Our Process


"The plan was such a good investment!" Christine F.


All of our services begin with the same process:

  • Email to schedule an appointment
  • Complete our questionnaire
  • Meet with the designer to talk about your goals, preferences and issues. We will review your questionnaire, ask questions, listen, and walk around your yard with you.


If you want a garden coach consultation:

  • The designer will answer your questions and provide whatever advice you need.
  • Depending on your situation, the designer may follow up with additional information after our meeting is finished.


If you want help with plants or plant shopping:

  • At the end of our meeting, the designer may take some measurements and/or photographs of your yard.
  • Plant List: the designer will mail you your custom plant list shortly after we meet and for an additional charge, photographs of the selected plants.
  • Plant Shopping: The designer will meet you at a local garden center, plant sale or nursery (to be determined) and help you find the plants that are appropriate to your situation. For an additional charge, the designer will return to your home to help you place your new plants in their best locations (we do not provide assistance with planting).
  • Contact us any time you have questions, concerns or need assistance.


Looking for a beautiful, unique design for your garden or yard?

  • At the end of your first meeting, the designer will present you a proposal and contract for design services. After contract signing, the designer will take measurements & photographs of your yard.
  • When your design is almost complete, the designer will contact you to schedule a second meeting.
  • At our second meeting we will review your custom design, photos and other information, answer your questions and help you determine your path forward.
  • You or your contractor may contact us any time there are questions, concerns or you need assistance.


What you get with your custom landscape plan:

  • All the information you need before, during and after installation
  • Labeled, to-scale drawing
  • Detailed plant list
  • Color plant photographs
  • Other information as needed
  • Recommendations for good contractors, and reliable plant sources


"Worth every penny!" Delia S.



  • Listening carefully, to create a beautiful design, uniquely crafted for your needs and lifestyle
  • Transformative solutions to your problems and needs: drainage issues, slopes, shade, children's needs
  • All the information you need to do it right the first time

The Athey Garden