Landscape Design Planning Service

Receive a custom  landscape design plan, whether you have a small or a large yard, a new construction or an older landscape. Our projects can include bird or butterfly gardens, rain gardens, rain barrels, vegetable gardens, patios, and more. If you want a design plan for spring, we recommend calling the fall prior. We can even work on some designs over winter. Spring is our busiest season, we work on a first come, first serve basis, and our goal is to deliver a quality, custom design plan following the below steps.

How we work:

Introductory Meeting and Estimate

Contact us to set up a free  introductory visit (1-1.5 hrs)  if you live in our Service Area (click here for map).  Together we’ll discuss your project goals, problems, and ideas while walking your property. Please share additional photos of problem areas or ideas. If you want to move forward, we’ll develop a detailed design plan estimate and project description for $80 about a week later. An estimate depends not only on size and project goals, but complexity.  We’ll schedule your design plan upon acceptance of the estimate, and the $80 estimate cost will deducted from your final design planning costs.

Design Planning

Our sustainable and ecological efforts require knowledge, experience, analysis, innovation and sometimes a bit of engineering blended with vision, creativity and great design. In the long term, the benefits and value received outweigh your short term design costs. You will receive a detailed, scaled colored landscape plan, measurement drawing, as well as other supporting documents. Our design planning is billed hourly at $80/hr. Please note: some larger companies offer free or discounted designs since their design costs are covered by other services or products they offer. Since we are a design company,  we cannot offer free or discounted designs. Our hourly fee is still low for the specialized skills, knowledge and detailed, environmentally-friendly designs we provide.

Installation Options

When the final plan is delivered, we will discuss together options to implement your plan. Since we’re a design company not tied to an installation crew, this adds some flexibility and keeps costs down.  We offer our design clients the additional services below to make this transition easier.

 Detailed landscape design plan image

Example of detailed landscape plan

(See Portfolio for more examples)

Design Consultation Service

We can provide on site plant suggestions for an existing area and possibly a quick hand sketch for smaller areas about 100 sq. feet (10x10′) or less.  Rate: $100/hr, minimum 2 hours. No estimate or introduction meeting is needed. It’s difficult to do design consultations for larger areas because there are many things to consider, evaluate and integrate when designing a beautiful, functional, kind to the Earth landscape. You’ll be happier with a landscape design plan for a larger area. If you’re not sure whether a design consultation or design plan is needed before we visit, please send us a photo of the area and measurements.

Additional Services

Installation Assistance Services (for design clients)

You have the option to install yourself, hire an independent landscape contractor we’ve worked with, or use your own contractor after the design plan is complete.  We can help you make the successful transition from landscape design plan to installation with our installation assistance services.  Hourly charge, minimum 2 hours. 

Garden Coaching Services (for design clients)

Sustainable gardens and native plants are not maintenance free but their maintenance differs from traditional landscapes in some ways. There are also maintenance tasks we recommend to minimize harm to the environment and benefit nature. We call this “stewardship”. We can help you become a landscape steward by working side by side with you or a professional maintenance crew you hire.  Hourly charge, minimum 2 hours. 

Our installation and garden coaching services save you time and money!  Working as a team can resolve misunderstandings, unforeseen problems, or answer questions, plus we can encourage sustainable practices and ensure design goals are met throughout the process.

Educational Services

Denise has given educational programs to garden clubs, nurseries, environmental organizations such as The Center for Green Technology, The Green Earth Institute, The Natural Garden nursery, Wild Ones National ConferenceWild Things Conference, College of DuPage,  The Conservation Foundation etc. Call for fees,class descriptions & available dates. . Topics:

  • Think globally, plant locally – Designing with native plants
  • Rain Gardens – Tips and Common Mistakes

We'd love to help you and the environment!

Please contact us if you are interested in a landscape plan or design consultation. Thank you.