LANDSCAPING

For the creation of a garden, three processes build on each other: design, construction, and maintenance. These phases do not come to a head except as a collective, for each has an effect on the others. Though our landscape architects, landscape designers, and gardeners work individually, they help form the garden as a group.

The realization of a thoughtfully designed project can only come after several years, for a garden is not ready the moment it is handed over: much time and painstaking maintenance is necessary for a garden to grow into its true splendor.

Garden design

The garden plan is a document that gives the client a picture of his or her planned garden and provides the contractor with instructions for its construction. The designer creates this plan on the basis of the client's desires and supports it with technical justifications. Thus, the formation of a garden plan is a series of decisions that necessitates a substantial amount of acquired knowledge, familiarity with the law, practical experience, and creativity. The garden designer's work is not constrained to the area the plan is created for, as it often has an impact on the surrounding landscape, as well.

We undertake full-scale garden design with the involvement of our experienced colleagues, from the concept plan through to the licensing plan and the creation of the construction plans. Whether it be a public institution, office building, apartment building, villa, modern or historical garden, multiple hectare park, or roof terrace, our colleagues create the appropriate plans for the client with superlative expertise.

Design process

After having been contacted by phone or email, our associates will arrange a personal meeting with you. In the course of a walk-through of the location, we will map the existing vegetation and other relevant features (the terrain, existing structures) and uncover the client's desires and expectations. In light of all this, we will prepare a cost estimate with multiple alternatives, taking into consideration the design, construction, and maintenance work.

After the quote has been accepted, we begin the design process, whose first step is the drafting phase. In this period multiple options and suggestions are presented to the client, containing the possible layout arrangements with functions labelled and the hardscapes and main plant species separated. With the help of previews and photographs we display the key elements (e.g. the typical plants, hardscape types, garden fixtures, proposed lighting solutions, etc.). For the sake of clarity, cross-sections and renderings may also accompany the drafting plans.

Should the designer deem it necessary during the design stages for the licensing process to be undergone, he or she will choose the plan agreed upon with the client and make it out according to the licensing requirements.

In the course of the construction design, the development of the accepted concept or licensing plan is undertaken with the attention to detail necessary for the contractor to be able to construct the garden. Over the course of consultations with the client and co-designers during the design process, the critical points spanning multiple disciplines come up for discussion and the desired hardscapes, plants, fixtures, etc. are chosen. The designs are supplemented with a detailed work plan which provides an explanation of the things represented in the design, including the materials to be used and the characteristics of the plants. This also helps with future maintenance work. We provide a planning cost estimate based on the exact amounts in the plan, and write a detailed set of technical instructions.

The pre-design survey and additional tasks

Various basic documents and survey plans are necessary in order to begin the design, such as a geodetic and utility map. These are provided by the client if they are available; otherwise we will prepare them or obtain them through our partners.

There are cases where, independent of any design tasks, it proves necessary to procure research materials or other data for inventory or the creation of treatment plans for various green areas. One such collection of data is the preparation of the tree registry, where the trees of a park or public road are individually listed in an inventory. In order to make this the following are recorded along with photographs:

  • Tree species (with Hungarian and Latin names)
  • Tree measurements (trunk circumference, crown circumference, tree height)
  • Health of tree (from roots to crown)
  • We provide notes about the general state of the tree, and give suggestions for the treatment of the tree

Garden construction

Over the course of a garden's construction, the plans created by the designer become a reality. While constructing gardens and parks, we are able to effectively complete our work thanks to the coordinated labor of our outstanding specialists and our machinery. Our company's unparalleled advantage is based on our experience in park maintenance, for over the course of the construction our guiding principle is quality, technically unimpeachable work and a clean environment, for the sake of a garden that can be maintained over the long-term.

Some important landscaping and construction tasks:

  • Landscaping tasks (the formation of retaining walls, gradients, drainage system, etc.)
  • Planting (creating a lawn-seeding or sodding, planting annual and perennial flowerbeds, shrubs, and trees-including mature trees)
  • Constructing various water features (fountains, lakes, cascades, etc.)
  • Constructing, fixing, or replacing the automatic irrigation system

Park maintenance

Maintenance is the last phase of a garden's creation, but isn't its final part. Maintenance is a constant duty during which we look after the plants on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Since we work with living materials where environmental changes greatly impact the development of plants, the maintenance crew's technical knowledge plays a particularly important role during this phase. Maintenance is also a creative task whereby we form the designer's vision into a work of art. For example, in the case of topiary the technique and timing of the trimming plays an important role. For years, our company has cultivated exclusive gardens to the great satisfaction of our customers; even so, we give every garden individual attention according to the plans of the designer and the requests of the client.

Some important landscape maintenance tasks:

  • Caring for plants
  • Tending to trees and shrubs, transplantation
  • Special treatment of mature trees (hollow treatment, crown support, transplantation, etc.)
  • Caring for and weeding of annual and perennial areas
  • Lawn treatment (aeration, fertilization, mowing, etc.)
  • Pest control
  • Maintenance and operation of the irrigation system
  • Keeping fountains and water features in operation
  • Keeping all hardscapes clean and free of weeds