Transform Your Personal Nature

Gardens by Gabriel specializes in everything from backyard sanctuaries to large-scale property transformations. Our commitment to sustainable practices drives us to design and install garden environments that are wildlife-friendly, low-impact and resource-efficient. Gardens by Gabriel will guide you through the process of idea generation, design creation, and landscape installation. And if you’re looking to tackle your own project, we offer hourly consultation services.

Step One: Landscape Design
Every Project Begins with a Great Design!

Design Collaboration

During a design meeting, two designers will visit your site to get a feel for its microclimate, soil type, sun exposure, and grade. We gather from you how you’d like to enjoy your future garden and what features you envision.

Details in tow, we combine the nitty gritty with the fanciful to create a full-color Concept Plan that represents the blend of hardscape (patios, walk, pergola) with specific plant species to create your ideal outdoor living environment. You take the time to evaluate the Concept Plan for as long as you want before we finalize it.

With your feedback, we make adjustments and create the Final Plan. A garden design is not a rush job; the goal is to make sure you feel confident about the feel and layout before we move to installation.

Achieving Clarity

A design is as much for your clarity as it is a game plan for our team. We’re often creating an entirely new outdoor environment with walls, fences, patios, and so forth; a design articulates all the necessary materials and pinpointed locations of a layered installation project. A plan keeps everyone on the same page with a united vision of the haven-to-be.

Keeping Your Project On Track

Our design is a scaled version of your property, which us to accurately budget costs including mulch, soil, plants, stone, labor, irrigation, etc. We aim to avoid the majority of budget surprises during a project by presenting a thorough cost breakdown before we start.

If you want to make a change during the install process, then we can do that––we can track changes because we have a plan to reference. There are always going to be a few unknowns and decisions made on the fly, but with a solid plan we can move as seamlessly as possible from design to install, and on to enjoyment!

Step Two: Landscape Transformation
The Nitty Gritty

All in a day’s work right? Well… maybe just a bit longer. Designing and installing a garden takes as much coordination as a wedding–one that lasts anywhere from a week to months at a time! You’ll have a lot of questions and we’ll work to keep communication open in order to keep things moving as smoothly as possible. 

Constructing a landscape involves moving volumes of earth, removing unwanted plants, trenching for irrigation, and bringing in mountains of new materials. Even if there isn’t much demolition, the first third of a project can look like a disaster: dirt is upturned; new piles of soil and supplies appear stacked all over; the site seems chaotic. What began as a dream can start to look like a nightmare. 

Nevertheless! Banish those second thoughts and resist the urge to panic. We are well aware of how the process appears on the surface, and are there to help guide you through the uncertain stages. We take pride in treating your home like our own, making great effort to minimize impact to your daily rhythms during construction.

Building a sustainable garden depends on all elements of the ecosystem being in harmony. To give a bit of insight into the sequence of transformation: 

  • We first address the bones of your space by upgrading the irrigation, utilities, and drainage issues so all the unseen elements operate efficiently. 
  • Next up are the hardscape features such as concrete, stonework, and carpentry that frame the structure of the space. Hardscape is labor intensive, so this stage can take the bulk of the schedule depending on the design. 
  • After the permanent features are installed we thoroughly prepare the soil for the type plants we’re specifying. The soil’s texture, structure, and fertility will impact the plants’ ability to properly extract water and nutrients, enabling lush, healthy growth. 
  • Making a hospitable environment for your plants requires incorporating organic matter, precise irrigation, and finishing with a thick layer of mulch once plants are in the ground. 
  • Inevitably, the process of attending to these fundamentals produces a bit of a dusty mess. Rest assured, we finish every installation with a tidy cleanup and pressure washing the areas that were soiled in the process. 
  • Ultimately, your patience will be rewarded, and you can enjoy the beautiful environment for years to come.

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