I have just removed 75% of an old subsiding garden wall, and replaced it
with a fence; the other 25% will go as soon as I have moved the shed.
I was wondering if anyone has any real-world experience of garden design
software for a PC? Can anyone recommend a package, or advise what to keep
I have so much repair work to do, I might as well give it the full Monty!
I wouldn't know about that, but my wife is soon to embark on an
HNC (part-time over 2 years) in garden design. I accompanied her
to the preliminary interview/chat with the course leader.
He and the professional designers he knows all do it on paper.
CAD (dedicated garden design software is a specialist type of
CAD) used to be taught on the course but people spent too much
time getting to grips with the mechanics of the software and not
enough time thinking about design, so they dropped it. Basically,
it got in the way of the creative process. CAD is now a module in
the HND (full time) course only.
He said that CAD has a place, but basic design work is easier on
paper. Also, clients expect the personalised and arty look of a
hand-drawn and coloured plan.
OTOH he has the design process and a wide knowledge of plants
firmly in his head. I am sure there are less skilled people out
there who swear that some package or other is the bee's knees!
The only thing you need is the ability to visualise it and maybe a small
drawing package like Corel draw for plan view stuff.
Since lanst never ever conform to expectation, fancy 3d renderings of
how it will look are a total aste of time ...:-)
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