Garden Owner's Form for Julie Witmer Garden Design
This is an important first step in the journey to your new garden design!
It will help you, the owner, to think about:
~what is already in your garden
~what problems you would like to solve
~what you want your garden to be like
Please take time to consider each item. This is a wonderful tool that will help me to design a garden that you will love for years to come!
When you click "submit" at the bottom, it will be sent right to my email inbox. Then, I will contact you by phone or email to set up our first appointment. Looking forward to it!
Please list approximate ages of the members of your household and frequent visitors.
Some garden features, like ponds or steps, must be carefully thought out if your home includes young children or elderly.
Do you have any of these problems with your garden? Select all that apply.
Lack of privacy
House sits too close to street for comfort
Utility pole or man cover eye sores
Not enough parking
Not enough lighting
Not enough tool storage
Not enough place space for children
Unsafe areas for children or pets
Nowhere to entertain or current space too small
Traffic noise or other neighborhood disturbances
Inadequate paths (un-level, unsteady for walking or muddy)
Windy / Exposed site
Stagnant water or bog area
Flooding into house
Overgrown bushes that obscure paths
Too much lawn care
Other animals (voles, rabbits, squirrels, etc)
Not enough flowers or unsatisfying plantings
Sparse foundation planting
Not enough room for vegetables & herbs
Nowhere to start seedings or garden in winter
No coherence of design (not a satisfying whole to the garden experience)
No interesting views from windows for the winter months
No connection to house
Other Garden Problems?
How do you want to use your garden? Select all that apply.
Grass area for play
Swing set or other large playground equipment
Children's hidden play area (tree house or enclosed shrubbery)
Cut flower garden
Greenhouse or cold frame
Garbage can area
Tool or garden shed
Other garden uses?
Connecting Your Garden to Your Home
Which windows do you use most often?
Which doors do you use most often?
Which door do visitors use most often?
Are there particularly fine views in any direction beyond your property?
What colors do you prefer in your living area?
What materials do you prefer?
(Wood, stone, tile, metal, etc)
What is your interior style?
(country, shabby chic, formal/traditional, modern sleek, Victorian, natural, bold colors, etc)
Is there a garden style that you envision working on your site?
(formal, cottage, country, semi-formal, Japanese, Spanish, etc.)
What is your favorite season?
Where (if present) are these in your garden?
Fencing (what type?)
Adding to Your Garden
What would you like to add to the garden design?
Water (pools, fountains, rain chain)
Ornaments (statuary or objects)
Structures (pergola, decking, fencing, arches, etc)
Green roof or vertical garden
Shed or outbuilding
(How many spaces?)
(How many people?)
Choosing Your Plants
What types of vegetables do you like to grow, if any?
What flowers do you wish you had in your garden?
What shrubs do you wish you had in your garden?
What trees do you wish you had in your garden?
Are there planting color-schemes you prefer?
(Eg: purple & chartreuse, mixed blue shades, all white, mixed pastels or warm schemes in red & yellow.)
Do you want to attract wildlife?
What time of day is your garden most used?
What plants have sentimental value to you?
What flowers, shrubs or trees do you detest?
Other Considerations to Design
Do you have any of these?
Utility lines & poles
Public water lines and sewer
Building codes, especially about the perimeter
Ice build-up house roof
Other Utilities or Safety Issues?
Which design services are you interested in at the moment?
Short consultation visit & planting advice
Full consultation visit & survey
Scaled garden design plan
Planting / Gardening work