Design & Installation

Professional Garden Design

I focus on creating unique gardens that are tailored to the landscape and needs/wants of the client. Emphasis is given on creating exciting ecological gardens that are meant to attract pollinators and birds. If you’re looking for something unique, you have found the right garden designer.

What will you get with EARTHeim?

  • A customized garden to your needs, likes, and wants
  • An interactive ‘living landscape’ that will benefit pollinators and wildlife
  • A thoughtful and meaningful garden
  • A professionally trained garden designer with many credentials
  • Care and attention to detail
  • A garden that works with your budget

What will you not get with EARTHeim?

  • A garden full of commonly overused plants, or plants on the invasive species lists
  • Plants that are high maintenance or placed in unpractical spaces

Designs can be made for a wide scope of projects. Small perennial beds, a container garden, or a full site plan for residences, businesses, private or public gardens, parks, and more.

Why is a design important?

Having a professional design tailored to your needs and the conditions of the landscape can save you money, time, and hard work in the long run. Garden design is a creative skill and a design is a well thought out plan for its implementation. Having a design plan will avoid costly mistakes of common issues like planting too closely, poor plant choices, over or under buying, or the garden not turning out like envisioned.

What is the design process?

Sometimes clients have a clear vision on what they want, but sometimes we need to work together to develop what those likes and needs are. During the design process I work with the client to develop the design. In the beginning this may mean looking over some very simple concept sketches and sharing idea books through Pinterest or Houzz. If you’re unsure about a budget for your project, I can also work with you to sort those details. Meetings are held in person to communicate ideas with clarity.

There are a few steps in the design process. There may be more phases in this process if the client is unsure about what they are looking for, if the design project is more complex or will be over a longer period of time. The basic steps to the design process:

  1. On-site consultation
  2. Development of sketches and ideas, plant choices
  3. Presentation to client with design quote (deposit for design)
  4. Final design creation
  5. Delivery of design (balance due)
  6. Installation if applicable
  7. Maintenance

A final design includes a black and white scaled drawing which may be used for installation purposes. The design may also include representational images, a design board, or a series of other drawings if needed. A color illustrated plan can be requested for an additional fee.

How much does a design cost?

At a second meeting, a quote for the design fee is given. The cost of the design is based upon the simplicity or complexity of the design envisioned, length of project, timeline, garden size, and who will be doing the installation. The quote takes into account the development of sketches and ideas and meetings. An informational guide about the plants and how to maintain the garden can be created for an extra fee. Average design costs range from $150 to $1200.

When can I expect a design?

Time for completing a design depends on the scope of the project and how many clients I have at the time. Designs can be started at any time of the year. I advice clients to contact me as soon as possible for best availability.

March through September are the busiest times for the field of work. August-October is the best time to contact me for a design to be completed for installation the following season. However, feel free to contact me at any point of the year for a design. 

EARTHeim design


I’m currently able to provide installations for projects including removals, and planting of annuals, perennials, small shrubs and trees, mulching, and small sections of landscape pavers or decorative stones.

Projects are assessed for installation services at the time of consultation and design work. I’m open to working with contractors and other businesses of your choice on larger projects concerning large amounts removals, ponds and fountains, decking, hardscaping. I have a preferred hardscaping company I work with that is excellent.

Installation time frame depends on the scope of the project and time of year. I may work on an installation any time of year, but certain plants or phases of the design may be best implemented until cold or hot weather breaks.

Installations depend on weather and usually wrap up by late September to early October and begin the following March/April. Depending on the weather, trees can be planted sometimes through December.


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