Landscape Master Planning

A landscape master plan is a comprehensive document that guides the development or modification of a property or project area. The plan is produced through a step-by-step Design Process that evaluates existing conditions, considers the client’s goals and objectives, addresses functionality, and establishes the aesthetic vision for the project. The plan presents a cohesive design solution for the entire property and allows for project prioritization as time and budget permit. 

When a client commissions a landscape master plan, the Designer collaborates with a licensed landscape architect to provide landscape architectural and master planning services. The landscape master plan includes a planting design.

Planting Design

Plants play a central role in all of the Designer’s projects, utilized for a range of functional and aesthetic reasons to meet a client’s goals and objectives. Not every project requires a comprehensive landscape master plan. Depending upon the size and scope, design solutions are often accessible through thoughtful planting design. 

Additional Services

The successful establishment of any garden and the associated upkeep of the plantings is vital to client satisfaction. For this reason, the Designer’s services are only offered in conjunction with: plant procurement, the on-site layout of plant materials, installation oversight, and subsequent maintenance consultations.

A. Plant Procurement. Source plant materials for the project.

  • Site visits to nurseries to select specimen trees, large evergreens, and shrubs.
  • The Designer has relationships with many reputable growers and nurseries in the US and Europe to source the highest quality plant materials. Perennials and grasses may be custom grown for larger projects with adequate lead time.
  • Site visits to nurseries to maintain quality control.

B. Construction. On larger projects, the landscape architect is responsible for construction administration. The Designer will meet with the landscape architect, contractors, and clients (virtually and in-person) as needed throughout construction to:

  • Address questions involving implementation of the design.
  • Maintain the aesthetic vision of the project.
  • Ensure best practices are being followed concerning those aspects that impact plant health, e.g., existing tree protection, soil preparation, and irrigation installation.

C. Plant Installation.

  • Delivery of plant materials. Coordinate with the client’s staff and|or the landscape contractor to receive plant materials and maintain them on-site through installation.
  • The on-site layout of plant materials.
  • Installation oversight.

D. Maintenance

  • Produce a project|site-specific maintenance and plant care manual.
  • Landscape maintenance|garden stewardship training.

E. Semi-annual site visits to: 

  • Evaluate the performance of the plantings as well as the maintenance.
  • Train staff|garden stewards on editing techniques to maintain a natural look.
  • As the garden matures, seek client feedback, suggest edits and enhancements.
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