Testimonials

As per my first review below, Shanet designed the masterplan for our garden.  When we were finally ready to start work, Shanet was there to support us throughout the whole process.  From advice about the hard landscaping and preparing the planting plan, through sourcing and planting the plants, to ongoing tips and information about care and maintenance, Shanet’s knowledge and expertise was invaluable.  She was a real pleasure to work with and her love of gardens and gardening rubbed off on me (a novice gardener) quite considerably.  
Mrs R Fogg, Leeds

“We asked Shanet to provide us with a full garden design for our front and rear garden landscaping project. This was our first time undertaking a project like this, and was therefore quite daunting for us. Shanet guided us through the process from end to end in terms of what would be involved and the kinds of things we would need to think about.

Shanet is a very thoughtful designer, and considers a range of factors in her approach such as style of home, what we liked, nature, environmental, and other statutory planning considerations. She also talked to us about how the family would use the space, even our pet Cockapoo dog.

As we went through the initial sketch design and masterplan, Shanet gave us very clear explanations of her process and things we need to consider as we progress to the build stage.

If anyone is thinking of getting their garden landscaped, we would thoroughly recommend the value of an expert designer like Shanet for making sure the design and build considerations are properly planned. The masterplan design and visuals look amazing, and we can’t wait to see the garden when it is finally built later this year!”

I. Roberts, Leeds

‘Shanet was a fantastic help in helping us to clarify and develop our ideas for what we wanted from our garden. She listened carefully to our brief and created a design which was beautiful and practical. Even though we opted for a sketch design only, Shanet was happy to talk to us about ideas for materials and plants, and gave us lots to think about ahead of contacting the contractors. We are really excited to move forward to start work on the garden to make the plans a reality!’

C. Upton, Leeds

‘We have just received our garden design, and both my husband and I are super pleased with the proposals.  Shanet really took the time to understand our brief and to get to know us, so she could design a garden that would work for the whole family.  She was great to work with and answered all our questions – even the daft ones! We are looking forward to progressing the project to the next stage and, with Shanet’s help, making our dream garden a reality.’

Mrs R Fogg, Leeds

 “Shanet Alexander of Essence garden design was recommended by a neighbour whose garden I had been long admiring. I found her to be very in tune with what I wanted, she listened very well and asked questions about the way in which the garden would be used. Her survey that she sent was very good at whittling down what you really want. I had a good idea of how I wanted it to look but Shanet made some good suggestions I hadn’t thought of and I took them on board.  A very detailed plan was produced with all relevant measurements for the contractor. The garden looks better than I had hoped and I can’t wait to get started with the planting when the plants get delivered. In summary, it was a very smooth process and  I would recommend her to anyone wanting an affordable, reliable and talented designer.”

B. Barnes, Leeds

“My brief to Essence Garden Design was for an easily manageable, low maintenance garden.  The initial design covered all the features I requested and with minimal alteration, I received a very detailed but easily comprehensible plan and overview of the project.  I also opted to have a planting plan with plant suggestions I would perhaps not have independently considered, but with the knowledge of Essence Garden Design were entirely appropriate for my garden type.  I was very pleased with the professional service I received and delighted at how smoothly plans were achieved to accommodate all my requirements.”

J.King, Leeds

“Thank you so much to Shanet at Essence Gardens for all the help and support in the designing and construction of my front garden. I asked for the ‘WOW’ factor and that was definitely achieved! Time, care and thought was provided throughout the process. Ideas were thoroughly discussed and the garden was designed to dovetail in with the house. Attention to detail was meticulous. I would definitely recommend Essence Gardens. Thank you and WOW!”

C. Charles, Cookridge, Leeds.

“Shanet is highly experienced in her field and was able to both introduce some great ideas and turn our thoughts into something that really worked.  She has a very good understanding of the natural environment and always looked at how the garden could work with nature.  She ably and professionally manages the whole process from idea sharing to design to helping obtain quotes from recommended landscapers to planting, potting and fantastic aftercare.

We are delighted with our new transformed garden and would highly recommend Shanet and Essence Garden Design for any garden project.”

Nick & Gill McHugh. Leeds

“I have been very pleased with the services offered by Essence Garden Design, as the whole process has been very professional, with an excellent standard of drawings and design.  Communication via email has been very efficient, and deadlines have been adhered to.  The final design is very detailed, so I am optimistic about the final result, as the contractor I have chosen should be able to follow the design easily.  The advice offered by Shanet has been very helpful regarding which materials to use for the hard landscaping, and which plants would be best.  Overall, I am glad that I chose Essence Garden Design, and look forward to the final result.”

J. Luxford. Bradford

“Our cramped and badly overgrown garden has been transformed into a stylish and beautiful space. Shanet interpreted our ideas with a wonderful design including the planting of climbers and flowering plants to give interest and change through the seasons. We are very happy with our new garden.”

Linda Belderson. Leeds

“ Having made contact with Shanet of Essence Garden Design I was immediately impressed with her interest in creating a memorial garden area in respect of my late husband.

Her sensitivity coupled with her expertise made her the kind of person the family was looking for and she has created a very reflective area that should give comfort and pleasure to those using it for years to come”

“Thank you Shanet your design works brilliantly and has been much admired. Not only is it practical but stylish too, opening up the space to create a relaxing courtyard and for the first time in its 200 year history connecting the cottage to the garden.”

Jan & Brian Clifford. Bradley, Nr. Skipton.

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