Sarah Kay explains the key steps to garden redesign.

So, you’ve decided that your garden needs an overhaul.  Where do you start?LifestyleGardeningMarch2

Choose a garden designer

Search online for local designers or ask friends or colleagues for recommendations. Review online portfolios and check customer testimonials. It’s also good to check references with past clients.

Initial consultation

This meeting aims to understand the practical needs of the space and the stylistic preferences of the client.

To brief your designer, put together a visual style board using Pinterest and have an honest idea of your budget.

Following this, I produce a quote which will include fixed costs for design and estimates for build, plants and planting. Designers may quote differently so it’s important to establish this.

Site survey and design

The next step is a full site survey with measurements, soil samples and other site considerations.

This survey will provide the basis for a scaled concept drawing.  I provide a concept design and a mood board with one set of amends allowed before producing the final layouts.

Tender and build

With the final design agreed, a garden designer can help to find the right contractor for your project. I don’t take finder’s fees so can offer independent tender management.

A designer can also oversee your build to ensure that the integrity of the design is maintained and the build runs smoothly.

Planting Plan

This is crucial to a garden’s success. Detailed planting plans ensure the right plant in the right place and a visually stimulating display through the year.


It’s pointless spending money to produce a beautiful garden if it is not maintained.  I can provide maintenance or a monthly plan.

Contact Sarah Kay Garden Design for an initial consultation.
07967 201333