​​​​​​Design Process

​I am happy to discuss your potential garden and show you the strengths and challenges your site might pose. 

1. At our first visit I will discuss the garden potential with you and listen to what your dreams are for your site. I will quote you a design fee for creating a Master Plan.

2. If the terms are agreeable and a design contract is signed, you will need to provide me with the "plat" or house survey, showing the property lines as well as the existing structures.

3. My work starts with the site analysis, taking photographs and measurements of the site, which may lead to additional questions and decisions for the client.
4. Back in my studio I will start the preliminary design and in a few weeks I will schedule a second meeting to get your feedback on the design. At this moment the design has the hardscape (walls, walks, patio, pond) in place with rough colors for plant groupings. This is a valuable time where I learn what you like or dislike so I can incorporate all your ideas and preferences. Per email you can send me pictures of plants you like or dislike, as I encourage keeping an open communication.

5. The final meeting is the presentation of the Master Plan.


The design fee is a flat rate unless hourly consulting is desired. Commissioning a professional designer will significantly contribute to the success of the project.
The design fee will be paid in two portions: 50% of the design fee up front, and the remaining 50% at the completion of the job.


Before the installation gets started, an estimate can be provided for design features such as stone work, water features, irrigation, carpentry, lighting, and plant installation. For over 30 years EGD has been working with the best professionals in their fields and I would be happy to show you examples of some completed projects. 

Included in the price for installed work is project management and supervision during the installation to make sure you get quality work.