Why outsource to a horticulturalist?

Garden Society
By Lyndall Keating
Monday, 30 January, 2017

Why outsource to a horticulturalist?

A lack of plant knowledge needn’t stop you from creating a stunning poolscape for your client, rather than focusing just on the pool. Engaging a specialist to take care of the horticultural side of things means you can deliver a complete solution for your client’s backyard, from the pool through to the plants and everything in between.

Even if you have some basic — or even extensive — knowledge of landscaping, when it comes to plant specification, selection and installation, there are many benefits to engaging a specialist horticulturalist. Just as you might engage a specialist pool plumber to take care of the pipework or a pool tiler to take care of the interior, if you want the softscaping done properly, it can pay to engage a specialist plant provider who lives and breathes plants.

Project management

Subcontracting to a horticulturalist takes the whole horticultural process off your hands. They can specify, source, supply and install all plants, containers and soft landscaping for a project, leaving you free to focus on what you do best.

The project management service usually includes:

  • plant specification;
  • plant and product sourcing;
  • supply and install;
  • containers and soft landscaping.

Generally, they will provide design briefs for your clients to approve at the start of a project. Designs are drawn up to a fixed budget, allowing the landscaping project manager to accurately manage costs.

In addition, a horticulturalist’s industry contacts mean they can source the highest quality plants from reputable Australian growers and wholesalers, at competitive prices. They can even recommend and source rare or unusual specimens to create a one-of-a-kind poolscape.

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Specialist knowledge

Horticultural experts know the ideal plants for the local climate and environmental conditions, meaning your landscape project will look great long after completion. Their extensive knowledge means they understand how the garden will grow and mature, ensuring it will suit the client’s practical needs as well as aesthetic requirements.

However, horticulturalists’ knowledge extends far beyond just the green parts of a garden. They can recommend methods that will save time, costs and labour, and advise on soil selection, mulch varieties and irrigation. Most importantly, they will ensure that plants are installed correctly with good horticultural practice. Anyone can plant a plant, but not everyone can plant a plant properly.

A poolscape that looks great on completion but is an overgrown or dead mess six months on isn’t going to secure you any referrals from your client. By having a horticultural expert install a low-maintenance garden that perfectly complements the pool and house, your client can get on with the important job of enjoying their poolscape — which means they’re more likely to feel positive about it and therefore recommend your business.


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Ongoing maintenance

After project completion, a horticulturalist can even provide ongoing maintenance programs for continuity of garden care, enabling you to deliver a truly turnkey solution for your clients.

As the horticultural team already knows the plants, the environment and the objectives for the garden, they can keep the newly planted landscape looking its best. All your clients need to do is enjoy their new poolscape!

Image credit: Garden Society.

Garden Society is a boutique garden design and maintenance company staffed by passionate plant people. The company offers design and horticultural services to landscapers, architectural practices and exterior designers. They work closely with landscapers from the design brief through to installation to make sure they achieve the client’s vision for their new garden.

All images courtesy of Garden Society.

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