Designing Your Garden: The Preliminary Design
Spatial design is a wonderful way to define your garden spaces and determine planting bed locations. Luckily there is a process to lead us through this exciting design journey. A few weeks ago I began introducing the design process through bubble diagrams, then garden structure studies. This post will now highlight the next step: the preliminary design.
The preliminary design builds on the garden structure study by adding the location of plant and hardscape materials, though plants are not yet identified. The goal of this step is to create an engaging plan in which someone can start to imagine them self in it. It shows just enough detail to get valuable feedback from the client. Once final changes are made, a master plan would be created as the last step. It is this final plan that would identify plants, include a plant schedule, plus show any necessary elevations and sections for construction.
The preliminary plan above was chosen by a vote from four options created in my post on garden structure studies. For those interested...the votes were tight between A, B and C (no votes for D!). Plan A pulled ahead by only two votes. I'm hoping to draw B in a future post, when I'm hankering to draw another garden!
My new workshop, The Garden Method, will take you through this process step-by-step with my guidance! Learn more here: Workshops & Publications
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