A concept plan is the first step towards realizing your dream. Custom designed to fit your taste and your lifestyle, the concept plan is a detailed outline in map form that answers all the important questions for your use and enjoyment of the landscape: Where will you entertain? Can the site be screened for privacy? Is there enough sun for the herb garden to go next to the kitchen? What do we do about the swampy area in the corner? A Concept Plan includes the following: Base plan, to scale. Basic research concerning local zoning laws, sun and shade analysis, analysis of drainage issues, and location of above-ground utilities. Initial layout –location and shape—of all hardscape and circulation, including paths, patios, decks, walls, pools, water features, fences, etc. as applicable. Initial layout of all garden beds and lawn spaces including areas designated for shrubs, perennials, annuals, pots, and the locations of large trees. Initial layout of water management systems, such as rain gardens, swales, infiltration planters, or greenroofs, if necessary. One complete revision after Client review.
A master plan builds on the outline of the concept plan. It includes all construction elements drawn to exact, buildable scale and specifies materials (a bluestone patio set in sand, or a limestone-capped red brick wall, for example) so that any contractor could supply a bid. It also includes a complete list of the numbers, sizes, and types of plants for each area in the garden arranged so that any nursery could fulfill the order. The Master Plan includes: Final layout of hardscape and circulation, including specified materials and scalable dimensions. Final layout of all garden beds. Planting plan including specific amounts, species, and cultivars of plants selected to thrive in the microclimate where they are to be place. Final layout of water management systems and calculation of the amount of stormwater handled by the system. Maintenance calendar for plantings.
Gardens are made up of living things growing side-by-side in a complicated eco-system. Sometimes plants grow faster or slower than the norm. Trees may need pruning. Nematodes may attack the tomatoes. To keep your garden on track, we will be happy to meet with you once a year during the growing season to walk the site and offer garden and design advice. We will also be available once a month all year long by e-mail to answer any questions you may have.