Before & After: The Proposal

Katrina’s back with the next phase of the current Garden Story — we kicked off this series with The Breif – which you can see here.

When creating a plan for a garden, whether you are a professional or a planning your own garden, a Mood board is always a good place to start. Gathering inspiration, materials, and ideas in one place allows you to see a visual connection that will further generate ideas about what the design might be.   Check out Earth Design‘s mood boards for this garden. (I have set it up so that if you click on the gallery images below you should be able to see it large enough to read the writing).
I personally find that creating the mood board goes hand in hand with laying out plan ideas.   When I work a garden plan, I generally start with a scaled drawing of the garden and then overlay lots of sketch paper.  Using the plan beneath, I like to try out many ideas, often forcing myself to think of layouts that are totally incongruent and different (just for the sake of the forced creativity) from what just comes naturally.  It is through this challenge that I often find the best ideas.   Katrina’s  final plan is below ~
~Join us next week as we see explore how and why Katrina laid out the garden in this way and see it come to life with axonometric drawings and renderings!
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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Bret on January 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I am in the middle of garden planning right now. Since I am a High Density Bucket Gardener I am able to move my garden fairly easily. One thing is for sure that planning is not easy. I am trying to plan 10 to 15 years in the future. However, a mist planning I get a sweet sense of accomplishment the more I work on it! Here’s to a great garden in 2012!

  2. louise on January 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Enjoying Katrinas posts. Her website is so lively and well designed, showcasing the work. So talented!

  3. Katrina on February 1, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Thanks Louise, hope you can drop by on our blog form time to time and read our updates. Bret, we offer a postal design service which is worldwide, if you need a hand with planning your garden, do feel free to contact us, sometime a fresh pair of impartial eyes can make all the difference. Good luck with the planning.

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