Initial & Advisory Consultations
The process starts with a Consultation at the location of the proposed or current garden site. Contact us today to schedule your Consultation!
Initial Consultations are for the growing novice looking to start a brand new garden. During an Initial Consultation, we measure dimensions, photo-document the area, take a soil sample, and– most importantly– have a conversation with you about your vision and priorities. The best way to prepare for your Initial Consultation is to think about what you/your family eat on a regular basis; what would you prefer to grow yourself instead of buying from the grocery store?
Initial Consultations are free with a Garden Installation! –we will fully refund the Initial Consultation fee if you decide to move forward with any garden work. We charge flat rate of $85 for Initial Consultations within DC and $115 for Initial Consultations within the Capital Beltway. While our range is primarily DC and the surrounding areas, we are open to Initial Consultations outside The Capital Beltway for an additional fee of $1/mile, to and from your site and our Hyattsville, MD facility.
Advisory Consultations are for the DIY-er–an experienced gardener looking for advice to trouble-shoot specific situations or a client looking to consult on a master plan for their large garden or mini-farm. During an Advisory Consultation, founder Meredith Sheperd, will visit your established garden-scape, discuss your growing history with the garden, it’s strengths and challenges, your observations, your goals, and then work through an in-depth problem solving session with you. We will make recommendations using specific solutions and methods, demonstrate how-to’s, and follow-up with a Custom Design (if requested), and/or a Proposal and Estimate if you’d like us to move forward with and carry out any garden work that was discussed during the Consultation.
We charge flat rate of $125 for Advisory Consultations within DC and within the Capital Beltway. While our range is primarily DC and the surrounding areas, we are open to Advisory Consultations outside The Capital Beltway for an additional fee of $1/mile, to and from your site and our Hyattsville, MD facility.
After your Initial or Advisory Consultation, you have the option to request a Custom Design. This step involves incorporating the information gathered during the Consultation into a drawn-to-scale graphic in order to enhance your visualization and understanding of the proposal. This step is optional and Designs are of course, totally flexible! All of our gardens incorporate herbs, companion plants, nutrient cycling, and secession plans for multiple plantings throughout the season. If you decide to move forward with any garden work, we will credit 50% of your bill for the Design toward the garden work costs.
Design work is $75 an hour and depending on the complexity of the garden space, usually takes from 2 to 7 hours to complete.
If you would like to skip the Custom Design work step, then we will proceed by creating and sharing your Proposal and Estimate for you to review.