Treat your garden to a comprehensive health-check with a safe pair of horticultural hands to help you get the absolute best from all your plants
Steve is an experienced landscaper & horticulturist who offers a unique garden mentoring and plant advice service
My aim is to provide you with the design, landscaping and horticultural knowledge that will then help you to select your suppliers and materials wisely and hopefully save you money in the long term. I combine creative vision with sound plant knowledge and technical expertise to help you develop a garden that will exceed your expectations.
Whether you need advice on a particular horticultural issue or help with redesigning your garden, I create plant selections for each area, concept design drawings and hard landscaping solutions. I also offer a variety of garden health checks and mentoring services so you can get the absolute best out of your plants.
I remain passionate about helping people engage more with growing plants to stimulate their mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Steve Cartwright (Director)
Tackling your garden can be a daunting project. Nature can throw us all sorts of challenges and whether you need advice on a particular problem affecting a plant or group of plants, or garden design drawings, plant palettes and landscaping ideas, I offer comprehensive guidance.
This usually involves 2 hours of my time discussing your ideas and advising you of different ways you could best proceed with transforming your garden including
- Landscape design: Ground-works, Retaining walls, Patios, Decks, Pergolas, Fencing, Sheds, Ponds, Swimming pools
- Materials: A discussion on the benefits of which materials are suitable – Timber (hard and softwood), Stone, Ceramic, Brick, Artificial grass
- Planting: An assessment of the current plant health and soil conditions and some advice on the type of plants you might consider for your aspect, relief, soil type and water table.
- Maintenance: Advice on existing pruning and renovation requirements including trees, fruit trees, roses, shrubs, climbers and perennials. Advice on soil and plant amelioration (mulches, feeds, composts)
- Lawn advice: To include treatment options, Aeration, Seeding/Turfing, Wildflower meadow planting.
- A follow up written assessment
Consultation and written Summary: £220
(Outside WD3 there is an additional travel cost of 50p per mile)
Concept drawings help cement our collective approach and ideas.
PLANT SELECTION, SUPPLY AND PLANTING
I provide you with a detailed visual presentation (pdf) of my selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, climbers and roses which will survive and thrive in your garden.
As I have built up extensive wholesale accounts, I can supply excellent quality plants and trees
GARDEN HEALTH CHECK & MENTORING
Knowledge. Advice. Inspiration.
- Comprehensive practical advice whatever your level of expertise
- Find out what the best plants are for your garden and choose from my wholesale plant list
- Learn how to keep your lawn looking good
- Learn when to prune and feed your plants to guarantee maximum flower power.
- Obtain an accurate diagnosis of plant disease and discover how to eliminate pests safely
- Treat your garden to a thorough MOT!
IRIS: A verbal Garden health-check, where I discuss the condition of your garden plants and the project plans you might have for your green space.
1 hour – I talk, you take the notes!
HEBE: A more focused Garden health-check. You’ll receive a comprehensive Garden Report which is your blueprint for planning a healthy sustainable garden. This can be followed on with concept design drawings and a full plant proposal.
2 hours – I talk and I take the notes and produce a Garden Report
Concept design drawing(s): £240
Garden plant proposal: £240
VERBENA: This is where I join you in your garden for a minimum of 3 hours of practical help and I can also help you select appropriate plants from my wholesale plant list. This can be followed on with concept design drawings and a full plant proposal.
Concept design drawing(s): £240
Garden plant proposal: £240
Gift vouchers: What better gift for a friend or loved one with a garden? Vouchers are tailor-made to suit the skill level of the recipient.
To book your first session click here to get in touch!
Below is a selection of some of the gardens I have helped to create for our clients. They range from large contemporary family spaces to smaller more intimate town gardens each reflecting the owners own colour and texture preferences.
“The planting has been faultless. As well as including our preferences, Steve’s recommendations and wide knowledge of plant species and soil structure has meant that there have seen no failures and we now have a garden which reflects the seasons with vigour & colour. It is so refreshing to meet someone who has a passion for his profession and is also totally reliable.”
JH, Clements Road, Chorleywood
After a 30 year career in film and television I studied a second degree in Horticulture at Writtle College, Chelmsford and turned a lifelong passion into another enjoyable profession.
I have specialised in the design and management of hard and soft landscape projects of all kinds with work ranging from stunning country retreats to stylish urban courtyards, from elegant planting schemes to complex timber or stone constructions. Whatever the challenge, you’ll find me friendly and approachable, uniting several areas of expertise together in one professional service.
As a passionate nature-lover I will also advise you of the best plants to encourage birds, bees and butterflies into your garden and practical ways to conserve water.
Additionally, I can help you with irrigation and lighting to ensure that the garden not only looks good, but also functions practically.
Most of us live in a detached, semi-detached or terraced house with a rectangular garden at the back and the front, often with limited access, lacking privacy and direct sunlight. I understand that the limitations of these gardens make good conceptual design and careful planning particularly important and the correct selection of plants for the right places in the garden absolutely critical.
Steve & Carolyn
“Steve worked closely with our initial ideas and made great suggestions to draw up a concept drawing for us. The flower beds were redesigned to create a wonderful new garden layout. The plant palette meant we could choose from a wide range of new shrubs, trees, perennials, climbers and roses. It is so helpful to be able to continue to consult Steve on how to prune and maintain the garden. His expertise and passion for plants and gardens is clear. Our garden has been completely transformed and gives us great pleasure to watch as it changes through the seasons.”
JA, Capell Road, Chorleywood
“Steve and his team created both an imaginative and decorative garden at my colleague’s home in Golders Green. The garden looks gorgeous and was completed to the exact timescale Steve advised. Since competition, every newcomer to the garden has commented on it’s clever design and use of colour. I would thoroughly recommend Steve’s services.”