How much do you charge?
site visits are billed at a flat rate of $75. Site visit fees
fees are quoted before work begins and encompass all
consultations providing design options, plant lists,
Each project is unique. Contact Melissa to discuss yours.
What size properties do you work with?
the nature of a project is more important to us
importantly, we are interested in working with people who
that sounds like you, please tell us more
What is a Sanctuary Garden? or Do you only design Zen Gardens?
Our Principal established Sanctuary Gardens on the premise that
a beautiful and accommodating space is a sanctuary for both our
physical and mental selves, and provides a place for growth
and exploration. Establishing that space outside in the landscape,
when possible, provides vital and sometimes forgotten connections
to our broader world and living things that are non-human but not
non-essential. Whether your sanctuary is designed to nurture quiet,
meditative energy, bright active energy, or a whole spectrum of
experiences, the core element is you.
Our "sanctuaries" have been developed in a variety of styles and
sizes (most with nary a deity in sight), each facilitating a unique
conversation between the surrounding environment and the people
How much should I expect to spend on my landscape design?
can be difficult to know how much to spend on construction.
That said, a good landscape designer can help you achieve significant improvements on even a limited budget.
key: take time to determine both your short-and-long-term
Will the garden be ready for an event next month?
The landscape design process can last from two to four months.
Because good landscape contractors may be booked for months
beyond that, we recommend you begin interviewing contractors
as soon as you approve the preliminary design. You will then be
in the queue and ready to begin installation when the final plans
It is important to note that a garden is a collection of living,
growing things that, when planted respectfully, are provided space
to become established and mature over time. While plants can
be installed to give the appearance of an established garden
right away, future maintenance will involve culling a percentage
of plants to provide for continued growth.
I already know what I want; why do I need a designer?
Having a good sense of what you want from your landscape is
one of the most important things you can offer your landscape
designer. Beyond that, a professional designer's training and
experience helps us understand how your needs can be met
within the specifics of your site -- matching them with your particular
environment, existing architecture, and your property's strengths
designers are also familiar with municipal codes that
Gardens serves as an ongoing resource to our clients,
importantly, though, your landscape designer provides you
Site Design: Maja Brugos Design