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Johnson Property – Garden Design & Installation: Michaela M. Harlow

Michaela M. Harlow – Garden & Landscape Design

Throughout New England & Beyond, By Appointment. For Online Garden Design Consultations (USDA Zones 3-7),  Please See E-Design Details, Below.

Spring/Summer 2014 is currently booked. Now accepting select Garden Design projects only, for late autumn/winter of 2014.

For information about Complete Garden & Landscape Design, Installation, Ongoing Consultation, Gift Certificates, Workshops and Other Services, please scroll below.

Garden & Landscape Design Consultation This is the first step toward the creation of a comprehensive, new garden or landscape design, improvement of an existing garden or landscape, or complete restoration/renewal of a neglected or overgrown property. This service includes a one hour site visit/meeting, followed by design ideas/sketches, horticultural notes and/or maintenance recommendations sent via email. The fee for this service starts at $250*, and is payable at the conclusion of our initial meeting. For some clients, a single consultation is all that is needed or desired. However, if you would like to continue working with me to develop a comprehensive garden design or landscaping plan —detailed planting plans, materials lists, and care instructions— this meeting informs the next phase of our work together. For Complete Garden & Landscape Design (Phase 2), Installation (Phase 3), Maintenance (Phase 4), Ongoing Consultation, Gift Certificates, Workshops and Other Services, please scroll below.

On-site consultations are generally scheduled on Thursday, Friday & Saturday throughout the growing season. To schedule your initial consultation & site visit, or for further details/phone contact, please email: michaela (at) the gardeners eden (dot) com

*On-site consultations are available throughout New England, however if the site is located more than 25 miles from Brattleboro, VT, additional travel costs will be applied based on mileage. Large properties requiring more than a one hour site visit will be assessed an additional, pro-rated, hourly fee. Online Version, or E-Garden & Landscape Design Consultation: Would you like a consultation but live a great distance from my studio? For clients outside of my immediate area (but within USDA zones 3-7 or equivalent), I offer an online version: an electronic-garden & landscape design consultation. This interactive service requires a willingness to participate in the process by providing high-resolution digital photos of your property and other information about your site (including sunlight, exposure, rain/snowfall, dimensions, and soil type). Rates for the initial online e-garden & landscape consultation begin at $250 and include sketches made from your photos, site evaluation/critique, editing, hardscaping and planting suggestions, and horticultural advice on how to prepare your site. Please email michaela (at) the gardeners eden (dot) com for details. I have successfully worked with clients in USDA zones 3-7, both here in the United States and abroad. This service is recommended only for gardeners with previous experience, those with experienced help available to them, or a professional gardener/landscape crew for collaboration/installation.

Johnson Property – Garden Design & Installation: Michaela M. Harlow

Complete Garden & Landscape Design Plans Detailed Planning: Garden & Landscape Design Sketches, Drawings, Scale Planting Plans and Materials Lists The process that begins with an initial consultation —as above— continues with a comprehensive garden or landscape design, planting plans and materials lists. A complete design is essential for decision making, planning and gathering estimates. The design plan serves as a guide during both the process of installation and later, for ongoing maintenance. Depending upon the size, scope and complexity of the project, a completed design may include sketches and/or drawings, scale planting plans, and materials lists. Plans for small gardens begin at $500 (inclusive of initial visit). Total design costs will vary by size, scope and complexity of each individual project. Estimates are available after an initial consultation. *For projects located 25 miles or more from Brattleboro, VT, additional travel costs will be applied based on mileage. Online, E-Design Service – Complete Garden & Landscape Design Plans Detailed Planning: Garden & Landscape Design Sketches, Drawings, Scale Planting Plans and Materials Lists For clients outside my immediate area, I offer an electronic version of my design services*. This process begins with the Online, E-Design Consultation. Please email michaela (at) thegardenerseden (dot) com for details and requirements. *Travel to any site is possible in all cases, by prior arrangement.

