what is the best free garden design programme for a computer?
what is the best free garden design programme for a computer
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am a horticultral foundation degree student and still dont know what i want to do after i finsh my course. so i thought i would get a free garden design softwear for my computer.
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Do you use a computer for garden layout? What garden design software do you use?
I'm especially interested in cheap or free garden design software, or a good online garden design site.
I actually prefer to design on paper, but I get a lot of questions from people asking about design software, which I know nothing about. Yet another good reason to be part of Yahoo Answers!
Thanks for your thoughtful responses!
Question answered by OURScott
Landscape design is merely an avocation for me and I haven't designed a garden for anyone but myself in a couple years. When I do I've always used bubble sketches and water colors.
This Christmas however I was given this software.
I've been playing with it using my old plans and photos to compare my original plantings and what the computer thinks they should look like at maturity.
Evidently the computer is a little more optimistic about my Z4 growing conditions than the plants are.
I think in your line of work it could be helpful but I'll stick to my sketches.
If I wanted to go into landscaping for a career, would majoring in Garden Design help me?
I've always enjoyed working outside with the earth and plants. I thought about becoming a Landscaper for awhile but now I'm into computers. Just tonight I saw at this College's website that I am thinking about going to, they have a major for Garden Design. Does that help with becoming a landscaper for a business like that?
Question answered by ♥Billy Ray♥ Valentine
Why not major in Horticulture with a minor in landscape design or architecture. That way you get the best of both worlds. You will learn about growing, living, plants and turf as well as learning how to apply this knowledge into designing it yourself before the installation. Of course you will need to have courses in botany as well as soil management or sciences and a course in entomology wouldn't hurt either. If you can graduate with at least a Bachelors you will have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in the landscape field. In the meantime, during your summertime break, you can find seasonal work with a local landscape company. This will be a way for you to get your hands dirty and learn the trade first hand. A couple of seasons working with a good contractor, along with a degree, will get you well on your way to owning your own landscape company. Good luck!
I am looking for garden design services in London. Can anyone help me?
I am looking for high quality garden design and garden maintenance services in London, Please suggest me some garden maintenance service providers in London.
Question answered by callipygenous
I'm afraid that this is classic "Google is your friend" territory. Google it, ask your friends, call your local university for a horticulturist, or ask your local nursery for suggestions. You have a common problem, I just read a UK Telegraph article that says that even the queen is looking for a head gardener. Perhaps the days of meticulously maintained and groomed English gardens are over.
Ask your friends, not someone half a world away. I found one entry that looked ok:
What tools do I need to know to start a landscape and gardening design business?
Years ago I worked in a amateur way in gardening maintenance. I realice that I liked it a lot but I don't have the specific knoledge and experience to start a landscape and gardening design business. I have the feeling that I have the creativity for doing this but of course this is not all. Could someone help me telling me the kind of tools that I would require to start this gradually? Maybe I would requiere to know some landscape design software, etc. In short, what kind of tools would be necesary to have and learn. Maybe the thing would be more complex like doing an Business plan? I'll thank any advice. Chris
Question answered by packinrat
Gardener: A truck or trailer to carry your equipment and debris (although some enterprising people have even started without this). A lawn mower, rake, broom, and other small hand tools. Buy your equipment used if necessary, but shop carefully.
Landscaper: Basically you need hand tools and a truck or trailer. To start with most other tools you can rent.
Interiorscaper: A car or truck is necessary, watering cans, and assorted small hand tools.
>From the basic requirements to start it would seem that interiorscaping requires the smallest capital outlay. This is correct, but starting an interiorscape business is more difficult in other ways. It requires a better understanding of the trade. Indoor plants are much more difficult to maintain. Also, acquiring accounts is not as easy as in outdoor work. Most, if not all, interiorscape accounts will be commercial, as opposed to the residential work of gardeners.
For gardeners and landscapers a truck or trailer is a must, but as I mentioned earlier it is possible to start without one for some work. If you are doing maintenance you may be able to get accounts that will allow you to use their equipment and not require you to haul away debris. You will be expected to work very inexpensively, though. If you can get a truck do so.
For both gardeners and landscapers another source of income is from clean-ups. This is simply a one-time job of cleaning up an overgrown landscape. These jobs are hard work, but can be quite profitable.
In every business you have to contend with the government. Service businesses are no different. Before you get started investigate what is required in your area. Most likely you will need a business license from your city. The state may require a contractor's license or certification for landscape contractors. Most likely your state will require a pest control license if you intend to apply pesticides. Check out all the city, state, and federal rules before you start.
misc hand tools rakes shovels
What is your biggest problem in Garden Design?
I have some of friend and relatives asking for design their home garden. Honestly said since I do learn the subject and practices it, kind of common sense when you use to hang with the thing again and again. May I know what is the problem your're facing when you're try to do you own landscape/garden design :)
Question answered by college kid
Scale is the biggest problem. Most people plant things like they will never get bigger. Consequently they plant them too close to the house or too close to other plants or they plant too many plants for a given area. If a person can imagine what the plants will look like in 10 years, that's the best way to design, unless you have been trained.
