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willing to collaborate with your landscape
designer at the early design stages of the house,”
explains Janine Mendel from CultivArt.
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT It’s helpful to have
an idea of what you want from your space. Do
you entertain a lot? Do you want a pool? Do the
children need space to play? And, importantly,
how much do you want to spend?
“A good landscape designer should be asking
a multitude of questions, so that a brief can be
formulated to match the lifestyle and family
situation of the client,” says Janine.
It’s not necessary to know your soil type or
the aspect of the garden when first meeting the
designer, although Tim suggests having a site plan
showing contours and levels. It’s also helpful to
give them an idea of your personal style.
Annette suggests collecting pictures. “While
you may not be able to pinpoint why you like
these images, they can be extremely
helpful in understanding what you
find important and aesthetically
pleasing,” she says. Pictures of
gardens you don’t like can also help.
TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS Choosing
a landscape architect, designer or
horticulturist who you feel 100
percent confident in is imperative.
“It’s important to feel
comfortable with the designer,”
Janine says. “Imaginative and
creative design encompasses
function and form, but in essence,
it’s your garden and the result
should reflect your dream.
Listening is one of the most
important skills a designer
brings to the table.”
When first meeting with a landscape
architect, designer or horticulturist, use this
guide to find out if they’re right for you
1 Ask to see a portfolio of previous work
2 How long has the design professional been practising?
3 What type and size of projects has the design professional
been involved with?
4 Do they have knowledge of house construction and
5 Do they have knowledge of Perth soils and
6 Is the design professional asking you questions
about your lifestyle?
7 Is he or she asking questions about your wants and needs?
8 Has the design professional looked at the style of your
home – both inside and out?
9 Have you talked about budget and timeframes?
10 Do you feel as though you have a ‘connection’?
BYTE THIS The Landscape Industries Association of Western Australia represents
everyone connected to landscaping in WA – landscape designers and architects, contractors
and installers, horticulturists, suppliers, trades and more. Click on to its website for a great source
of information if you’re looking to employ a design professional – www.landscapewa.com.au .
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