Smart Landscape Design

Landscape Designers in Bristol

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Kings Weston House
Kings Weston Lane
Bristol
Avon
BS11 0UR

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garden design, landscape design, landscape gardener



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Contemporary garden design and landscaping in Bristol

I've been designing and building gardens for over 15 years, working closely with clients to develop ideas and create gardens that are tailored to the particular requirements of each space. By ensuring these ideas can transfer from paper to the real world, a garden can be made that is imaginative, detailed, personal and rewarding.

If you feel your garden is in need of a new lease of life, please get in touch to find out how I work and the services I can offer. I'll arrange a meeting to have a look at the space you have, talk through some ideas and we can take it from there.
I undertake projects throughout the UK, although mainly in Bristol, Warwickshire and London.

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Al transformed our small Victorian garden. He carefully considered the different materials; their texture, colour, shape and size, and how they interact with each other, to create a beautiful space. Al's craftsmanship was uncompromising in quality, as were the materials he sourced to work with. The garden feels more part of our home than it has ever done so. It is on three levels; each with a different purpose and interest, but seamlessly flowing into one another. The garden renovation met my high expectations but, as a professional, Al exceeded all expectations.

Leena O'Hara - 22/03/2015 | report this review

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I cannot praise Al highly enough. From the very beginning I found him approachable and straightforward; he listened to my ideas and was incredibly creative. I felt that we worked really collaboratively and I never pressured or rushed by him to make decisions. His attention to detail was second to none - my back garden is on a slope and needed quite careful terracing. He worked incredibly hard. My garden is completely transformed and I am so proud! I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him, and I can't wait to get him back to tackle my front garden!

Elizabeth Isaacs - 11/11/2010 | report this review

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Having met with three other landscaping companies meeting Al was a breath of fresh air. He listened to our ideas, and more importantly listened to what we did not want. Our garden is an unusual shape and rather than being put off by this Al embraced this and his creativity really came to life. We wanted a contemporary feel to the garden and Al had a great mix of contemporary and traditional designs in his portfolio. Al has produced a wonderful design for our garden incorporating all of the features we wanted. I would have no hesitation recommending Smart Landscape design. My only regret is that I did not find Al sooner!

Karla Greasley - 08/06/2010 | report this review

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Al has transformed my tired old garden. He's very hardworking, and meticulous in the execution of all the work he has done. He has real vision and spent a lot of time collaborating on the final design. I can reccomend Smart Landscape to anyone with the utmost confidence.

Henry Lowth - 04/06/2010 | report this review

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Smart Landscape Design transformed our small (12m x 6m) building site into a truly wonderful living space. The restricted space was a major design challenge, but Al has created three separate and distinct areas that provide the perfect space for sitting, eating and entertaining (really clever use of walls, screens and plants). The whole place just seems a lot larger than we thought possible. We ‘opened' the garden with a BBQ for 20 and everyone found space to sit/stand/eat, and it was just the perfect place to be. Including ‘low maintenance' plants was another challenge, and we are delighted with the result, year round interest with minimal input from us. Al was a joy to work with from start to finish. The design phase was particularly interesting as Al tried to understand our very broad wants and needs (I think he called it traditional contemporary) and tried to incorporate our ‘essentials' into the new design (we are pleased that the statue remained, and very pleased that the shed did not). Highlights for us are the battened fence (everyone loves it - you have to see it to appreciate the beauty, especially at night with the uplighters), the semi-circular seat (David Watkins is a genius with wood), and the water feature (something that we would not have found without Al's experience and contacts). We have recommended Smart Landscape Design to many of our friends, and have no hesitation in recommending Al to anyone who is looking for the ‘perfect' garden.

John Davey - 31/05/2010 | report this review

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A garden to be proud of

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Having never owned a garden before, we did not know where to start when we bought our first property in 2009. We could not have chosen a better person to help us out than Al at Smart Landscape Design. Al really listened to what we wanted our garden to be and created a design that suited us, is sympathetic to the house, manageable (given our limited gardening knowledge and experience) and can evolve over time. It has been a joy to see the garden change and the design come to life. Al works very hard, is very professional and a good communicator; always talking through changes to the design and keeping us informed of the costs along the way. It has been great to work with someone whose standards and attention to detail match ours. Al has not only given us a garden to be proud of but has inspired us to be gardeners; our new hobby! We would not hesitate to recommend Smart Landscape Design to anyone.

