LOOK INTO AND THROUGH YOUR LANDSCAPE
THIS CAN REVEAL SOME AREAS THAT WOULD BENEFIT FROM A SITE VISIT
I CAN HELP GET RID OF BORING,
UNDER PERFORMING, AND OR OLD BAD DECISIONS
upgrade / update your landscape and or get answers to your questions and concerns
with Who, How to's, What if's, Why, When is Best Time
a Walk and Talk at Your Home
give a site visit / consultation--as a gift for someone or to yourself
First hour cost $160.00 ($185.00 if you live beyond HWY.
270-255) payable at end of hour
time over an hour broken into 15 minute
segments ($25.00 per)
to my services first 'Thanks for Asking', I strictly consult / design and do not sell plants, installation services,
or anything other than ideas which are built upon 30+ years experience, your homes archtecuture, setting, and your personal
goals. I feel by only offering a ideas / plans / designs I truly focus on your goals, however I will have no qualms
about saying that sounds great but, there may be a way with similar results and much less real and mental money spent.
Process we set up a time / date to
meet at your home (week-ends filled sorry), any time between 9:00 and 5:00 (seasonal dependent) Monday thru
Friday- We spend an hour walking, talking and focusing on area(s) of interest / concern, you can tape record, camcorder,
take notes or just listen as I share thoughts, ideas and insight related to the list of your concerns or interests (i.e.
screening view, planting butterfly garden, removal of aged / storm damaged plants, orientation of deck / patio, location of
compost area, pruning shrubs, water garden placement, why won't grass grow, etc. )
Should you decide you would like to have a formal to scale drawing - $150.00 site visit consultation cost
will be deducted from design fee. Designs (depending upon project size will
be presented on either 11 x 17" or 24 x 36" paper) start at $500.00. Before I start designing I compose a design
strategy letter to you based upon notes and sketches from our walk around, included in letter text will
be design cost.
fee is agreeable I will then sit at a drafting table and formulate a formal to scale, hand drawn design, siting all aspects
of plants, new pathways, decks, etc. in order to make your yard / landscape what you envisioned and truly what will realistically
work given the setting, exposure, topography, care and maintenance time available, etc. After receiving drawing and having a chance to review plans contact me and we will then get together
to discuss what was drawn, from this meeting if any revisions or changes are needed they will be done, I can supply a listing of qualified landscape contractors to bid on the design installation, if you like.
If you prefer to construct / install plant material
yourself, I recommend purchasing materials and plants from building supplies, nurseries / garden centers that are open
year round, they are staffed with people well versed in all ins and outs helping you avoid back sliding or making a mistake.
Speaking Engagement-e-mail or call for specifics, cost and other related
My Books: written with both Missouri and Southern Illinois
in mind,available at many bookstores, garden centers and big box stores and several museum gift stores throughout metro area
Missouri Gardener's Guide--pictures
/ info. about 165 plants
Month by Month Gardening in Missouri--year round
care of plants from annuals to water gardens
Insight into my life experiences which brought me
here today, where I'm so lucky to be doing something I thoroughly enjoy. Since
1977 I've been professionally working in numerous aspects of the outdoors including; staff horticulturalist and teacher
at MO. Botanical Garden, manager retail garden center, landscape consultant / designer,
author, radio show host, co-founding predatory insect store.
My garden pathway has included many things: 1969 joined
Air Force and served 4 years with Strategic Air Command, discharged from March
AFB Riverside Calif. 1973-San Diego State University, then onto UCSanta Barbara botany,
horticulture, landscape design returned to St. Louis in 1977-joined MO. Botanical
Garden with 4 years English Woodland Garden and 1 year tropicals and exotics in Climatron, Desert, and Mediterranean
House complex at which time I obtained and still maintain Missouri State Pesticide Applicators license-Ornamental
/ Turf & Aquatic Environments, began teaching and continue to do so at MBG. 1982 moved onto retail
garden center general manager (became MO. state certified nurseryman), I hired / trained staff, plant research / selection
and promoted user friendly pest management. In 1986 became working partner
in residential landscape consulting, planning and design, doing local and national seminars, co-founded predatory insect
store, 1990's spent 8 years as a faculty member of Horticultural Department at St. Louis Community
College at Meramec, participated in programs sponsored by Powell Gardens of Kansas City, MO. Dept. of Natural Resources, Landscape
/ Nurseryman’s Assoc. of Greater St. Louis, U. of IL. Extension.
I've authored garden / design related articles for regional newspapers, Fine Gardening magazine
and my designs have been featured in various publications. In 1994 KMOX radio asked me to host a new show 'Garden Hotline'
and I continure to share thoughts with listeners from across the region. 1998-grand mal epileptic seizure was starting point for Mike Miller Designs landscape consulting
/ planning and publication of my first book Missouri Gardeners Guide. In 2000 wrote Missouri
Gardener's Journal, 2005 revised Missouri Gardener’s Guide, and wrote Month
by Month Gardening in Missouri. 2007, I provided gardeners in Kansas with a customized Month by Month Gardening in Kansas. I've participated
on several advisory board panel including-Brightside St. Louis and Epilepsy Foundation of Greater St. Louis--Life is Great--As always -Enjoy