Water garden design is probably the single most difficult garden design task to do well. Not only must the
designer have complete sympathy with water and how it is best placed
to enhance the landscape but a flair for, and a total understanding
of, each of the individual elements that combine to create a water
garden (See bridges,
etc. in the" Our Services "pages). As with all artistic endeavours, the temptation to include
every possible "feature" must be avoided at all costs - less is,
quite definitely, more. Pastiche rarely works well unless created very "tongue-in-cheek".
How many simply ghastly "Japanese" water gardens (or
pointless "Monet" bridges) have you seen?
We've lost count. A Japanese style water garden can, of course
be done well in the UK but not without concentrated effort,
understanding and attendant cost. Size is an important consideration since a good water garden
needs sufficient space for it to be a garden within a garden. From
outside the water garden the whole must appear attractive and
inviting and in keeping with its surroundings; from within, it must
entrance and delight without a single jarring note.
Water gardens - design and build
We make an
initial site visit and provide quotations without charge within our
area of operation (Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire). If you have a project in mind, please do not hesitate to
contact us to discuss your requirements. We are always delighted to make
our water garden design service available to those who are choosing a DIY approach to
their project as well as those who want to employ a local contractor and to garden designers, landscape architects and landscapers.
Water garden design commissions
Whether you are considering a small man-made water garden or a
converting a three acre, naturally wet, part of your grounds into a
water garden; draw on our experience to inform your project. Our
water garden design service encompasses the full panoply of design
related matters for you, your garden designer or your contractor.
Water garden design
Water garden design-and-build
over forty years we have designed and built water gardens in the gardens and grounds of private clients
in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire. Within this area, our normal area of operation, we make an initial site visit and provide firm
quotations without charge.
After our initial site visit and appraisal of the project, an agreed
fee may be charged for the design element of the proposed
design-and-build works. The fee scale and indeed whether there is a
fee at all, depends on the complexity and nature of the scheme.
Design-only commissions are undertaken for a set
and agreed fee for both the initial site visit and (after appraisal of the proposed works) for subsequent designs and site visits. We are happy to have as
much, or as little, involvement as you desire as the project progresses.