I'm Cheri LaMay and I started Earthworks Garden Design in 2003 to offer client focussed garden design to Leeds, Harrogate, Halifax, York, Bradford and throughout Yorkshire.
I am a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers, and with an Honours Degree in Landscape Architecture, I have designed over seventy gardens. I trained as a gardener at the Royal Horticultural Society's Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens in Harrogate. Years later I returned as a professional designer and have regularly lectured on garden design courses at the RHS gardens.
My unique experience and qualifications mean that, using a design process which gives you as much input as you like, I will design for you a garden which reflects your taste; beautifully surrounds your home; and sensitively responds to your lifestyle.
You, by using Earthworks, will be confident that you will get excellent value because my transparent tendering process ensures fair, competitive pricing of garden construction through the use of carefully detailed drawings and specifications. I work regularly with a number of respected landscape contractors who will quote to build your garden.
If you wish, I will act as your consultant during the construction of your garden, so you can relax and enjoy seeing your garden come together. Your garden will be planted using plants which are selected especially for the conditions of your garden, to make your own unique aesthetic; and the details of the garden finished off for you to enjoy for many happy years to come.
I am also available for garden design consultancy meetings at an hourly rate. Contact me by email or by telephone for an informal chat.
Designing your garden begins with a meeting at your home, where we will discuss your wishes in detail and have a walk around your garden.
Next, I will prepare a written Brief and Quotation for the design. When this is agreed by you, a detailed site survey will take place.
A Concept is then drawn up showing a layout, sketches and moods created by planting and materials. We will meet again and talk through the proposals, and I will hear your feedback.
The Master Plan will now be drawn up, incorporating any changes that you may have made. This is a highly detailed drawing, ensuring quality in materials and workmanship.
A Planting Plan will be prepared as well, specifying plants which are appropriate to your maintenance requirements, the growing conditions in your garden, and which will work together beautifully with the overall design.
When you are 100% happy with the design I will arrange for competitive quotations for the construction, or, if you prefer, introduce you to recommended landscape contractors.
You may also wish for me to monitor the progress and quality of the work, helping you to make informed decisions if the need arises.
I will supply plants and plant, or arrange for the contractors to plant, depending on the scale of the project. Sometimes Clients like to get involved and help to plant, you are welcome to join in!
I can also prepare a monthly maintenance schedule for you so that you can care for your garden with confidence.
I offer advice at a simple hourly rate, and gift cards are available, so if you have a friend or partner who wants to sort out the garden this is a good opportunity to get them started!
Please call or email me for more information. All of the services are flexible, and I will happily adjust them to suit you.
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