A Hoedown is what I called my Garden Consultation Service, purely because ‘Garden Consultation’ sounds so boring!

Someone called it Garden Therapy as they were feeling so stressed and overwhelmed by their garden and not enjoying it all!  Others have found it really helpful at different times:  perhaps you’ve recently moved in, about to put your house on the market or have just built an extension and can now see your garden more or perhaps you’ve spent the last 6 weeks using it more and you have a niggly feeling it could be working better for all the family!

This year has been a different to usual with the onset of Covid-19 and the lockdown we’ve found ourselves in since the middle of March.  We’re finding ourselves in a new normal most weeks as households find themselves living in a new way and not being sure what the near (or long) future holds.  What has carried on as usual is the change in seasons from Winter to Spring and what a beautiful Spring we’ve had!

Working within the new normal has meant that I’ve had (and relished actually) the opportunity to think about how I do things and how I could make that work in a time and place that means I need to physically keep my distance to protect my family, my clients and my community.  I’ve still been conducting Hoedowns successfully.  Either remotely by Zoom/Facetime/Skype or in person where social distancing can be applied. Having now tested this out a number of times I’ve got a new way of working for the moment:

Face to Face Hoedown

  • In your garden WITHOUT a cuppa for an hour!
  • In your garden ONLY where I can access without coming through your house
  • In your garden ONLY with honesty about the health and well-being of the household
  • In your garden with payment upfront and by BACS
  • In your garden ONLY where we can keep 2m apart
  • In your garden WITH ONLY 1 or 2 adults and as many cats and dogs as possible!
  • Summary report sent afterwards so you don’t have to take any notes – including any sketch ideas and links to inspiration, suppliers, contractors, or plants
  • COST: £95 within a 5-mile radius of Redhill (I’m more than happy to travel further afield but will need to factor in travel costs)

Virtual Hoedown

  • Phone conversation to confirm priority areas (I’d suggest that design, layout, planting ideas work best this way)
  • Photos and video sent of the space before our meeting with guidance from me of best angles etc
  • Payment upfront by BACS
  • 1-hour virtual meeting held at an agreed time
  • Summary report sent afterwards so you don’t have to take any notes – including any sketch ideas and links to inspiration, suppliers, contractors, or plants
  • COST: £90

Email me to get the ball rolling!

Here’s what Claire had to say following our Hoedown:

“I spent a lovely hour in my back garden with Renée having a Hoedown.  She is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable.  I feel very inspired now and, most importantly, confident that I can change my garden to suit my family.  Renée listened to what I hoped to achieve and asked all the right questions.  I can’t wait to get started and thanks to Renée’s follow-up email with links and reminders of what we talked about it didn’t matter that I forgot most of the plant names we talked about! Thank you.”

Renee close upWhat would you want us to spend our hour discussing?  Let me know in the comments below!

Renée

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