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How Great Garden Design Happens

For any project large or small, there are certain steps you should follow

Fine Gardening – Issue 173

As a professional garden designer, I help people plan and execute projects of all sizes. Experience has taught me that asking the right questions and helping my clients to make key decisions early in the process makes any job go more smoothly. Simply put, time spent planning is time well spent.

Making decisions can be hard work, especially when living things and large sums of money are involved. But whether you are planting a single bed or overhauling the whole yard, breaking the job down into a logical sequence of smaller steps and visualizing the available options will lead to a better design.

When planning a new project, take some time to think about what you currently have and what you hope to achieve. Visit other gardens for ideas, noting both your likes and dislikes. As much as possible, try to come to your project with fresh eyes and no…

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