Our Process

What can you Expect...

Call and Chat About Your Project

Call (780) 990-0997 and leave a voice message. A designer will return your call between appointments! We design year round so call anytime.


Book 2 to 4 Hours of Design Time

Most completed plans will cost between $695 and $945 plus GST. Acreages are a bit more. We accept Cash, Cheque, and E-transfer.

Receive a Questionnaire by Email

This questionnaire is simply a document for you to organize your ideas and to trigger intense family discussions before your appointment. Do not stress if it doesn’t seem to apply - the designer is skilled at finding out what you want!

Compile Your Information

We request that you have your Real Property Report at the appointment. It facilitates the drawing process and has vital information about grading, property lines, utility right of ways, etc.  Please check this RPR document to see if there are Restrictive Covenants listed. If so, please contact the developer or city to see what these restrictions are about before our appointment. We will do our best to accommodate those clients with missing information.

The Designer Arrives and Measures

The designer will leave some pictures for you to look at while she measures and looks around. She will measure the existing features such as decks, sheds, trees, neighbour's items, etc. Please consider the designers safety and communicate any hazards (dog poop, holes in the ground, open casement windows, etc) that might be present.

You Flag Pictures in Her Portfolio

Let her know what you like or don’t like by putting sticky notes in the photo album or by making a plant list from the catalogues that she brings. This keeps you busy while she is measuring and drawing the base plan and makes the plant labelling part of the design go much quicker.

The Base Plan Gets Drawn

Your plan will be drawn on a large sheet of grid paper that you will keep at the end of the appointment! No computers are used. Please have a smooth drawing surface available - kitchen islands are awesome, or a sheet of drywall works well too! Your designer is creating a scale drawing which makes your plan into a very useful document that can be used for calculating rough quantities of materials and placement of items during the construction process. 

The Design Happens with Your Participation

This is the fun part! The designer will review your questionnaire and look at your pictures and notes. She will guide you through a design process that includes: traffic flow (driveways, pathways, gates), fencing, sitting spaces (decks and patios), retaining walls, water features, hot tubs, pools, fire pits, etc. By the end of the appointment, all of the plants will be labelled with hard to kill and colourful selections that emphasize shape, size, texture, and seasonal interest. The plan will be coloured artistically so you can read it easily.

The Plan and Extra Information Are Left with You

The plan is yours at the end of the appointment! Please take your design for copying and laminating (every year at least 2 people lose their drawing somewhere/somehow!). Never lend out the original. Now that you have the plan, an extra document is provided to you that describes how to proceed with the installation of your project. These are suggestions that are based on decades of experience and will save you a lot of experimentation and money!

You Proceed with Quotes and Installation

Earthworm does not install gardens. However, we do hand out some names of good people for you to call. We recommend that you get at least two price quotes on your project. Call Landscape Alberta for information on people in the industry.

"Earthworm (Adele Goodwin) came to my yard and provided a spectacular design in a matter of three hours from start to finish – all I had to do was dream. My new-to-me house has a very plain-jane yard. I love to spend time relaxing in yard and garden so wanted to transform it into something beautiful but didn’t know where to start. A friend called Earthworm last year and recommended it so I called. I’m so glad I did. In three years I will change a square box into a gorgeous, calming respite. The process involved me and built on my preferences and tastes all the way, incorporating everything that I love. Adele’s expertise and creativity was extremely valuable. Once we started looking at options and talking, I completely changed my original concept. Going into this, I was hoping for a basic back deck with a garden, some flowers, blah, blah, blah. The design that Adele developed will create a wonderful, dramatic oasis – for me and for the neighbourhood enjoying its beauty – for years and years to come. What a gift Earthworm is! Thank you so much, Adele!! I’m pinching myself – I feel like a little girl who just got a pony! This was the smartest investment I could have ever made."

- Client - Donna Call

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