What some happy customers have to say about my work.
We moved into a brand new house with the land around it just a mud pile after all the rain of the winter of 2018. The site was not easy to develop with quite a slope away from the house. We had a few ideas of what we did and didn’t want but no idea how to achieve something that worked.
Alison came in and listened to what we wanted, no lawns, a water feature, areas of privacy, easy maintenance. She drew up a plan and after getting agreement introduced us to a landscaper who did all the hard landscaping. She then drew up lists of plants and did the bulk of the planting. We now have a garden with structure and form which is going to develop as the plants grow and spread and she has given us something quite special. We are looking forward to many years of pleasure from it.
Alison has done an excellent job for us and she is a pleasure to deal with. She listens to what the client wants and makes that her focus but adds her own ideas based on her experience and knowledge. We would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone. Two years later our garden is full of colour and texture and has given us much pleasure this past summer of Covid 19 restrictions.
Mr & Mrs H, Crediton
Alison came quite late to our project as we were doing a major refurbishment of a large Edwardian house overlooking the Taw estuary. Thankfully she was undaunted by the scale of the project which was a building site when she arrived! Alison’s plans helped us visualize the various spaces in what is a very complex garden on different levels and we developed each section bit by bit. She also brought much needed plant expertise to the project, selecting appropriate plants for our windy, coastal, but very contemporary garden. We wanted it to look good year round but remain low maintenance as we are often away.
One year on, the garden areas look wonderful and it has been a great success. With hindsight, it would have helped if we had involved Alison with this huge project sooner so we could have developed the project along with the architect and the builders.
Alison still visits on occasion to maintain and re-evaluate areas that may still be improved and is always there for advice and support. We would happily recommend her to anyone considering hiring a garden designer. Ours now looks fabulous and we’re very happy to be in her portfolio on her website.
Mrs E Clifford, Instow.
We had an existing vegetable garden on a fertile, but steeply sloping, site which we were anxious to improve. We had a rough notion of what we wanted to achieve using raised beds, but Alison grasped our ideas and developed it into a solution that combined both aesthetic and practical elements into the final design.
The result is an aesthetically pleasing, practical and immensely productive vegetable garden which we are enjoying enormously. We anticipate years of pleasure from it.
Mr and Mrs NL, Chagford.
We initially contacted several garden designers who appeared disinterested in designing our garden project due to the incline and small size of the garden. Also access to our garden is down 15 steps and quite difficult which was certainly going to cause a problem. Alison enjoyed designing our garden and assured us that all problems would be overcome.
Alison designed a modern easily maintained garden space with a large decking and built up bedding areas.
She organised builders, electricians and planting. Alison was always on hand ensuring the builders did exactly what she envisaged was right for our garden.
After several months the garden came together, the subtle lighting, plants and decking. It is so wonderful to sit in the garden without fear of falling off the seats due to the incline - and how she managed to make it look twice the size I do not know.
The wildlife loves it and so do we. I look at the garden and all I say is WOW - I am so happy as I never dreamed that I would have a garden like this. If there are issues with plants all I do is Email Alison who gives us advice; she has also given us a step by step maintenance plan.
I can definitely recommend Alison for any project large or small.
Mrs S E , Bideford.
Alison was recommended by the company that did the hard landscaping in our Bideford garden. She took time to understand what we wanted from the garden and to incorporate plants that we had already accumulated and brought with us from our previous garden in London.
She blended our ideas with lots of excellent suggestions for each area of the garden. The eventual height of plants was important, as was the view from our "upside down" house as we wanted the garden to look good when viewed from above as well as at ground level.
Alison gave us a wonderful design and planting list which we followed closely. The plan provided structure in terms of shrubs and perennials, and we've added bulbs, annuals and other plants to infill different areas, as well as replacing some originals that didn't thrive in our garden.
Alison's extensive knowledge of plants is invaluable, but she also understands Devon clay and helped us work with the conditions and appreciate the importance of 'right plant, right place'. Gardening is all about a journey and we've learned a lot along the way, with Alison's generous advice and guidance. We highly recommend her.
K Plum. Bideford
I've been working with Alison on an evolving project for just over a year and she continues to be a pleasure to work with. Alisons ability to understand what I'm looking for and to guide me to what I really need always makes me smile.
I've always been impressed by Alison's relaxed and understanding approach and she has acted as a great mentor and collaborator in our project. I would highly recommend Alison for any project, large or small and would use her again in probably will in the future.
J Cater. Chagford
Alison designed our new garden and advised on the landscaper to deliver the best results. She listened to our requirements for a new garden having been left with a "builders garden" behind our new bungalow.
She has a great way of speaking plainly with good common sense and using her comprehensive knowledge of plants and gardens in this part of the country. We have no hesitation in recommending her.
A video of the resulting garden is on her website (the Eco house in Latest Projects) - we are absolutely delighted with it!
A Trueman. Holsworthy
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