What will it take to transform your garden into a sanctuary? I created Past the Gate to help you bring romance, drama, mystery, and theatre to your garden. Over the years I’ve designed and installed hundreds of outdoor living spaces. It’s clear that there’s no one-size-fits all. Whether you love hosting outdoor soirees or crave a private oasis to sip early morning coffee, the garden that you long to be in consists of very personal elements.

Walking into your garden should feel like stepping into your own personal sanctuary. Although each garden is unique, the process generally follows the following steps:



Getting to Know You
Where do you vacation? When do you feel most relaxed? I ask open questions and listen to what you want. Ideally, your plan should reflect everything from your home’s architecture, to the interior style and your own personal design taste.



Discuss Functionality
Is the garden for cooking, dining, entertaining, play, or all of the above? These types of plans contribute significantly to the design direction and they must be thoroughly explored.



Design Plan & Itemize Costs.
Your design includes a scaled plot plan detailing the hardscape layout (patios, walks, walls, pergolas, etc.) combined with perspective sketches. A line-item budget gives you a detailed understanding of the costs.



Approve Design Plan
Take time to absorb the information and picture your new garden. Ask me questions, make changes, and hammer out the logistics of budget, contract, and scope.



Measure Site
As I measure and photograph the entire site, I’ll pay attention to how you’ll experience the garden from the house and vice versa. We’ll also note which existing trees and shrubs should remain.



Begin Construction
As soon as we set a start date your dream garden is put into motion.

Getting to Know You
Where do you vacation? When do you feel most relaxed? I ask open questions and listen to what you want. Ideally, your plan should reflect everything from your home’s architecture, to the interior style and your own personal design taste.

Discuss Functionality
Is the garden for cooking, dining, entertaining, play, or all of the above? These types of plans contribute significantly to the design direction and they must be thoroughly explored.

Measure Site
As I measure and photograph the entire site, I’ll pay attention to how you’ll experience the garden from the house and vice versa. We’ll also note which existing trees and shrubs should remain.

Design Plan & Itemize Costs.
Your design includes a scaled plot plan detailing the hardscape layout (patios, walks, walls, pergolas, etc.) combined with perspective sketches. A line-item budget gives you a detailed understanding of the costs.

Approve Design Plan
Take time to absorb the information and picture your new garden. Ask me questions, make changes, and hammer out the logistics of budget, contract, and scope.

Begin Construction
As soon as we set a start date your dream garden is put into motion.

  • He was our contact from beginning to end; there was never a question of who do I talk to about this issue. I felt like we were part of the selection process. It’s important that the design is a reflection of us. - Sheila
  • Greg helped us tremendously figuring out what to do. He asked the right questions and got to know us, what we liked. He’s very creative, an artist.-Paula
  • We had an ugly telephone pole in the backyard and he put a cocktail table around it. (The other designer wanted to mask it with a trellis). But he knew I liked to cook and it led to more entertaining in the backyard. We get so many compliments when people come over. He turned our small yard into an outdoor living room, it’s great!” -Paula
  • I had called three other people to come out and give me a bid- one didn’t show up, and the other two I didn’t like. They didn’t have the imagination. You told them exactly what you wanted. I really wanted a professional, someone who knows what grows, what doesn't; I wanted an artist.” – Colleen
  • What he did was incredibly intuitive: he asked about my favorite place to vacation, whether I liked to entertain, how much I like to garden. He listened and then he came back with this plan that was gorgeous. You go past the gate and see something wonderful. I sit in my background and smile. ” -Colleen