*** Karen will not be taking on any new clients for the 2017 season.
I am currently booked with designing & maintaining all the properties that I can offer my attention to this year, while at the same time operating a retail location.
Please feel free to contact me in the Autumn if you wish to discuss your property for the 2018 season – Thank you for your interest!
When it comes to garden design, the possibilities are endless!
Each client has individual needs.
Some prefer to do the work themselves and they’re purely seeking guidance or professional advice. Other clients have established gardens but require help with maintenance, weeding or watering. Others still are looking for a completely new design and overhaul of their property.
In addition, many lake front property owners have environmental and ecological concerns. They’re looking to lessen the impact their property has on the watershed.
With all of the above points in mind, Karen happily engages with all of her clients landscaping requirements, including:
– container gardening
-maintenance and much more…
-Walk project site with client
-Gather information from client regarding project i.e: goals, concerns and budget
-Discuss design ideas and possibilities: colour scheme, shade/sun, etc.
-Project size and scope
-For consultation information please visit: HERE
Conceptualize – Design – Budget
-Perform site analysis, take measurements and inventory existing elements
-Draft conceptual plan based on objective identified in consultation
-Develop project budget with high and low options based on project scope and material choices
-Present conceptual plan and project budget to client for feedback
-Client selects from menu of options to determine project scope and materials
-Client feedback and budget/design revisions if required
Design – Plans
Most landscape drawings are done on computer programs these days. Karen is happy to do this as well, but prefers hand drawings, not only because she is an artist, but because a drawing shares the character of the garden more fully, and also allow for a full range of shapes, colour and line. Karen finds that garden design is a process best expressed initially through a plan drawing.
Karen has an open and flexible garden design process. She begins with a clear definition of the client’s goals and objectives. These are fitted to the unique opportunities that are found throughout the client’s site. The design develops by honouring both opportunities and constraints.Together with the client, Karen explores all design alternatives before crafting a final plan.
Realistic financial goals are key. Wish lists and project expectations are quickly paired with budget realities. Materials and subcontractors are selected based on value and quality. The client is always included in this process. Karen’s design fees are fair and reasonable.