Get the Greenery of your Dreams

Tips for hiring the landscape architect who will get you your dream garden.

When preparing to create your dream outdoor space, it’s vital to make sure that you have a solid team behind you. This is where the hiring of your landscape team comes in.

It is no secret that the investment for a beautiful outdoor space is not a small one, so you want to make sure that you’re working with people you trust. That’s why ESTATENVY rounded up a few key tips for finding the gardener and landscape architect who are right for you and your home.

1. Do your research

The best way to hunt down the contractor who is a match for you is to do some of your own field research—and by that, we mean garden research. Visiting the outdoor spaces of friends is a great way to do so, and so is asking them their opinion on the contractors they worked with.

“We have found that the best way to find landscape designers is through word of mouth. Doing your research helps—reading publications, talking to others about their positive experiences. If you see aspects of a friend’s garden that you like, the contractor they worked with could be a great person to seek out,” said Daniel Weinbach of Daniel Weinbach & Partners landscape architects.

2. Know your property

There is a big difference between creating a garden for an urban property versus a suburban one. For example, a homeowner transitioning from city life to their first full sized family home may need to seek consultation from a new contractor.

“Usually, suburban gardens are much bigger and much more complex, and there are companies used to dealing with that. However, urban gardens are generally a lot smaller and easier to take care of, even though finding someone who specializes in this can be difficult. It is important to prepare in advance so you find the right person for your project,” Weinbach said.

3. Make sure they know your property

Once you have identified candidates that you feel are a fit for your specific property, a face to face meeting is the next step. By getting to know prospective gardeners in person and introducing your candidates to your garden, you’ll be able to see if they’re the right fit.

“Have the contractor see the space. They can evaluate how materials and people move in and out of your garden. Ultimately, you want to make sure that they understand the space and that it will be a good fit,” said Eric Schloss of Schloss Company landscaping.

4. Know their expertise and resume

Checking out past work that has been done of the landscaper is a good first step—it will showcase their expertise, style and professionalism. However, the next step to this is similar to that of a job interview. You need to evaluate their knowledge in the field that they’ve gained from their experience.

“When interviewing your potential contractor, prompt them with how they would deal with diseases. Because some plants will start to deteriorate for one reason or another, and you will want someone who is able to detect disease early on so the plants are not destroyed,” Weinabch said. “If they can identify the plants and diseases that is a telltale sign for how they plan to protect your garden in the long run and their problem solving skills.”

5. Make your goals clear

Your outdoor space is somewhere you will likely spend time every day, as well as entertain guests. So do not be shy about what you want and your expectations. Making this clear with your contractor from get-go is vital.

“Homeowners are spending their hard-earned money on the project. Make sure there is clear communication with the contractor chosen and that you establish a strong relationship with each other,” Schloss said.