Monday, March 2, 2009

Landscape Design & Construction



MISSION STATEMENT: Create a beautiful garden, promote the right plant in the right spot, and educate about plants, maintenance & design.*

My gardens are organic and sustainable, for you & Nature.
EXTERIOR DESIGN INCLUDES: Plants & Hardscape: 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: Licensed/insured Home Builder & contracting team.  We install 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.
YOUR GARDEN DESIGN IDEAS:  I pull the landscape from your imagination into a drawing. Incorporating the dictates of your site, architecture, interior style, and axis views from inside your home to design your landscape.
Gather the following for 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.
Create a Pinterest board of gardens you like & elements you want included in your landscape.

In historic, organic, beautiful, easy landscapes. To achieve this I use flowering shrubs, trees and groundcovers.
Landscapes begin inside your home into window views.
A landscape must be beautiful in February and  May.
Higher property value & lower HVAC are the product of good landscape design.
Tara's Trinity of the Southern Garden: azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas.
Creating a beautiful landscape creates a beautiful life.
Landscape Plan or Consultation
Acreage to subdivision to pied-a-terre.
Price: $165.00 For the first hour, $85.00 for each hour thereafter.  3 hour minimum.  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, Tara began designing and installing historically modern landscapes, emphasizing the balance between Life - Home - Garden.  Award-winning author of 5 books, including Garden Paths and Stepping Stones, Beautiful by Design, and The Garden View, Tara has had newspaper columns, magazine articles, and maintains a popular blog,  Based in middle-rural, GA, Tara lectures nationally/locally, spreading the message, Creating a beautiful landscape creates a beautiful life.

Sunday, February 15, 2009