I focus on creating unique gardens that are tailored to the landscape and the 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 makes EARTHeim great?
EARTHeim has worked with homeowners, businesses, cities, and organizations with private or public garden spaces. Projects range in size from small perennial beds to full sized properties and everything in between.
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 is an important process so the client can be sure they’re getting the landscape and garden they want. Design is not an after thought, it’s an important part of the landscape process.
I listen to your wants and needs, and look closely at the landscape to see how it can all be best put together. The design process also includes 1 or more visits with the client in which we have a conversation about the design and how it’s developing.
Having a design plan will avoid costly mistakes of common issues like planting too closely, poor plant choices, over or under buying, going over budget or not utilizing the budget properly, or the garden not turning out like envisioned.
Design work is a professional skill and requires many hours of work. Design work has its own fee and does not carry towards installation work.
1. Initial On-Site Consultation and Landscape Evaluation. At this meeting we will walk the site and talk about the possibilities of your project. I will make recommendations based on what I see and our discussion. I will provide you with a design quote if requested.
2. Conceptual Design Phase
Concept plans will be created to show you a visual idea of my ideas combined the information I gathered during our consultation. We will review these concepts and to discuss proposed plant choices, layouts, and other features. I will also take a more detailed site inventory during this phase.
3. Design Creation & Presentation
The final step in the design process is to assemble the concept plans, elements, and materials, into the final plan. A booklet with plant photos, botanical and common names, quantities, sizes, and maintenance guidelines can be included for an additional fee.
A final design includes a black and white scaled drawing which may be used for installation purposes. A color illustrated plan or a custom garden booklet can be requested for an additional fee.
EARTHeim installs small projects in-house. On larger projects, I work with a subcontractor. You may also hire me as a consultant while hiring your own contractor to install the design.
Garden Coaching for a DIY Installation
If you’re looking to install the design yourself, I’m available as a Garden Coach to help guide you during the installation.
After the installation you may decide to sign up for a fine gardening plan. Plans are based on number of visits per season or month and number of hours per visit.
Click here to learn more about fine gardening services.
Every landscaping project is unique and will have its own timeline. The following graphic shows the typical work season of any landscaping business. Timelines will vary according to the nature of the project, current customer workload, the weather, and availability of materials.
You may contact me at anytime of the year to inquire about your project. Consultations in the slower months are usually scheduled within 1-2 weeks. Consultations in the busier months are usually scheduled within 2-3+ weeks. At certain times of the year I may begin a waitlist.
It is best to reach out as early as possible about your project. April and May are the peak months for inquiries about projects. The slowest months are November through January.
Pink: The best time to reach out to me for a project to likely be completed the same year is January through April. If you contact me about a small project in May or June, it may be able to completed the same year.
Blue: If you are looking to hire for a design and installation, the best time to reach out is starting in June and July with a completion date of the following calendar year. Designs only may be able to be completed the same year during this time.
I work on designs year-round, but focus on design work in November through February. These are the slower months when the planting season is over. Designs are worked on in the summer months, but is slower due to time spent on installations and maintenance. Jobs are added to my work queue as I receive contracts with a deposit.
Planting installations occur between May and October. Evergreens may be planted in April as weather allows. Shrubs and trees only can be planted mid-October through November as weather permits. Planting installations may slow somewhat during peak hot weather conditions in July and August.
For designs with special native plants, we may need to order these plants during the winter for best availability.
Hardscaping jobs can be worked on year round as weather permits. Freezing and precipitous weather may slow down hardscape installations in December-February.
*Currently there are shortages of materials or materials are taking longer to ship. So far we have not had any issues, but want to share this possibility with clients.