Recommend

I'm very happy to recommend Ken Haken and First Garden Design. Of the three designers who came to quote for the job, Ken was the only one who seemed to grasp my vision for the garden, which had to allow for the needs of my disabled husband and include a pergola! 

The 80-foot garden we inherited when we moved in was very inadequate, with dangerous, poorly made steps and patio, a haphazard edging of mixed shrubs, and the rest covered in gravel or hardstanding with a jungle of seasonal weeds, all surrounded by a cheap, failing fence. 

Ken's experience and profession approach were clear from the beginning, and his enthusiasm for his work was inspiring. He was always happy to answer my many questions and made helpful suggestions as well as recommendations for achieving a beautiful, quality result, for example the stunning sandstone for our large split-level patio. He thought out every detail, having particular concern for husband's safety and comfort. 

When I realised that my original budget would not get us the garden I wanted, Ken came up with a second plan that had a true wow factor with its curving lines and range of colourful shrubs and climbers. He also took great trouble to find a landscaping firm that could work to his high standards for the best price (and we also saved some money by going for younger plants). 

The end result is the envy of our neighbours on both sides, and I have a view out the kitchen window that gladdens my heart every day, come rain or shine.

Janet - Harrow

Brilliant

Ken visited our home to discuss the garden that we wanted to create. We found him very personable; he listened to what we wanted, asked lots of questions about what we used the garden for, those who lived within the household and what we really wanted once the garden was finished. He put forwards lots of ideas for designs and was clearly very knowledgeable about the different types of materials and the plants that would go in our garden the best.

Ken was then able to produce a mock up of what our garden would look like and it was absolutely outstanding! The detail that was obtained was incredible and we really felt as if we were walking around it. We were very excited to say the least. Overall, we would like to thank Ken for his expertise and passion that he put into the design for our garden.

Joshua, Wokingham

Excellent in All Areas

Ken has provided an excellent level of service. Ken was very quick to assume project management beyond his original remit resulting in an outstanding design.

I would recommend First Garden Design to anyone who wanted an excellent design with the best of service.

J Moore

Nov 2015

Thank you

We wanted to restructure our garden and had a vague vision, but no detailed plan. We found Ken by chance and were delighted we did!! We needed help to get the best out of our garden and to give us the confidence to get rid of some established trees which were limiting our options. 

Firstly, Ken is a very approachable, down to earth man. He is clearly creative and interested in garden design. He has a very methodological process to ascertain what his clients are actually after. We each had to complete questionnaires to gauge our likes / dislikes and give Ken some insight to our personalities and design styles. We were also encouraged to create some design / mood boards from magazine cut outs etc.  Ken then undertook a very detailed survey of the garden topography.

Following further discussions, Ken then took everything away and came back with some detailed first proposals for the garden. Once these had been tweaked to our satisfaction, Ken produced some beautiful coloured and scaled plans for the final design. This really enabled us to visualise the final outcome.

Ken also kept out budget in mind throughout the design process and provided detailed costs for all the components suggested and possible suppliers. Ken also has good knowledge and suggestion for planting schemes.

Our garden is now completed and maturing beautifully. We would have no hesitation in recommending Ken. He has excellent ideas, is hard working, has a transparent fee structure and seeks to delight his clients. We have had loads of compliments on our garden. Thank you Ken!

Carmen and Nick - Berkamsted

Exciting

I first heard of Ken via a gardener. My garden is fairly large, plain with a lot of sheds! Ken looked around, and spent a lot of time asking what the family’s main use of the garden would be, to make sure his design was just right. No small task.

Ken listened to everything and came up with the perfect design that fits all our needs. His time and commitment to our project has been wonderful and I would highly recommend Ken to do any project no matter how small, how big, how simple or complicated – you will not be disappointed.

I can't wait for the Landscaper to start.

A Brooks - Oxfordshire

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