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garden design process

Red Fern walks the client every step of the way through the creative process, professional install and ongoing maintenance to instill a sense of ownership and appreciation for a special piece the natural world tailored to their space and lifestyle.

Please note: Red Fern is a plant-centric design company. One of our aims is to introduce our clients to native flora and ways to support our local ecology.  We realize that faux turf is desirable in an urban setting for many reasons. However, we will only install faux turf if it is 20% or less of the overall design as a step toward more sustainability for our company.

Site Visit
The designer meets the client at the space for a consultation, including visual references and design discussion.  The designer takes measurements and pictures of the space. The designer will submit a preliminary budget for the project. If the client decides to work with RFB, a proposal fee tailored to the project size and scope is required, which covers the designer's time and creative output. 

The designer delivers the proposal to the client. The proposal includes the garden plan, visual references, full line budget, and a scale sketch of the garden design.


The client will receive a sketch of the garden design with up to two revisions. Revisions there after with be billed $50 per hour. If the client wishes to pursue a series of in-depth architectural drawings with up to four revisions, the fee is $350 for a full digital drawing package.


Specimen Selection
After the client enters into contract with Red Fern and the date for garden install is set, the designer will hand-pick the plant palette from the best nurseries in the area.


Red Fern will professionally install your garden with a courteous crew of experienced hardscape artisans and knowledgable gardeners. We will protect floors, windows, and doors from damage and leave the space clean. Red Fern and all work crews are fully insured.

Follow Up
The designer will make a follow up visit approximately two weeks after the install to check on the garden's progress. At that time, the designer and client can discuss possible maintenance plans if needed.

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