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Gardens

From compact urban spaces to large country gardens and estates all gardens are unique, calling for our specialist approach to  garden design.

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Bob Richmond Watson

After graduating with Distinction in 2018 from the prestigious London College of Garden Design at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Bob started Bob Richmond-Watson Landscape and Garden Design in early 2019.

Prior to attending LCGD, Bob’s career in advertising honed his natural project management skills and high levels of attention to detail to a high level. He now brings together these abilities with his passion for nature and design as a landscape and garden designer.

Bob was the joint winner of the Society of Garden Designers Award for Student Design, Commercial at the SGD Awards 2019. 

Design Process

While every garden is unique and deserves a bespoke design and approach, the typical steps in a project are outlined below as a guide.

Phase 1

Consultation

We meet with you to discuss what your hopes are for your garden, how you wish to use it and the practical requirements you have for the space. From this we will be able to gauge what is required and make a formal proposal for our services. Really understanding your needs is key to a successful design for both designer and client.

Phase 2

Site Survey

The site survey forms the basis of your design. Unless the site is very straightforward, we will instruct a surveyor to carry out a detailed land survey. They will look at boundaries, existing services, trees and shrubs, as well as any other features and level changes.  We will then carry out a site analysis looking at the soil conditions, taking photographs and get a feel for the space.

Phase 3

Design Proposal

With all the above information gathered, we work up the ideas for your garden into an outline design proposal to show you what your garden could become.  Mood boards, plans, illustrations suggestions for planting and materials are all brought together for discussion. 

Phase 4

Developed Design

Once you are happy with the outline design proposal, we develop the detail from which the design can be constructed. Depending on the needs of the job these could include a detailed masterplan, construction drawings, planting plans and schedules.

Phase 5

Tendering and construction

We don’t carry out landscaping services ourselves, but we can help you find the right contractor for the job and manage the whole process.  We can recommend contractors for the job or work with your preferred contractor to get the garden built.

Phase 6

Planting

The selection and sourcing of the highest quality plants for your garden is essential to you getting the best results. We have a wide range of nurseries that we work regularly with and we can organise the sourcing and delivery at your convenience. We take particular care in setting out the plants on site ourselves ensuring they get the best possible start.

Phase 7

Maintenance

We meet with you to discuss what your hopes are for your garden, how you wish to use it and the practical requirements you have for the space. From this we will be able to gauge what is required and make a formal proposal for our services. Really understanding your needs is key to a successful design for both designer and client.