June 16, 2010

Front Porch and Garden Design

This is Nancy Howard, from Nancy Howard Garden and Landscape Design.  She's sitting in my dining room, using an iphone app to determine which way is south.  Nancy responded to my request for advice about my front yard.  Nancy wants you to know that landscape architecture isn't about plants. It's about PEOPLE!

I've never worked with a landscape professional before, and I'm learning A LOT! For example, before any planting or digging, you'll usually have three meetings with your landscape architect consultant. During the first meeting, you'll talk about current conditions, what you like, what's important to you in terms of color, shapes, use, accessibility, shade etc., and what you don't like. Nancy also did a complete site assessment during her first visit.

In the second meeting, she'll come with a draft plan to get your feedback.  And in the third meeting, you'll wait with baited breath to see her final plans. More to come!

8 comments:

  1. Definitely a cool process. I have always admired Landscape Architects. I can't wait to see what ideas you guys come up with and implement.

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  2. This is going to be fun to watch! I bet she offers a plan a that's a little more thought-out than my own Walmart landscaping.

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  3. I'm so cheap I'd rather bang my head against the wall trying this and that to see what actually works.

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  4. Oooh, look forward to hearing more about the process....um and looking forward to "borrowing" some of the design tips.

    Thanks for the add on your side bar. Reminds me I need to do some blog maintance.

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  5. This sounds fascinating. A close cousin does landscape garden design and her sketches and ideas blow me away. My hubby has taken charge of our garden but I would love to get a pro's touch on it. Will be interesting to see how yours turns out.

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  6. I am sooo jealous right now. We so need a landscape architect! Can't wait to see how your yard turns out. THANKS for visiting me on my sits day and making me feel special!

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  7. we just finished phase 1 with our landscape architect. I tried 3 different companies till I found a guy who seemed to "get" me. And looking at the final product - it is better than his plans...he took what I said created something I never in a million years could have known how to do. It was worth waiting 10 years till we could afford the "luxury". Living in a family of artists (filmmaker, singer/songwriter)...I've learned that there is a magic that they have that I can't fake. Same for good landscape design. And I also will say that I know I'm very lucky that we've been able to make this investment.

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  8. Your ideas for designing the front yard landscape are very impressive. For designing, an inviting, attractive and easy entry path it is important that it should be properly concerned and designed. Thanks for this nice post.
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