How to become a Garden Designer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Garden designers combine practical gardening expertise with design skills to create plans for the development of outdoor spaces. Designs typically include the selection and placement of plants, trees, water features, ornamental structures, patios and sheds, taking into account the appearance of the garden as it grows and matures.

Designers hold initial consultations with their clients to assess their requirements before producing a design. Once the design plans are approved, the gardening work will usually be undertaken separately by a landscape gardener or similar contractor. Some designers offer project management services, such as recommending landscape and gardening contractors and co-ordinating their work on behalf of the client.

Garden designers provide services to private and commercial property owners, charities and public bodies. Some specialise in designs for public spaces such as parks, or temporary gardens for exhibitions or special events.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a garden designer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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