‘The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.’
Since 2013 as a full service garden design and landscape company Your Garden Project have transformed over 80 private gardens in London, Suffolk, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We thank all our customers for their business and continued support and wish them long happy sunny days in their gardens.
In October 2020 I decided to redefine our business and now will be trading as a garden consultancy service but I naturally have a wide selection of contractor and trade contacts to recommend.
I want to ensure all our customers that I remain passionate about helping people engage more with growing plants to stimulate their mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing and I welcome any opportunity to advise on all things horticultural!
Steve Cartwright (Director)
Independent Horticultural, Gardening and landscaping advice from a qualified and experienced professional
My aim is to provide you with the design, landscaping and horticultural knowledge that will help you choose your suppliers and materials wisely and hopefully save you money in the long term.
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 .
I can also provide detailed feasibility studies in the early stages of a garden project to ensure materials, construction specifications and legal issues are highlighted.
Initial consultation & written assessment
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 to include proposed links to suppliers, materials, products, and horticultural treatments
Consultation: £120 incl. vat
Consultation & written assessment: £180 incl. vat
(Outside WD3 there is an additional
travel cost of 50p per mile)
For all the gardens I have designed I begin the process with concept drawings which help cement our collective approach and ideas.
Price: £240 incl.vat (to include 2 drawings). Further drawings by arrangement.
Plant selection & sourcing
I provide you with a detailed visual presentation (pdf) of a palette of trees, shrubs, perennials, climbers, roses which will survive and thrive in your garden. I also include proposed numbers and spacing requirements.
As I have built up extensive wholesale accounts, I can supply excellent quality plants, trees, turf and hard landscaping products including fencing, paving and decking.
Plant Palette: £240 incl. vat
Plant Palette and source/cost: £360 incl. vat
This includes arranging initial tenders with contractors, visits to suppliers (hard and soft landscaping), project costing, project coordination, on-site contractor meetings.
Price: £48 incl. vat per hour
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.
I combine creative vision with sound plant knowledge and technical expertise to help you develop a garden that will exceed your expectations.
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.”