Getting Started
Everything you need to design, install, or maintain your property



To begin, we will meet at your property – usually for an hour or less – to get to know you and your project. We want to know your taste, your needs, and your dreams.  We would like a copy of your survey (the ‘plat’ of your property) prior to meeting with you if it is available.  We also suggest that you consult our ‘Wish List’ to help organize your thoughts.

After this, our staff can estimate the time it will take to complete your design, and the estimated design fee.  Upon acceptance, we then complete your site analysis, noting existing features, soil types, drainage, and exposures.  We take this information back to the drawing board.  Using our experience and creativity, we blend your desires with your site – creating a one-of-a-kind garden for you.  For a very affordable hourly fee, you now own a landscape plan from which to work.  You can be assured that your completed project will be a harmonious, practical, and individual landscape.


We provide cost estimates at no charge from any existing plan. We work within your budget. You decide whether to do a turnkey installation, or to stage the work as your time and finances allow. We select the very best plants for your job from wholesale growers in Virginia and North Carolina. We hand mix our soil for every job! Using a mixture of 50% compost and 50% topsoil guarantees vigorous, healthy plantings. We choose from a variety of mulching materials, depending on your site. Our trained and experienced installation crews provide a first class job, with noticeable attention to detail from start to finish.


Our staff of horticulturists follow Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles, minimizing the use of pesticides wherever possible. Just call or e-mail for an appointment to assess your maintenance needs. We will analyze your property's requirements for pruning, insect, disease and weed control, fertilization, leaf removal, and mulching, and provide a cost estimate for you.

Our team can provide lawn care, or new lawn establishment with sod or seed. Lawn care crews provide 'Full Service' which includes soil testing, mowing, seasonal weed and disease applications, fall aeration and over-seeding, or if you prefer, any part of these services.


This short check-list will start you thinking about your landscape needs.