How to build you garden design

Tim Austen, garden design workshop, 2011, National Botanic Gardens, landscape contract specifications, bills of quantities

When you have put all that hard work in to completing your garden design to the client’s satisfaction the next step for you, as a designer and consultant, is to make sure that your design is constructed in the way that you have designed it!  Ideally this should be achieved with the minimum amount of fuss and to the client’s budget.

This is the topic that I used to form the basis of last Saturday’s workshop conducted on behalf of the Garden and Landscape Designers Association as part of their annual workshop series.   I focused my delivery on the importance of having a solid garden construction contract in place including proper contract conditions and detailed specifications for both hard and soft landscape works.

I showed participants how to put all this together with proper bills of quantities that can be used for pricing the job and for approving works.  Colm Doyle joined me on the day to guide participants through the minutiae of project management skills needed to construct a show garden.

The workshop took place in the beautiful setting of Dublin’s National Botanic Gardens (affectionately known as the “Bots”) and participants had the opportunity to compile their own simple landscape contract with an exercise that we set up in the grounds.

garden design workshop, GLDA, Tim Austen, landscape contracts, contract specifications, bills of quantities, national botanic gardens

The conclusions of the workshop were, apart from the fact that we needed more time to cover all the detail, that both good landscape design contracts and project management are the only real ways of guaranteeing that your design will be built properly.  Happy building!

 


 

 

 

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