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Diana Digs Dirt Landscape Design Process

Every landscape designer works a little differently and my process is thoroughly explained below for Piedmont Triad homeowners and small businesses.

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A wealth of information is obtained during our one hour consultation. When the scope of your project is somewhat larger where a consultation just isn’t enough, we move onto developing a landscape plan or recipe for your property. At this point a signed contract and retainer is required to commence work on design. It is helpful, but not needed if a survey is provided. Measurements of any structures, walkways, decks, trees, etc will be plotted on vellum. Information from the consultation, existing measurements and my design ideas are combined to create the most ideal outdoor space for you, your family or small business.

On the landscape plan/recipe (drawn to scale) lists plant sizes to be installed, location, hardscapes, woodwork, lighting, etc. My plans take anywhere from 2-3 weeks for completion because inspiration does not happen immediately. The landscape plan/recipe will take at least an hour to present, is very thorough and all homeowners should be present if possible. During the presentation you will receive a finished rendered plan (with color). To help with visualization, color copies of suggested plant material, arbor/pergola/trellis design, paint swatches, wood, stone or brick samples, drains and/or water elements from my library are shown. This plan can be used for my company to install or for those who don’t mind getting a little dirty.

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From the time of our initial consultation to the time where we actually break ground could be anywhere from 6-12 weeks depending on if a landscape plan is needed. A shorter time for smaller projects if a consultation will suffice. Phases or steps can also be suggested to span over 2-4 years.

Possible Steps or Phases

  • Landscape Plans- June to September
  • Drainage, grading, plant removal, outdoor electrical, new beds- Sept to Nov
  • Stone, brick, wood (eg. outdoor kitchens, arbors/pergolas/trellises, decks, walks, walls- Dec to Feb
  • Irrigation, plant installation, containers, low-level lighting, grass improvement- March to June (plant installation can be divided between spring and fall with trees and shrubs planted first)

There are various services offered for smaller projects, just click here and don’t forget about all the goodies at Cornerstone Garden 414 State St, open Thursday-Saturday from 11-3:30.

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Sentiment Gardens Workshop-Cornerstone Garden

Treasured Memorabilia turns Memories into Gardens

Free Workshop Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street)
September 3rd and September 10th at 10am
Beginning next door at The Secret Tea Room (412 State Street)
RSVP 392.4031

Strolling through the eclectic grounds of Cornerstone Garden in Greensboro,NC, several patrons openly expressed to store owner Diana Gardner-Williams that many keepsakes of loved ones past were difficult to part with.CornerstoneGardenis designed by using non-conventional items or pieces not necessarily found in the landscape, creating unique outdoor scenes or vignettes.

Stressful events such as loosing a loved one can lead to collecting because one often associates certain objects with the lost loved one.  Not letting go of “things” which may be viewed by others as unimportant, trivial, or even trash, is a physical way to “keep” the loved one who is no longer present. Popular television shows such as; Hoarding: Buried Alive and Hoarders have revealed the secret lives of those having difficulty in letting go of tangible objects after such events.

 All are welcome to a free workshop in Greensboro, N.C.at Cornerstone Garden to discuss the art of incorporating keepsakes into homes and gardens with a designer’s eye. Workshop will begin at The Secret Tea Room (412 State Street) at 10 am Saturday September 3rd and Saturday September 10th, 2011. Please call Diana for reservations at 336.392.4031. Individual questions can be answered after the tour.

Diana Gardner-Williams, store owner of Cornerstone Garden, is a professional landscape designer working under the name Diana Digs Dirt for the past 13 years. She began helping the community create memory gardens after the stillbirth of her son in 2003. “My family keepsakes are designed into my daily environment providing great comfort because of the emotional connections,” says Mrs. Gardner-Williams.

If interested, there will be a plant swap September 3rd 8:30am at Cornerstone Garden

 

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Cornerstone Garden Plant Swap October 1st-FREE

Walk away with a new plant on October 1st at Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street)register your plant(s) at 11am. Please place plant in a container,within a plastic bag and label your plant.

A few plants Diana Digs Dirt will be swapping are;

Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle
Raydon’s Favorite Aster
Sweet Autumn Clematis
Japanese Iris
Verbena
Autumn Joy Sedum
Carpet Sedum
 
Vervain
Hardy Begonia
Nandina Shrubs and more
 
Let’s get swapping!

Call Diana for more details or questions at 392.4031

If interested, a Sentiment Gardens workshop will begin at 10am following plant swap, demonstrating how to create home and garden vignettes with treasured keepsakes from loved ones past.

 
 
 

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Cornerstone Garden’s 1st Day Open

Cornerstone Garden- 414 State Street in Greensboro had a great first day.

Our hours are

Tuesday and Wednesday 10-5

Thursday and Friday 10-7

Saturday from 8-4

We are not open when it is raining, but you can call for an appointment, 392-4031

Come see us for something unique!

 

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Diana Digs My Secret Garden-5

The landscape renovation continues at 414 State Street, by DianaDigsDirt. The terrace is almost complete. We will not be able to plant tender annuals until the last frost-free date, which is around mid April.

I am almost positive the bricks on site were hand-made, priceless!

Wheel barrow fountain now functions and people are caught off guard when passing by. Didn’t expect the sound of water gushing out of a rusty hole in the wheel barrow, did you?

So much weeding and clearing away of ivy, sweet autumn clematis and liriope everywhere! Let’s start fresh.

Hanging baskets and planters will be filled with flowers, adding to the charm of the boutique.

Many of these plants are transplanted from my own garden. Come by for the plant swap on the 16th of April. Bring a plant you would like to part with and leave with a more desirable one.

DianaDigsDirt of Cornerstone Garden

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in My Secret Garden

 

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Cornerstone Garden now has the address posted onto a bird feeder where a clematis vine will eventually reach the top. Hopefully many local birds will stop by for a bite to eat.

A rustic fountain will greet visitors alongside the front walk and seating area. Helleborus, pachysandra, foxglove, ferns and mazus were planted in this shady area.

The front terrace is being constructed from materials found on site. Crevice plants will be installed including, hens and chicks, creeping sedum and mazus. When the weather warms up, rose moss (the annual) will be installed around the steppers. Another water feature utilizing an old wheel barrow will be added in the far left corner with japanese sweet flag, iris, green and white sedum and other sun loving plants. A seating area will also be provided in this area.

See you on the 30th of April for our Grand Opening or stop by March 31st for a sneak peep during Smoozefest on State Street provided by Cafe Pasta.

DianaDigsDirt and Cornerstone Garden

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in My Secret Garden

 

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DianaDigs Balloon Flower

The balloon flower (above)is commonly known in the landscape world, but its cousin is definitely worthy in my garden.

 Botanical name, Campanula glomerata is low maintenance and blooms for 2 months, at least.

This perennial needs some shade from the hot afternoon sun, drought tolerate, deer resistant and if deadheaded, will bloom again. It is not invasive and works well in cottage style gardens or other informal landscapes in the backyard.

The size of this perennial is about 18 inches around and fits into the front of a perennial bed nicely.

DianaDigs Campanula glomerata!

at Cornerstone Garden 414 State Street in Greensboro

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Favorite Plants

 

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