Garden Designs by Nan Sterman

Every garden I design is a personal space, carefully crafted to suit the owners’ tastes, complement the home’s architecture, and thrive in the site’s growing conditions. Each garden is individual; there is no one style or look, but all are waterwise.

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The Process

The Initial Consultation

Every new garden starts with a paid consultation that lasts between one and two hours. In this working session we discuss your wishes/hopes/desires while I analyze the challenges and opportunities to creating the garden of your dreams.

Meeting Notes

At your request, I can share my notes as a written record. From that point, some people take on the project themselves; others hire me to coach them; while still others ask for a full-blown garden design. Before we meet, there's some homework. Think about what you envision. Take photos of gardens and plants you like, even those you don't like. Having those visuals to share is invaluable.

Come up with a Budget

The cost of professional landscape design and installation is on par with major remodels. Design alone costs several thousand dollars, depending on the size of the project.


If we decide to work together, we start with the discovery, then I begin the design. This is an iterative process that includes reviews and feedback along the way. Once the design is complete - and has your approval - it goes to the contractor.

Garden Installation

During the installation, I consult with the contractor regularly to ensure that the garden designed is the garden installed. I select and place all the plants, as well. When changes become necessary and decisions are to be made, I'm there to ensure the integrity of the design intent.

Concierge Services

Following the garden's installation, you have the option of my ongoing consultation and support on a monthly, quarterly, or biannual basis. Pricing depends on the garden's need and level of service.

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