Wednesday, May 20, 2009


after completing the montgomery county master gardener program in 2004, i accidently launched a garden design business! many beautified landscapes later, the rusty hoe is ready to make your garden grow! gardening is an obsession for me, but my gardening business is really side work, as i am also an award winning jeweler, painter, designer, interior architect and blogger. find out more about me on my website. or my for my high contrast enamalled jewelry on etsy or on dawanda and my herban elements line featuring native species also on etsy.

garden design services:
my initial visit with you will address discovering your vision for your garden, and how we can accomplish it together.
approximately one week after our first meeting, (this may be longer during my busy seasons of april through june and september through november), you will receive a written proposal from me detailing the implementation of your garden design and the estimated costs associated with fulfilling your plans. with the acceptance of my proposal, there is a minimum charge paid as a retainer of $500 to begin design work. we will meet again to review my preliminary design for your garden and work out final details to the plan. following our review and agreement on the draft design, we will meet once more to go over the final schematic design, which will show architectural and decorative additions, exactly where each plant should be planted in your garden, as well as a list and count of each plant specified for you to take to the nursery. a detailed cost estimate will also be presented. plants and trees will be selected to suit your aesthetic needs, living requirements, garden micro-climate(s), soil type and sun exposure. Recommendations concerning existing plant/tree removal(s) and/or relocation or preservation, soil amendments and future plant care will be presented as well.
the charge for my design services will be mutually agreed upon prior to the presentation of this final schematic design.

garden consulting services:
sometimes, a client may not want a detailed design plan, but rather advice about their garden. my advice on existing spaces, new additions and plants that will be beautiful and meet your garden’s growing conditions as well as your needs is billed at $80/hour.

garden installation services:
many clients want to install their new garden themselves with some professional assistance from myself as well as instruction on how to maintain the garden once it is planted. the charge for this service is $80/hour.
i can install your new garden for you or simply assist you in installing it yourself for a charge of $45/hour.
alternately, if you have a landscape maintenance crew who you would like to perform the installation, but would like me to oversee the work, the charge for this service would be $80/hour.
finally all purchases made by me on your behalf will be billed to you at the wholesale cost plus 20% to cover the costs of my research and travel time, as well as fuel.
garden maintenance services:
my hourly charge for maintaining your garden is $45/hour.
i also offer monthly, seasonal or yearly maintenance packages, as well as one shot clean ups and “curb appeal” plantings for a party weekend or house showing.

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