We offer a wide range of design services, from consultations to garden element design to full property designs. We believe good design solves problems and makes space more beautiful, productive, enjoyable and ecological. We offer installation for all of our design services.
All of our permaculture design work starts here, this service can either be a "stand alone" visual guideline and inspiration or leads right into a full design.
Our property consultations help give homeowners ideas about the potentials and possibilities for their landscapes as well as ideas around the process of implementation. Before the consultation we will send you a questionnaire to fill out and return to us. We will review and pull any relevant data about your property in preparation for our meeting. During the consultation, we will walk the property with you, discussing what you currently have on site and how to best utilize what your already have, as well as what inputs would serve as key leverage points. You will gain valuable design direction and we will leave you with a list of our recommendations as well as some additional resources that are relevant to your specific site.
- Our consultations are between 1.5 and 2.5 hours (depending on size of property).
- The price of a consultation is $195 for a property under 1 acre and $245 for properties over an acre (plus mileage if >30 min drive from Essex). Payable at the time of service with either cash or check.
- We charge an additional $50 if the consultation is scheduled after 5pm during the week or anytime on the weekend (we understand that these can be ideal times for homeowners, however we try to limit the amount of consultations we do during hours that are usually set aside for our family).
Master Plan Design
A master plan design is a full design and written report for your property. The master plan gives you the resources needed for the initial installation and future management to bring your landscape into full productivity. Our consultation service is the start of this process. (Because there are so many factors that go into the design, we can not give you a quote until after the consultation) After the consultation, we will gather additional information and take all necessary measurements and record site data. Using this information, we will create a beautifully drawn permacutlure design for your property (full color, poster sized and electronic copy). The master plan includes full color to scale landscape drawing of your property as well as a booklet describing the property design, stages of implementation for various project, long term management strategies for the property, plant list with their requirements and uses as well as other resources to help in the installation and care of your property.
How It Works: After the consultation and we have completed the site work, we got to work and come up with a first draft drawing. At that time we meet with you again to share our DRAFT design and concept ideas. Based on your feedback in that meeting we will turn it into a final property design including a written report.
Option 2: We can offer a cost saving option on the design for black and white only drawings, as well as an abbreviated bulleted list of recommendations instead of a full report. To get more accurate pricing please contact us.
Garden Element Design
If you have a smaller portion of your property or only a few features that need attention we offer design services to fit your needs. For example we can design a front walkway with plantings, a small orchard, a raised bed garden, a patio design with plantings or other small projects.
While we source many plants from nursery (online and local) we have our own small scale nursery. Our nursery focuses on edible and medicinal plants that range from fruit trees to small herbaceous perennials. We utilize these plants in our installation projects as well as sell them individuals. See our selection and contact us about purchasing!
We work on all size projects and offer a wide range of install services; plantings, earthworks, stone and garden care. We offer installation on our design services as well as installation and care separate from those services.
Stonework and construction
We specialize in designing and building beautiful stone work that highlights the surrounding landscape. We do walls, structures and flatwork. Our stone work is founded on the same permaculture principles as our gardens work. We approach every stone job ecologically, by working with and highlight the surrounding landscape, building our walls either dry stack or using very limited concrete, only sourcing stone that was quarried in New England and using recycled stone as much as possible. We believe stone is a beautiful and natural building material and we build to last, combining functionality with form. Our stone work includes patios, walkways, walls, fire pits, seating, alternative building structures and any other work you might need. We also offer other construction work, using other materials and doing earthworks. Our wood work includes seating, raised beds, trellising and fencing. Earthworks include, swale and terrace construction, grading and water management.
We attempt to emulate the patterns that we find in nature into all of our planting designs. This means creating ecosystems in the landscape, where plants live in symbiotic relationship with each others. Some plants will be helping fertilize the soil, some will be helping to attract pollinators and others will be producing food, all working together to create a beautiful, sustainable and edible landscape. We source our plants from specific permaculture nurseries, local nurseries and our very own small scale nursery.
A healthy, thriving, and easily maintainable landscape is one that is modeled after nature. This means focusing on improving soil health, using plants that thrive in our unique environment, and using techniques to conserve and harvest water. We believe that people can have a positive impact on their environment, and that can start right in their own garden. We look for leverage points in the garden where the inputs can affect the greatest amount of change. The result is a garden that is both beautiful and function, meeting the homeowners needs while benefitting the larger ecosystem. We both establish and maintain gardens for peoples based on their needs.
We offer a wide range of maintenance services. We offer shrub and small tree pruning (ornamental and fruiting), berry patch management, organic lawn care, fertilization, spring and fall clean-ups, weed management and pest and disease control. All of our maintenance services only use organic techniques and never use any harmful chemicals. We work with the homeowner to creatively problem solve issues in their landscape, so we can come up with solutions that make sense for their goals and that add to the health of the surrounding ecosystems.
We believe in helping to equip people with skills and information so they can connect with their properties and the larger creative world. We offer a range of education experiences –permaculture workshops, classes, lectures, screenings and community events. We are excited to share our knowledge and experience with design and gardening.