Monday, March 2, 2009

updated 1-2013
LANDSCAPE DESIGN & INSTALLATION  MISSION STATEMENT: Create a beautiful garden, promote the right plant in the right spot, and educate about plants, maintenance & design.*

*My gardens are organic, sustainable, water-wise since green was a color not a movement.
EXTERIOR DESIGN INCLUDES: Plants, mulch, outdoor rooms, kitchens, pool, furnishings, patio/deck shapes-color-materials, pathways, pots, focal points, paint colors for house, gutters, shutters, light fixtures, doors, doormats, hardware, styling window views into the house.
INSTALLING YOUR LANDSCAPE: My licensed/insured contracting team installs complete garden & home renovation plans including plants, ponds, arbors, stone terraces, flagstone paths, gravel or concrete drive, boulder steps, cobblestone edging, stone walls, drainage solutions, Tara Turf, lawn, irrigation, cisterns, rain barrels and more.
DIY with my contractors.
YOUR GARDEN DESIGN IDEAS:  I pull the landscape from your imagination into a drawing. I incorporate the dictates of your site, architecture, interior style, and axis views from inside to design your landscape.
Gather the following to help me complete your landscape design.
Create a mission statement, no more than 2 lines, of what you want from and for your landscape. You may include a mission statement for front, back, or more.
Make a copy of your plat, it's usually with your mortgage papers.
Homeowner association rules. You are responsible for submitting the plan.
Determine where you have full sun, part sun, shade, part shade.
Make a list of plants you like.
Make a list of plants you dislike.
Tear out several pictures of landscapes you like or put post-it notes in garden books from the library.
Tear out 2 pictures of landscapes you do not like.

In organic, low maintenance & beautiful landscapes. To achieve this I use flowering shrubs, trees and groundcovers.
Landscapes begin inside your home from window views.
A landscape must be as beautiful in February as in May.
Fragrance, birds, butterflies, grace, and higher property values are the product of good landscape design.
In Tara's Trinity of the Southern Garden: azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas.
Creating a beautiful landscape creates a beautiful life.
Price: $165.00 For the first hour, $85.00 for each hour thereafter. Travel charges apply. Prices subject to change without notice.


Through the years I've been asked to create designs for out-of-state clients. A template emerged.
Things I need to design your landscape:

*A plat of your property.
*Several pictures of each side of your home.
*Several pictures from inside your home looking out main views to the landscape.
Once your plat, pictures & answers arrive we'll make a telephone appt. to talk about your landscape.
I'll draw a concept plan & mail to you. The concept plan includes shapes, focal points, hardscape & plant types.
We'll set another phone appt. to go over the concept plan.
More question/answer. We'll finalize axis, vanishing threshold, colors, styling, plant types.
Complete the plan & mail.
I'll coach you thru the process of creating phases for installing your landscape, diy, contracting or both.
Landscape designs on-line take 5-9 hours.
Follow-up questions via email are free.

Monday, February 16, 2009


Tara Dillard
Garden Designer
Tara Dillard is a nationally recognized garden designer, author, and speaker who has hosted her own TV program, The Better Gardening Show, on CBS. After earning degrees in engineering & horticulture, she began designing and installing low-maintenance landscapes with an emphasis on the balance between home, garden, and life. An award-winning author of 5 books, including Garden Paths and Stepping Stones, Beautiful by Design, and The Garden View, Tara also writes a newspaper column, magazine articles and maintains a popular blog on her website. Based in Atlanta, GA, she lectures nationally, spreading the message that creating a beautiful landscape will create a beautiful life.

Sunday, February 15, 2009