Gary Foran

Website: www.garywforan.ie

Tel: (01) 821 7512

Mobile: 086 350 8845

E-mail: info@garywforan.ie

Address: 3 Park Lodge, Castleknock

Biography

In my work, I enjoy sharing my passion for garden and landscape design with my clients, all the while seeking to match their confidence and trust in me as a professional designer, with results that meet, and perhaps surpass their expectations.

My philosophy is simple, yet all encompassing; ‘if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well’. This is reflected right from the beginning, in each aspect of every new garden or landscape design commission I undertake, where to me attention to detail is of paramount importance. Not only is this very much so in my own design work, in which I value and seek to maintain the highest standards of my profession as outlined by the GLDA, and which are prerequisite for full membership. I also appreciate and expect the same high standards and quality of workmanship from those landscape or other contractors I work closely with on a given project. In saying this, I would never ask anyone to do something I wouldn’t be willing to do myself, and as such I have a practical hands on approach to my work, often times working alongside the main contractor during a garden build. In most cases, I will provide the plant requirements for a project and a planting service.

A critically important stage of all new garden design projects begins with the formation of the brief. I place great emphasis on first getting to know my clients, by listening to and understanding their needs and requirements fully, before committing pen to paper. This is done preferably by way of an initial site meeting, lasting a minimum of one hour, in which time the client’s own personal wish list, and their likes and dislikes are noted down and discussed, including their expectations of a project’s duration and budget spend. From a practical perspective, preliminary notes are made on aspects of the site or garden’s history, geography, and its location and context within the surrounding landscape. In addition, careful consideration is given to the opportunities a site presents for imaginative space creation, functionality and improved general well-being for the client, and for all those who will use the garden or landscape.

Further detailed information on subsequent important stages in the design process, prior to commencement of a garden or landscape build, is provided on my website <www.garywforan.ie>.  These stages include the site survey and analysis, concept design development, masterplan, hard landscape layout plan, construction drawings, specifications, planting plan, and tender documentation.

Once a garden has been completed, I encourage clients to stay in touch should they have any concerns, or if they require ongoing practical landscape or horticultural advice. Sometimes a visit with a previous client might just involve a chat over cup of coffee about their new garden, and to see first hand how well the planting is progressing!

Qualifications

BSc. Landscape Architecture & Ecology (University of Sheffield, 1999)
HND Landscape Construction (Otley College, 1996)
Certificate in Design Presentation (Dublin Institute of Technology, 1991)

Portfolio

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