Johnson Property – Garden Design & Installation: Michaela M. Harlow

Installation Assistance with installation of the completed garden or landscape design and/or project management —including, if needed, the selection of contractors & artisans as well as arranging for estimates — is available in New England and beyond. Upon request, I will personally install —or in the case of large landscape projects personally oversee the installation of— my garden and landscape designs. Because the complexity of installation and variability of materials associated with each individual project will vary, estimates for personal installation or contracted services will not be available until after the garden or landscape design with planting plan and materials list has been completed, reviewed and accepted or modified by the client. *For projects located 25 miles or more from Brattleboro, VT, additional travel costs will be applied based on mileage.

Madrigan, Residential Property – Garden Design & Installation: Michaela M. Harlow. Stonework: Curtis Gray

Maintenance Gardens are living works of art, and all properties —including gardens and landscapes designed for low maintenance— require seasonal care and upkeep. Although I no longer provide maintenance services, upon completion of your initial consultation —or after the creation of your new garden design and installation— a list of carefully selected, highly respected, professional landscape contractors is available for the southern Vermont, southwestern New Hampshire and the western Massachusetts, Pioneer Valley area. If you will be maintaining the garden yourself, detailed instructions for the care of your garden will be given upon the completion of your design/installation, upon request.

Ongoing Garden & Landscape Consultation

After the initial design consultation has been completed, if ongoing assistance with the renovation of an existing garden/landscape or further development of a large property is needed, I am available for continued consultation. Ongoing consultation may happen prior to, or in lieu of, a comprehensive design plan or completed installation. Ongoing consultation services include additional site assessments, assistance with selection of qualified landscape contractors for estimates on renovation/maintenance of a property, meeting with contractors/artisans and gathering or reviewing estimates, continued design and horticultural ideas or advice, selection and/or placement of trees, shrubs or other plantings for naturalized areas and more. After the initial garden/landscape consultation ($250), onsite/and e-consulting services are provided at a rate of $75 per hour*. Total project consultation costs will vary depending upon the size and scope of the property/project, as well as the geographic location. Estimates on large-scale consulting projects are available once the scope and responsibilities associated with the project are defined. *For projects located 25 miles or more from Brattleboro, VT, additional travel costs will be applied based on mileage.

Ferncliff, Residential Property – Garden Design & Installation: Michaela M. Harlow

Gift Certificates: Gift certificates are available for Onsite or E-Landscape & Garden Design Consultation and/or complete Garden Design ($250 for the initial consultation/$75 per hour thereafter*). Looking for a unique Wedding, House Warming, Mother’s/Father’s Day, Anniversary or Holiday Gift? A beautiful garden design makes an unforgettable statement! Gift Certificates are also available for small group party workshops. A Terrarium Design Workshop or Container Design Demonstration would make a great party event!

Contact me by email for details: michaela (at) the gardeners eden (dot) com

*For projects located 25 miles or more from Brattleboro, VT, additional travel costs will be applied based on mileage.

Retaining Wall Plantings in the Terraced Gardens (Madrigan Property). Stonework Here is by Curtis Gray

Above: Design Mock-Up Done Prior to the Start of a Large Entry Garden Project. Below: Newly Designed & Installed Entry Garden, Six Months After Planting. Site work by Turner and Renaud. Stonework by Curtis Gray.

For More Photos of The Garden Featured Above, Click Here for Photos of Extended Gardens, One Year Later & Blog Post

Above: Design Mock-Up of Raised Bed Planter Design and Plantings with Water Bowl, Done for Fireworks Restaurant. Below: Fireworks Restaurant’s Newly Designed & Installed Garden with Custom, Tiered Planters & Raised  Pedestal for Water Bowl (Photo Taken with Temporary Bowl Garden While Awaiting Delivery of Central Water Feature)

Newly Designed and Installed Brattleboro Museum & Art Center’s Sculpture Garden with Vessel by Steve Procter. Site Work and Stone Walkway by Turner and Renaud.

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center Sculpture Garden with Vessel by Steven Procter

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