A garden is comprised of variety of elements, both non-organic (paths, fences, retaining walls, pools, pergolas, paving, lights etc.) and organic ones (plants, animals), which aspire to be tied into an accordant, harmonic and functional unity, designed to be pleasant, authentic, and beautiful in all four seasons even after five, ten, or more years. To achieve a balanced outward form, certain standards are required, such as the correct placing of the garden elements in space, defining the proportions along with the formal features while harmonizing them with the substance of the garden, formal characteristics of the house and surroundings, and its natural qualities.
To achieve such an effect, an elaborate and creative planning is required, based on a complex, multi-level process, interwoven with the ideas about particular forms, formal characteristic of the garden as a whole, and its unison with the house and its surroundings. One should keep in mind the vision of the garden in all four seasons now and in the future, according to desires and needs of the client. The further aspects of the process should also be taken into account: functionality of the garden, availability of quality planting and non-organic materials, along with the level of maintenance, as it has a crucial impact on the image of the garden in the years ahead. Thoughts, ideas, experiences, knowledge, unveiling of novelties, all this interlaces and finally takes a complete shape. Getting to know the client and his way of using the garden as well as site analysis (of soil and locality) also belong to the formation process.
SURVEY VISIT, CONSULTING WITH THE CLIENT, SITE ANALYSIS
The design process starts with an introductory meeting with the client, which offers an insight into the client’s expectations and personal preferences as well as needs and possibilities. It also includes a site analysis (soil and locality) as well as factors, presenting advantages (wonderful views, cardinal points) and limitations of space (blocked views, land division, noise,…).
The initial consultation is followed by the project plan, which defines contents and scope of the designer’s work. After the project is approved by the client, the designer is in a position to prepare a pro-forma invoice.
Prior to the beginning of design, an accurate photograph of the landsite is needed to be taken as a basis for planning.
A concept plan shows the division of space by thematic complexes, (green area, paths, plantations of trees and shrubs, terrace, vegetable garden, summer kitchen, water features, driveway, …), elementary plant groups (trees, shrubs, perennials, ...), and their forms. It gives us a clear picture of the garden shape along with its proportions.
RENDERS AND SKETCHES
Proceeding from the concept plan and according to the client’s wishes, we elaborate renders or sketches of the garden. It provides a better notion of space, and offers a possible starting point for further discussion and solution search.
The master plan consists of a technical report, detailed planting plans, and technical drawings. The technical report includes an outline of the project plan, a list of thematic complexes, and of plant properties with matching photos, description of the planting spot, as well as planting method. It also contains an indication of the expected maintenance, a specification of quantity and quality of planting material, a description of technical solutions, and finally a specification of works and materials.
Detailed planting plans for a particular area comprise a ground plan, a longitudinal and transverse section along with specified plans for inclusion of non-organic elements in measure, required for implementation.