Garden Advice Service

Garden Advice Service

The majority of projects undertaken at KCGD are formal garden design commissions.  However, Karen recognises that for some gardens there's a need for a bit of 'adjustment' in the layout and planting rather than embarking on a full scale build project and therefore she is delighted to be able to offer you a Garden Advice Consultation.

This service is for those who value the opportunity to review their garden dilemma with an award-winning professional, receiving 'on-the-spot' solutions and guidance.

Alternatively, a Remote Design Service is available, subject to your project being suitable - please enquire for more information 
So, if you are frustrated by your own attempts at garden design, are fed up with trawling the internet for inspiration or have just lost the plot, why not book an appointment and let Karen help you unlock a little of your garden’s potential. 

She can, for example;
  • Introduce you to new ideas on how the general layout of your garden could be improved - great for DIY builds and smaller investment projects 
  • Focus on one particular feature - maybe it's a new patio area and what paving would be best or how to design your new veg patch. 
  • Offer advice on how your planting scheme could be refreshed - maybe you need more colour, or how to plant up that difficult spot.
  • Review your own design sketches, or those of your builder, and gently point you in the right direction!  (As Karen is doing in this image!)
  • Help novice gardeners identify their existing plants and those that may be worth keeping, or not!


  • Do you visit my garden? Yes, this is a home visit service however, it is limited to gardens within a 45 minute drive of my studio in Colchester.
  • What do I get? You get access to over 25 years of experience from a professional and award winning garden designer!   Have a note book ready as there will be lots of information and ideas you'll want to capture.
  • Do you leave me with a design plan drawing? No, this is a consultation only service, however your own drawings can be reviewed and 'tweaked', if appropriate.
  • Can we upgrade to a drawing service? Of course, it is always possible to discuss further design input following the first visit. 
  • What can be covered? Any aspect of garden and planting design. 
  • How much does it cost? This is a time and location based fee, taking into account my return travel expenses (time & petrol), and at least 2 hours spent with you. The minimum fee is £359.00 per visit.
  • Can you offer a remote service? Yes, subject to your project being suitable for remote working. Please contact me to discuss.