I love my garden and your design is perfect! Thank you for your professional and friendly approach.
We chose Helen because when we met she came to visit she came across as the most closely aligned with our thinking. We are novices but know what we like; we appreciated Helen’s understanding of our needs and her ability to transform poorly formed ideas into a realistic plan. Her gentle coaxing and guidance allowed our input throughout the project while still maintaining a realistic plan. I would happily recommend Helen to anyone.
We are very pleased with the finished garden and are still amazed as the season passes and new delights appear. ESGD have transformed our needs for colour, perfume and drama into a beautiful and practical garden.
This year we used Elks-Smith Design on a second major project, having previously used Helen and her team for re-designing the garden of our holiday cottage. Helen provides an amazing end-to-end service, from the initial concepts, to the very detailed design work and plant selection, and through the project management of the work. A key reason for selecting Helen is her personal service and tremendous commitment to the project, which we knew from working with her before. Helen has an impressive eye for detail, and insists on and delivers a quality end product. We look forward to continuing to work with Helen on an ongoing basis as the garden matures.
A personable and personal service with a passion for delivering a quality product.
BALI membership was also an important consideration in our selection of Elks-Smith Design. BALI stands for quality, and provides a framework for the ethos and relationship that we would expect to have with a designer. We take comfort that there is a set of standards that a recognised body expects of its members, and we know that Helen is serious about, and takes pride in, her membership.
We searched online and in local directories for local professional garden designers within a 20 mile radius of our property. Chose three and met with each of them at the property to discuss our ideas/requirements and to listen to their responses and outline ideas/suggestions. Chose Helen Elks Smith as she quickly understood what we were trying to achieve and we were soon on the same wavelength. She was very professional and not pushy or overbearing in her approach which was not the case with the others. We instantly felt we could work with her and enjoy the experience.
Helen achieved everything we wanted and more. She involved us every step of the way making it a really exciting and fun project for us.
We love it as does everybody who visits and sees it for the first time! It has a “wow” factor that people don’t expect in a property that looks fairly ordinary from the outside. We spend as much time as possible in the garden and during last summer’s wonderfully hot sunny spell we virtually lived in it and hope we can do that again this year. Helen has stayed in touch to make sure that all is OK and where we have had any questions about plant care she has answered them very quickly and helpfully.
We moved into a new house and knew we were going to need professional help to turn our strangely shaped outdoor space into our dream garden. Although we are both keen gardeners, and had arrived with pots and pots of plants we had propagated themselves, we were intimidated by this triangular, dilapidated plot. We’d never done anything like this before so it was a bit daunting. We found Helen and once we had met her knew she was a person we could work with.
Helen listened to our description of what we wanted to achieve and where certain elements were to be located within the design and produced an initial layout. Helen came up with things we would never have thought of. From this original plan, which changed very little, came the beginnings of a project that completely overhauled the space. That was three years ago and we remain very happy with the design. The garden is a joy to us.
Helen designed and oversaw the construction of an imaginative, beautiful, interesting and much admired garden for us. We were especially delighted with the combination of hard landscaping and the planting which is in perfect balance between with the contemporary feel of the interior, and the Purbeck stone Barn exterior dating back to 1850. Helen was sympathetic to our wishes but also suggested with confidence her ideas and, for a large garden it is easy to maintain too!
Every time we look at it we get such pleasure. It is hard to believe that the back garden is only 4 years old. Each and everyone admires it, the planting the layout , everything.
I absolutely love the designs. I absolutely love the structure the pergola gives the garden. Love it! I am envisaging us sat in the lovely garden already. So just to confirm in case it is not clear we love it!!!!!
You have done an excellent and very patient job with the outline design. We know that we could not have achieved anything even remotely as good as what we now have without you. So thanks very much and well done!
We are delighted with the design you have done for us and feel it will enhance our garden. I am particularly happy to see all the curves that you have been able to include.
I loved the garden last year and I am so enjoying the garden starting to grow further in this second year after planting – so exciting!
Loving the terrace it’s going to be so fantastic when all the planting is in.
It looks brilliant.
Thank you very much for your great garden design.
We love the design. Although we are keen gardeners we would not have created such a beautiful space that works so well for us.