Eve Walpole - 28/05/2010 | report this review

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Smart Landscape Design was recommended to me by a friend and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Al to others. My centre of town garden is a relatively small space and I was unsure that it could be transformed to feel bigger and a real extension of living space, it has been! Al produced a design that incorporated local materials to ensure that it is true to its location, and I was really impressed with Al's creativity and flexibility to incorporate changes when work on the garden commenced and I decided I'd like make adjustments to the design. Al was incredibly professional throughout the whole process, selecting high quality and unusual materials and choosing an amazing selection of plants; he definitely loves what he does and is incredibly good at it, with a total commitment to quality and attention to detail. Investing in my garden and choosing Smart Landscape Design is one of the wisest things I've done in the last year, the garden is a real joy to be in and puts a huge smile on your face!

Dawn Beattie - 25/01/2010 | report this review

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A great garden, and a good experience from start to finish.

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The start to finish the service, quality, attention to detail and personal approach from Smart Landscape Designs has been outstanding. I have been genuinely impressed with Al's design ideas and quality, his understanding of my requirements and budget, and his patience in my moving expectations. I could not be more pleased with the garden, a wonderful space to spend time, and the experience was a faultless one thanks to Al's dedication high standards. I would not hesitate to strongly recommend Smart Landscape designs for anyone, of all budgets, in the future.

Nathan Summers - 01/09/2009 | report this review

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Highly Creative, Exceptional Attention to Detail, a Great Investment

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Smart Landscape Designs have transformed our garden to somewhere we now like spending time in. The Design proposed captured the perfect mix of style and functionality we were aiming for. The use of quality materials, craftsmanship and pure hard work meant that the finished garden exceeded our expectations on all levels We would not hesitate to recommend Smart Landscape Design;- highly creative, exceptional attention to detail, a great investment

Jane Humphreys - 23/02/2009 | report this review

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My garden makes me smile, every time....

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My first experience of Smart Landscape Design was a friends garden being completely transformed from a two dimensional bland space to a three dimensional delight which invited you to explore each of the different areas within. This was a normal sized suburban garden which Al Smart developed into being an extension to the living area of the house. When it came to my own garden I knew that I wanted the same level of inspiration but also that my budget was smaller than my friends had been and I wondered whether I could afford something similar. My first meeting with Al consisted of me explaining what I wanted from my garden, how I envisaged using it and the types of plants and materials I liked. Step one was to commission a plan from Al – what he produced was far more engaging than I had imagined it would be, even though I had already seen what Al was capable of. Al knew that I was working to a tight budget and produced a complete breakdown of costs, highlighting areas which could be implemented in stages to spread the cost and where I could save money on labour or sourcing materials. This was brilliant as I was in complete control of the process at every stage and never had the experience of finding costs out of my control – vital when operating on a limited budget. As each area of my new garden unfolded the pleasure I felt when I returned home just kept on increasing. I now smiled every single time I come home and see my garden – the living representation of what I wanted brought to life. Al's skill at turning my poorly described desires of how I wanted to use my garden into a surprise and delight reality is the key for me. I could have created my own garden design which would have functioned adequately, but now I have an area which is a true extension of my house and such a wonderful addition. I have had several parties outdoors both in winter and summer where friends have gathered to enjoy the space, especially sitting around the wonderful fire pit area Al created. Each time I get amazing pleasure at seeing the reality that was my garden dream. It is easy for anyone to get the same pleasure from their garden as I do from mine – tap into the imagination and creativity that is Smart Landscape Design. I not only have achieved more than I thought possible from my garden, but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

Rachel Sanders - 22/02/2009 | report this review

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Testimonials

Al transformed our small Victorian garden. He carefully considered the different materials; their texture, colour, shape and size, and how they interact with each other, to create a beautiful space. Al's craftsmanship was uncompromising in quality, as were the materials he sourced to work with. The garden feels more part of our home than it has ever done so. It is on three levels; each with a different purpose and interest, but seamlessly flowing into one another. The garden renovation met my high expectations but, as a professional, Al exceeded all expectations.

Leena O'Hara


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