In this garden design video tutorial we take a look at how to turn all those measurements you took from the last video and translate them into a usable drawing – the scale plan.

You can also view this drawing a scale plan video along with many more on the Successful Garden Design YouTube Channel.

Why bother, though?

I mean, really, who wants to spend any of their free time trying to get a garden survey onto a bit of paper to make a scale plan?

Answer: anyone who really wants to do a good job creating their dream garden.

The rest of the population will be too lazy and won’t care enough. That’s not you though, is it? If it were, you probably wouldn’t be spending time to learn how to create a great garden if you didn’t really want to achieve one, would you? Unless of course the garden design fairies have hidden a hypnotic message into the YouTube efforts (seek help if you think that’s the case).

To get yourself though this slightly dull but VITAL part of creating a beautiful garden – just envisage your dream garden a few months from now. Imagine sitting in it on a lovely summer’s evening sipping your favourite beverage – surely that was worth an hour spent measuring the garden and drawing up your survey? If it wasn’t, you didn’t imagine a beautiful enough garden – try again!

As you’ll have seen in the video, the shape of the freehand, rough survey sketch and the finished drawing is significantly different. THIS ALWAYS happens – that is why you mustn’t guess what shape and size your garden is! If you haven’t already, read the tapemeasureaphobia post, you will see why this is SO important to do. Or if you want step-by-step guide on how to survey your garden, check out our garden survey course.

Next week we get onto the fun part – the garden design. You’ll see exactly how the garden design process is done, from beginning to end – plenty of top designer trade secrets coming your way!

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Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 30 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!

    2 replies to "How to draw a garden site survey plan to scale [part 2]"

    • […] Plot on your base plan all of your existing stuff like trees, shrub borders, patio, paths, that you think you’ll most likely keep. Your base plan will need to be to scale. Scale really isn’t as scary as it sounds and is explained step by step in how to draw your garden to scale video. […]

    • […] you missed part 1 the garden survey or part 2 drawing a scale plan click on the purple links to view […]

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