GARDEN CONSULTATIONS / APPRAISALS

An hour or two with your local Garden Adviser, right there in your own garden, may be just the thing you need to help you decide on a course of action. My advice will be tailored specifically to you and your garden, with its particular climate, soil, plants and views. I will provide a fresh pair of eyes, an unbiased opinion and advice based on a life time of professional gardening and managing garden projects. The aim is to save you time, money and frustration.

Before I visit your garden, I ask that you fill in a questionnaire and send me some photographs.

You may like to prepare by jotting down a list of questions to ask me, and either take notes at our meeting or request a written summary (charged extra, sorry…).

Reasons for consultations tend to be design-related or for specific practical problems, or just to learn about the plants the client has found in their new garden.

General design issues

Perhaps you know that your garden is not working for you, but you are not sure what to do about it. On my visit, I will assess your garden as it is now and find out from you what it is you would like to achieve. Then, together, we’ll look at how you can get ‘from A to B’ in the easiest and most cost-effective way.

If there is work for a contractor, I will help you find the right one. I can also provide you with a list of suitable plants or, if you need more detail, a planting plan drawn to scale. If need be, I will happily source the plants and plant them for you so you can enjoy your garden without having to worry about your back.

Specific issues

I can help you deal with a range of problems commonly encountered by garden owners. For example:

  • if you are new to gardening and don't know where to start, I will help you make sense of it all and - if you wish - will produce a month-by-month action plan for your garden,

  • an overgrown garden in need of a selective clearance – together we will decide what to keep and what to remove,

  • making a garden safe and more interesting for young children,

  • making a garden more attractive to birds, bees and other wildlife,

  • screening an unsightly view beyond your boundary,

  • choosing suitable trees and/or hedgerow plants,

  • improving poor soil or the lawn,

  • shopping for plants and garden sundries,

  • growing your own food,

  • dealing with unwanted plants (i.e. weeds) or animals (moles, caterpillars, cats etc.),

  • choosing landscaping materials,

  • making the garden more attractive to potential buyers.

As you follow the advice given and your garden is taking shape, hopefully, you would find that you are spending more and more time there and your enjoyment is growing with every passing season.

Plant identification

It pays to know the names of your plants so that you can find out more about them online or in books. This may be particularly useful if you have just moved house and would like to make the most of the plants you have inherited.

I will start you off on that journey by identifying all the 'mystery' plants in your garden (including the weeds, if required). You may decide to take notes during the session or to opt for a written report with the plant names, their positions in your garden (so you can identify them later) and information about their care. If any more plants (e.g. spring-flowering bulbs) emerge after my visit, I will ID them for you free of charge from photographs.

 

PRICE

My 2019 rate is £40/hr, with £40 minimum fee per visit. There will be an additional fee for any follow-up work you might need, like a list of suitable plants, a planting plan or a written set of recommendations. This will depend on the amount of work involved.

If your garden is more that 10 miles from my home in Hempstead, Gillingham, I will ask you to contribute to my travelling expenses for the additional distance.

Please, contact me for further information or to make an appointment.

"I asked Eva to help me with a few queries about some of the plants in my garden. She was really helpful. We discussed pruning, lawn care & moving plants around the garden. She also advised me on how to improve the soil. She was a true fount of knowledge, and so nice, too. I would happily recommend her.” Helen A., Chatham