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How to find a reliable garden designer

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Do you have plans to update your garden and reinvent your outdoor space?

Redesigning your garden is a fun, exciting and creative experience, but there's also a lot of work involved which requires the refined skillset of a professional garden designer if you're looking to achieve the best possible results.

Technically, anyone could describe themselves as a garden designer, without actually having any formal training or qualifications. Unfortunately, this has led to a lot of rookies and cowboys in the industry, leading to dissatisfied customers who've been promised an outdoor haven but are left with anything but.

But if you're looking to create a wonderful new garden with the help of a skilled garden designer, how can you ensure you're finding a reliable professional who can walk the walk, as well as talk the talk?

In this blog post, I share my top tips for finding a legitimate garden designer who has the skills, experience and creativity to exceed your expectations and provide a beautiful garden space for you to enjoy.

Tip 1 - Go word of mouth

If you're looking for garden designers in your area, your first thought might be to have a quick Google for your local options. But before you go to the Internet for answers, remember to consult friends, family and colleagues first to see if there's anyone they'd personally recommend.

Although looking for a garden designer through word of mouth might seem a bit old-school, it's one of the best ways to find a professional you can trust. Why? Well, because when someone makes a personal recommendation, they can give you their honest opinion of not just the work carried out, but also things like the level of customer service and pricing.

Tip 2 - Read the reviews

But what if word of mouth isn't an option and you need to go online to find your landscaper? This isn't a second-best option - there are far more options and information available through online mediums such as websites, Facebook pages and trader review sites.

But remember, it's not just the words, images and claims made by the professional that you should listen to when making your decision. On every good garden designer site or page there should be a reviews section.

If a gardener designer is providing a service they're proud of, they'll want to show off the praise given by their previous customers, not hide it. So, if you're searching for your landscaper on the web, remember to take a good look at the reviews left by previous service users.

Tip 3 - Consult the SGD

If you're looking for that extra reassurance when choosing a garden designer for your project, turning to the Society of Garden Designers is a good way to go.

Garden designers must pass a strict accreditation process to become a fully registered SGD member. This means that those registered with the SGD are recognised to be highly skilled in their field.

All SGD-registered garden designers have proven:

  • Skill

  • Creativity

  • Vision

  • Experience (at least three years)

  • Knowledge.

Tip 4 - Get in touch

Garden designers are busy people, but the good ones will always make time in their busy schedule to have a conversation with those looking for help transforming their garden.

Reliable landscape gardeners are skilled professionals with a real passion for creating functional and unique spaces for their clients. Whether you have a full vision of what you want or simply know you want to make a real transformation, getting in touch with prospective garden designers to find out more about them, their work, their design style and their processes can help you to ensure your final decision is the right one.

Bio: This blog post was contributed by Chris Deakin. Chris is an award-winning garden designer with over 20 years of experience in the industry who operates throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.

Photo credit: Chris Deakin Garden Design

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