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Complete Master Plan

The master plan shows exact locations of all plants, pathways, beds, outdoor rooms and other features. An establishment plan will help you create all areas over a desired time-frame.


  • Increase curb appeal, enjoyment and landscape usefulness.

  • Maximize the potential for growing food, attracting birds and butterflies, conserving home energy and managing rain water.

  • Decrease mowing and other maintenance chores by creating a landscape that cares for itself.


We will visit your landscape two or more times, depending upon the size of the space and the desired level of detail.

Initial Visit

  1. An ecological designer visits you at your landscape for approximately 1 hour.

  2. The designer walks your landscape with you to gain an in-depth understanding of your goals, ideas and budget.

  3. Shortly after the visit, the designer sends you a proposal and cost estimate that defines the details and scope of the design.

  4. Once the proposal and estimate are agreed upon, another visit is scheduled to begin the design process.


Follow Up Visits

  1. During the first visit, a thorough analysis of your landscape and several concept designs are reviewed. The concept designs depict the general placement of areas, paths major features and major plants. Each concept emphasizes different features or travel patterns.

  2. A final concept design is created from preferred features and used as a basis for the next step.

  3. A preliminary design defines exact sizes of areas, pathways, beds, hardscape and major plants. Perspective (3D) renderings help visualize and understand the design.

  4. Refining the preliminary design, planting diagrams will be created with species lists that fulfill criteria for habitats, pest resistance and ecosystem architecture.

  5. An establishment plan is provided along with general ideas for labor and materials.



  • Measurements are taken for a detailed base map.

  • Specific plant varieties and seed mixes are researched and selected based upon your goals and landscape characteristics.

  • Plants are researched and placed to create harmonious, beautiful and self-supporting groupings.

Examples of Deliverables

Example Perspective (3D) Rendering
Example Perspective Rendering
Example Master Plan
Example Master Plan
Example Planting Plan
Example Planting Plan
Example Concept Design
Example Concept Design


$600 - $5,000

The price depends upon the size of your landscape and your desired level of detail. A quote for the price will be provided after the initial visit.

What You Receive

After the consultation, an electronic (PDF) document will be provided that includes...

  • Thorough assessment of your landscape identifying major features, travel patterns, water flows and sunlight exposure.

  • 2-3 concept designs and a final concept design.

  • Preliminary design and perspective (3D) renderings showing outdoor rooms, bed locations, major features and major plants.

  • Master plan detailing exact locations of overstory and understory plant species along with pathway, edging and surfacing recommendations that stay within your budget.

  • Hardscape and layout plan showing exact measurements of all elements.

  • Researched plant lists and seed mixes for pollinator habitat, ever-blooming gardens, high food yields, shade trees and visual screens.

  • Establishment plan for each season over multiple years.

  • Management and establishment ideas based upon your budget, gardening expertise, available time.

  • List of deer-resistant plants.

  • Local and online sources for plants, seeds and materials.

  • Tool recommendations.

  • Relevant publications.

Contact us with questions or to arrange a visit.

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