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New Jersey garden designer Leeann Lavin's Duchess Designs

Duchess Designs offers solid, comprehensive plans for both hardscape and the plant material that makes a garden a joyful experience for all the senses: touch, sight, sound, and taste! As an award-winning New Jersey garden design and build firm, Duchess Designs, LLC produces "garden rooms" with style and interest including:

  • Game areas for bocce, croquet, badminton, and more
  • Entry and greeting gardens, foundation & driveway designs
  • Fantasy gardens based on various themes, including literature, movies, music, and fine art
  • Hardscapes such as driveways, decks, arbors, porches, outdoor shower, hot tub, BBQ, dining, entertaining, theater, and pool areas
  • Specialty gardens including English border gardens, grasses, cutting gardens, water gardens, native plant gardens, “Compost Cabanas,” potager or kitchen vegetable and herb gardens, children's gardens, and pets in the garden

As an award-winning New Jersey landscape designer Leeann – and the entire Duchess Designs team of professionals -- can create the landscaping garden design of your dreams.

Walk through the process with your New Jersey Landscape Designer

The process begins with a consultation to garner initial input. There is a discussion of favorite music, fine art, lifestyle, pets, children, and proposed elements that may be planned for the property including pool, bbq, sports areas, and herb or vegetable potagers. Duchess Designs produces a personality profile that reflects the homeowners unique design aspirations. The pre-design work includes several visits to the property to determine wind direction, soil status, and weather impact, taking "before" pictures for concept development by the New Jersey garden designer. The key to this stage is the development of a "wish list," capturing the client's lifestyle, priorities, and the site's unique possibilities.

A hallmark of Duchess Designs is the rich, exuberant use of plants - especially native plants that are excellent for attracting wildlife pollinators including birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The New Jersey landscape designer then begins design development, coordinating the wish list with concepts based on feedback, budget, and other research. Decisions are made for materials and a final concept. A proposed garden design is presented for the client to review, using drawings and computer-generated concepts so that the client can better understand the proposed look of the design. Once written approval is secured for the design and budget, a timeline is coordinated. Duchess Designs produces the customized blue prints and plant lists. Duchess Designs works with local nurseries to secure the plant material that will fulfill the garden design concepts to make the garden art a reality. Duchess Designs manages the plant deliveries from the nurseries and secures the specialized teams to install the plants and the hardscapes

Finally, on-site management occurs once implementation is complete. If the client prefers, Duchess Designs provides a fine gardening team to maintain the health of the plants and insure the integrity of the design. For a more detailed look, please visit the Duchess Designs services page.

 

 

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