Without a doubt, trees add colour and beauty. They’re an essential part of our eco system. But, perfection cannot be rushed. They must be cared for carefully for at least two years in order to thrive on their own. To “take root” properly, in fact.
As an experienced garden designer, in my opinion, Barcham’s Trees are true experts in their field. This business is a joy to work with.
This specialist supplier can scale up! They have access to extensive stock. Barcham’s can even provide hundreds of trees for a single commission, if required. They will work closely with you over two years to advise on their development.
English Woodlands www. ewburrownursery.co.uk
The quality of plants from English Woodlands is outstanding. This company takes seriously the ever-present issue of plant health. Moreover, with careful sourcing they know how to avoid serious plant diseases from taking hold in the UK.
Any plants sourced from English Woodlands are guaranteed to be disease-free. Good news and one less thing to worry about.