How we work
What happens when you contact The Gardenmakers
- Initially we’ll talk through your garden project to get an insight into what you are hoping to achieve.
- If it’s an individual landscaping project like a new path or patio, or a bespoke water feature then we would come out to visit you, measure up, discuss suitable materials and provide a quote for the work within 7-10 days.
- If accepted the works will commence as soon as possible and we give a realistic assessment of our work schedule to help you plan the event into your lives.
- Projects like walls, steps and patios where you already have a good idea of exactly what you want then we can usually quote and construct without getting a garden designer involved.
- If it’s a more complex project involving elements of design whether a full garden makeover or part of a garden or landscape – then we would suggest that you use a garden designer. Although this may seem an unnecessary expense it really will make the difference between an average garden and a truly fabulous one.
- Over the years The Gardenmakers have worked with many talented garden designers in all parts of our operating region (specific gardens can be seen on our ‘Gardens’ page). We would recommend a designer and get them to contact you. For this part of the process you engage and employ the designer. Please note that we have no affiliation with any of the designers we would recommend and we take no referral fees.
- If you do use a designer then you would be visited and have an outline consultation meeting. This will also give you the opportunity to look through portfolios of the designers previous work and indeed to get thoroughly inspired and enthused by their ideas and creativity! A professional designer will charge for this consultation.
- The designer will then write to you with a summary of their thoughts after the meeting and a written fee-proposal for all items discussed will be provided. Once the fee proposal has been accepted then you will have another really detailed meeting during which ideas, likes and dislikes, aspirations and any practical requirements will be discussed.
- The designer will also discuss budgets with you. This is a thorny topic and understandably some people are reluctant to divulge how much they want to spend. This is a false economy. Without any idea of budget it’s quite possible for a designer to produce a garden that the client can’t actually afford to build (or at the other end of the scale disappointing the client by trying to economise too much when in fact they would have been happy to spend more to get better quality materials and a higher spec build.)
- Once the design has been drawn up and presented it’s time for The Gardenmakers to get involved again. At this stage we will provide a detailed specification and quote for the work, a timetable of works and a rough estimate of when the work can be carried out.
- Once this is accepted then it’s all systems go!
Association of Professional Landscapers
The Gardenmakers have been fully accredited members of the Association of Professional Landscapers since 2007.
A branch of the Horticultural Trades Association, The APL is a trade body that promotes the highest of standards within the industry. To become a member a landscaping business needs to have been trading for at least 3 years and go through a rigorous inspection process.
TrustMark is a quality mark which operates a framework under which 30 plus scheme operators work in the RMI (repair, maintenance and improvement) sector, including trade associations, local government trading standards teams, and independent scheme operators. These schemes are approved to carry the TrustMark logo and recruit reputable and trustworthy tradesmen.
The Horticultural Trades Association
Established in 1899 at the Crystal Palace by 60 like-minded horticulturists, the HTA has, for over 100 years, promoted the interests of its members and the industry at large. A cost-effective and comprehensive range of business support and development initiatives are available to individual members.