Hi - What Is The Best Garden Design Software Available?
Can be Free Online Or Paid CD-Rom. I know that are great software programs that are free to download on all sorts of uses but I cannot find much regarding Garden design.
I have bought 3D Garden Designer Deluxe Edition, which is OK but cannot find plants by name.
Have you found anything interesting regarding the area of garden design?
Thanks in advance.
Question answered by cpcards
I did a bit of research into this a few months ago to see what was available
I was given this one http://www.gardencomposer.com/ for free, tried it and it's actually not bad, but you do need a lot of patience to use it.
I'll add to links as I come across them ....
http://www.showoff.com/ this one you have to sign up for and looks like it wont be available for much longer so save it as a file open it then save opened prog to disc in case you like it.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/design/ is the beebs online one
http://www.homedesignersoftware.com/ this one I haven't a clue about, looks like it could be expensive.
This one has some excellent reviews but look at the price http://www.ideaspectrum.com/arch_overview.php
Same programme http://www.ideaspectrum.com/rls_pro_overview.php check out the price difference ... pays to shop around.
This is the one I am using at the moment and I'm quite pleased with it http://www.smartdraw.com/specials/landscapedeck.asp?id=45436&gclid=CKre-OjZxJ0CFaBb4wodiDlpsg You can download a free trial, almost all of the features are enabled
Just a little warning to you .. this programme was excellent for the price http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005A8XT/qid=1066873313/sr=1-12 but check out the operating systems it ran on! doh! However I think this is the updated version of it http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007U9BTE
Thisone has some good reviews http://www.amazon.com/Better-Gardens-Landscaping-Designer-VERSION/product-reviews/B0007Z72OK/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 don't know of any landscapers that use though
Does anyone know of an online landscape design tool that's free?
I would like to plan out my backyard so I am less likely to mess things up! Does anyone know of an online landscape design tool that's free? (Not the BHG garden design tool, it lets you design a small garden but I'm looking for something that would let me design my whole backyard.) If I could upload a photo of my own yard to use for the planning that would be a plus!
Question answered by Joey
Here's one from Better Homes and Gardens:
Do you know of any tropical gardening resources?
I am looking for information regarding the background and origins of the "tropical gardening" style for a garden design course that I am doing. There is a lot of information available regarding Zen Gardens, English Country Gardens, Cottage Gardens, etc but very little about the background and history of tropical gardens. Can anyone suggest any helpful resources that could assist me with finding answers? Thanks in advance!
Question answered by ANGEL
The Tropical Garden by William Warren, Luca Invernizzi Tettoni (Photographer), opens with an essay tracing the historical interest in tropical plants. Royal and religious, private and public tropical gardens are discussed:
Daniel Headrick, “Botany, Chemistry, and Tropical Development,” Journal of World History notes that the growing demand of Western consumers and industries for tropical products... helped spur relations between the North Atlantic countries and the tropics in the century before 1914.
Tropical Garden Design, by Made Wijayahas includes a history of tropical colonial gardens:
" Tropical gardens can contain a wide variety of plants, but some require lots of heat while others require lots of water. Tropical gardens also don't often survive freezing temperatures either, so many people in cooler climates choose to create tropical container gardens which can be taken inside when bitter cold winter temperatures come around.
Most tropical plants require a lot of sunlight though, so if you're planting them into a ground based garden or raised garden bed, be sure to choose the sunniest spot you can find in your yard. You'll want to plant tropical plants and flowers in areas which get a minimum of six hours direct sunlight each day. Some tropical garden plants such as bougainvillea, thrive on irregular watering patterns"
Esperanza and Spanish Broom are excellent plants to put into a tropical garden, which are both heat and drought tolerant. These plants produce bright showy yellow flowers that bloom continuously from spring through fall.
Various tropical landscapes:
http://www.botanescapes.com/landscaping-portfolio/gallery-images.html (scroll through the landscapes)
Use plants that give you a lush tropical feel, like palms, ferns and elephant ears, but also use water features, such as a fountain, waterfall, pond or stream:
Many plants grown as houseplants, such as cactus & Agave, thrive outside in a semi-arid tropical environment. "In regions where the heat of the growing season is followed by frost or freezing temperatures, tropical plants are often dug up and overwintered, used as houseplants, or simply repurchased for use the next growing season."
Plants like Cannas give a tropical lookto the landscape:
Tips on types of plants to use & what type of hardscape (permanent features)... like bamboo...you'll need :
Videos of Tropical Paradise Backyard Retreats:
Good luck !!! Hope this is helpful.
Is there a good site for garden ideas?
I'm looking for a site that has plenty of garden design ideas and also covers pool landscaping that has lots of picures and video guides
Question answered by Antoine
This should help you just go to http://itsamland.com/ it has landscaping and gardening ideas for all aspects of your yard.