How Does The Garden Design Process Work?

Most of the potential clients who contact us have never had a garden designed before and have no idea how it all works. We appreciate what a daunting thought it can be so we thought we would explain how our garden design process works…

Initial garden design consultation

At our initial consultation we will discuss your requirements in depth

At our initial consultation we will discuss your requirements in depth

When you contact us we will book you in for our initial FREE design consultation. We normally have a waiting list for these consultations so you may have to wait a wee while for us to come out. We always recommend clients think around 9 months ahead if possible to give us time to schedule that initial meeting, do a design and then book in our busy landscaping team. At the initial consultation, which normally last 1-2 hours, we will discuss all elements of your garden. Have a think before we come out about things like:

Once we have collated lots of information and shown you our own portfolio of gardens, we will take lots of photographs of your garden and survey it. We can then send you our quote for designing your garden.

Interim meeting

At our interim meeting we will show you two different garden design concepts

At our interim meeting we will show you two different garden design concepts

Once you have given us the go ahead for your design, we start to make the magic happen. We CAD up your garden on the computer so we can see the layout, aspect etc and then we start doing some pencil sketches. We will normally do two different concepts to show you different ways your garden can work. More than that just creates confusion. We will then meet with you again to discuss these concepts and get your feedback. Sometimes one concept is exactly what a client wants. Commonly elements from both concepts go into the final design. At the interim meeting we will also have some rough costs for how much it will be for us to build your design for you. At this interim stage there is loads of flexibility so you can amend the design to suit your taste and budget as much as you like and we can discuss phasing your garden build if required. Once we have your feedback we can then do your final design pack.

Final garden design

Your final design pack will include a full colour, scaled drawing of our new garden design

Your final design pack will include a full colour, scaled drawing of our new garden design

Your garden design pack will include:

Thereafter

Our skilled in-house landscaping team can follow your garden design exactly

Our skilled in-house landscaping team can follow your garden design exactly

Once you have perused your garden design pack, we very much hope you will use the Vialii Gardens landscaping team to bring your design to life. By using our in-house garden landscaping team we can ensure the design we have worked hard to perfect is created exactly as per the plan. We won’t change shapes, materials or planting style and we will work to the highest standards to create the perfect garden for you. Once complete we will provide you with your own bespoke plant care sheets so you can learn to look after your own garden. Unless you want our garden maintenance team to do that for you too!

If you have any other queries about garden design please get in touch and we will answer them for you.

Thanks

Vialii

Garden Visit: Culzean Castle & Country Park

We recently spent a week on the lovely Ayrshire Coast and decided to visit Culzean Castle & Country Park, especially as it is both dog and child friendly, a must for us these days. We have been to Culzean before but not for quite some time so we were looking forward to exploring the grounds and gardens. Here’s our review and why you should visit…

The Burts at Culzean Castle and Country Park

The Burts at Culzean Castle and Country Park

Entrance

Family entrance to both the Castle and the country park is £42.25 so we decided to upgrade to annual National Trust for Scotland membership for £108, allowing us access and free parking at their many attractions across Scotland. As 1 adult membership is £60 getting a full family membership for £108 seemed good value to us.

The walled garden at Culzean

The walled garden at Culzean

What to see

Our first stop, being gardeners, was the Walled Garden. Filled with heavenly herbaceous and gorgeous veg it’s a sight for the eyes. From there is was only a short walk to the Adventure Playground, top of the girls’ wish list! The play area is full of dens, climbing frames and zip lines and is great fun for kids of all ages. Dogs aren’t allowed into this area so Jill and Noodle went off for a walk around Swan Pond and the woodlands. Dogs are allowed off lead in the woodland so Noodle had a wonderful time exploring the grounds.

Noodle off exploring Culzean Country Park

Noodle off exploring Culzean Country Park

We then popped into the Robert Adam designed Castle which had a Lego treasure hunt for the kids to do. Luckily we had binoculars to hand so we managed to find all the cheeky wee Lego people, hid in every room!

The Lego hunt was fun

The Lego hunt was fun

We then popped down to the formal gardens which are stunning and feature a beautiful water feature.

The stunning formal gardens at Culzean

The stunning formal gardens at Culzean

We had a fun packed day and we love that we now have membership so can pop back in next time we are in the area. Go visit, we recommend it!

Vialii