Landscape & Design Service
How can our design service help you?
Our design service is for the client who wants to create a new garden or overhaul an existing garden. It entails a site visit from one of our professional horticulturists, experienced in design. All major aspects of the site are considered, for example:
- Problems such as difficult slopes or changes in ground levels;
- Evaluation and advice on top soil and sub soil on site;
- Outline and design of the driveway;
- Boundary fencing materials;
- Positioning of items such as garage, shed, clothesline etc.
- Location, shape and materials for a patio;
- Advice on selection and positioning of important plant features such as trees and boundary hedges;
- Outline shape, location and size of shrub beds, flower beds, rose beds, rockeries, water features, fruit and vegetable garden, children’s play area etc.
Clearly, the earlier we get involved in the site’s development, the better.
The site visit usually takes about 1-2 hours. Ideally all parties who have an interest in the layout of the site should be present. Before the design session takes place, the client should ideally have considered what kind of garden they would like.
Our designer will indicate what ideas they have regarding the site and any advice and information will be documented. A plan will then be drawn up showing all the major features decided upon. This will enable clients to undertake the building of the garden themselves or seek a quotation from a competent landscape contractor such as ourselves to have the work done. Please note the designs are drawn up to scale and are as accurate as possible (a separate site survey may be required for complex sites). The cost as outlined below is for one design, based on the onsite consultation. Revisions if required may cost extra.
Please note that this design service is not a sales session by our designer. It is a ‘stand alone’ service geared towards developing the best design to suit your needs and is separate from our landscaping service.
The Landscape Design is a layout plan. Designs for more detailed projects, that may also necessitate more than one site visit, can be discussed with the designer in advance. Detailed planting plans, landscape proposals for planning permission and tree surveys can also be carried out by our designers and qualified horticulturists and these are priced on an individual basis.
Cost of a garden design
Small, straightforward sites, up to ½ acre: €450
Medium to large gardens up to 1 acre: €450 - €800
(depending on complexity)
€450 is the minimum charge and this is payable on the day of the visit. Please can you pay by cash or cheque only, as credit cards cannot be accepted on the day of the visit.
A call out service is also available for €150 where a designer will visit the site and provide a verbal assessment and recommend improvements for your garden for 1 hour. Additional time is costed at €60 per hour. This service does not involve any drawn up plans or quotations (for which a plan is necessary). The €150 is for the first hour and is payable on the day of the visit.
Ardcarne Garden Centre is a member of the Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland.
National Award Winning Small Private Garden
Mary Lombard, Boyle, 2013
Other Award winning gardens designed and built by Ardcarne Garden Centre