You've been dreaming about the garden you'd like to have—some day. Let's work together to make that happen.

We'll sketch out the ideas and select the right contractor

for your project.



A new deck, an arbor, a quiet place to read, a patio, fire pit, stone work—and lots of color. Some of the endless options for your new garden…



Add water. Watch it all fill in and change with the seasons.

Relax and enjoy.


But first, the design…


Design is about solving problems.

Sometimes the only problem in a garden is that an existing bed needs to be filled with plants. More often there is something remaining to be done with the space—the lot needs a better connection, flow, and interaction with the house. This is an opportunity for a designer. Virginia Hand Design works with clients to create unique, personal and beautiful gardens.

EXAMPLE: this awkward, choppy, multi-level space between house and garage became a beautiful deck and dining area.

The process starts with a meeting.

Garden-making is a collaborative effort between designer, client, and artisan/contractor. The design process explores different concepts, finding a solution that suits the client, budget, and site.

DRAWINGS: On the left are samples of rough concept sketches. Above left is a plan, below that is a rough concept sketch from a photo. Top right is a section from

a preliminary plan. All are hand-drawn.

Below: For projects involving complex hardscape construction the computer can be utilized for 3D drawings in Google SketchUp.


The digging begins.

After we have worked through the design phase together it comes time to implement that design and turn our plans over to a contractor. Ideally, I'm involved through the whole construction phase. The last step is the addition of plants, always an exciting sight.


As the garden grows.

We can create a beautiful garden, complete on the day we leave the site. With some clients, a long-term relationship develops, either returning to redo containers every year, installing a garden in phases, or redoing sections of an existing garden. As the garden matures, there is always room to embellish. Often, the client does this beautifully themselves as they become, or grow as, gardeners. Or I'm always available to come back for a consult.

EXAMPLES: Above is a custom fabricated address sign with lighting.

This kind of attention to detail really enhances the garden. Right,

the client has added art and annual color in this beautiful vignette.

On the subject of containers, this display was created for the 2011 Northwest Flower and Garden Show, with installation and tear down help from Bridgman Landscape & Stone. The display featured pavers that

I designed (and hand made) to be used with architectural slabs.