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With the backdrop of the Chateau and incredible grounds at Chaumont Sur Loire, the International Festival Des Jardins is in it's 19th year.

Through a contact made through the Landscape Juice Network, the initial site visit highlighted some serious concerns in so far that the plot given was severely unconsolidated, with over 3 metres of dumped mixed soils, (in the first week of construction a mis placed step would sink to over a metre!).


Subsequently over 150 man hours were spent in digging, drainage and installing foundations to allow for the desired garden. (The design also had to change due to these problems).

During construction:



However with 1 day to go before opening on the 29th March, the garden was finished.


(The first 2 and last 2 Photos were taken from approximately the same location).

Thanks must go to Charlotte Duriez, (LJN member) and Dominique Andre from the INH, Angers. And Remy Cautron stagier with Chaumont Sur Loire from Blois.

Plants supplied by: Les Clos Du Coudray and Arbres et Abeilles

The Jars, for rainwater harvesting / plants are supplied by: jardin d'elegance. website in English.

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Lewis Hetherington replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"You can always do better though.That's my point, if you make a decent living happys days, but ultimatly you could be doing better not charging an hours rate, or even better, if you're happy with what you're earning you could be working less. 
I may…"
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Andrew Watts replied to Michael Vickers's discussion Charging VAT
"It's OK Michhael, it can take some practice to get the head around it.
None of the above the way I read it. Assuming the labour is subject to vat , and the 840 figure is correct then it's 840+vat plus 2500+vat. Vat at 20% takes this to £4008 total.…"
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Neil Ruddick replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
" Corrin has mentioned something above.  He works in the North West.  I am in northern Cumbria and am semi-retired, with a good pension, so luckily I am not dependent on mowing etc.   I would put myself in the average/budget group, and his prices see…"
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Glen Stillman replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"Based on your calculations I'm doing OK pottering about on my hourly rate, and that's with running my business absolutely the wrong way.
Every business is different, you can't go saying things like that. "
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Corin Doyle replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"I know a lot of gardeners/landscapers/pavers etc in the NW and none of them price up in measured works. Its the just council/grounds maintenance guys that do that because they just cut lawns or hedges all day so it makes sense for them but a domesti…"
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Osh Gates replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"Hi Josie,
Thanks for posting! There are some videos on YouTube of Brit gardeners talking about pricing. By far the best one recommended for regular maintenance was taking a small garden, calculating a yearly cost and splitting it into 12 even monthl…"
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Lewis Hetherington replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"I'd ignore the people saying theres no wrong and right way either, there absolutely is a wrong way to do bussines. They might be quite happy to  potter on with hourly rate clients but your time is far better spent on fixed price jobs, you're simply…"
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Dan Frazer Gardening replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"Lewis talks sense.
So the UK national average wage is £35000. Add the employers pension contributions at 5%, holiday pay at 10%, then consider benefits such as sickness pay etc. You need to be able to draw £42k from a business to be on par with the…"
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Lewis Hetherington replied to Oliver clarkson's discussion Hayter pro 48
"I haven't got one but I speak to another guy that does, I was talking to him monday about it and he loves it, he's only got the 41 though, he used the kaaz for most his lawns."
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Lewis Hetherington replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"£40 is too much ? In what world, after you've deducted you overheads and included unbillable hours thats only about £25 in your pocket "
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Lewis Hetherington replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"You'll fail if you do this, why restrict yourself? let the lad pushing a mower about with a strimmer on it do the lower end work. "
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Lewis Hetherington replied to Josie Hendrick's discussion Pricing/growing garden maintenance business - think I've started wrong!
"Drop hourly rates, if they don't like it fine. What's your overheads ? I'd says it's £10,000 pa minimum. So, you work  1,680 hours a year billable hours ( 35hours a week x 48 working weeks ) that's a basic cost of £6.18 per hour just for you to be o…"
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Do not assume that the VAT rate is permanently fixed or let your customer assume that.…"
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