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17/08/2014 at 22:48

hello i am a gardener and am designing a garden for a client and am looking for some good software that's not over complicated i dont mind spending a bit if its worth it, have an bought ideal home one of amazon and am finding it really frustrating to use, hope you can help folks 

17/08/2014 at 23:18

Hi Kelly, I started a thread asking exactly the same.  If I can find it Ill bump it up for you.

27/08/2014 at 06:01

HI guys, did you find any good software to recommend? I am after the same thing.

29/08/2014 at 00:21

Have a look at smallblueprinter, its free for the first few days which gave me just enough time to design my garden.

If you don't want to pay for the full package then first sketch/design your garden on paper and when your happy download the software. This way you will be able to allow time to get your head around how it works, and complete your plan before the free version expires.

Heres the design I did for my garden using smallblueprinter





29/08/2014 at 10:42

hey guys,

Hate to disappoint you LeadFermer, but I tried the smallblueprint software and I almost killed my garden. It is true that am not such a talented person though.  

But, in order to clean up the mess I made, I had to call for professional help from a maintenance company ( who actually saved my garden for a fair price.

As for next time I will decide to try my skills, I will take some classes first.  Not everyone is able to pull this thing off,  but  there might be a hope with Google SketchUp that is free and easy to use.

29/08/2014 at 12:10

I do mine the old fashioned way - paper and pencil! The important thing is to measure your garden properly. Most people assume what size and shape their plot is, and get a fright when they try to fit in the things they want.

Learn how to triangulate (it's not hard) then measure up properly, and - most importantly -  make sure it's to scale before doing anything else!  

29/08/2014 at 14:06

I must indeed.


30/08/2014 at 10:20



try its free for 30days then you need to pay for subscription

It does more than just veg, has loads of buildings as well that allows you to add sheds etc.


30/08/2014 at 11:30
Try auto cad they do lots of design tools
30/08/2014 at 11:44


I have used auto cad a few years back at my parents house for my room.....incredible, it didn't even cross my mind.  

01/09/2014 at 08:17

Great advice many thanks will take a look at the things you have all suggested.

06/11/2014 at 21:33

im surprised there isn't a good garden design programmefor win 7 at a good price . I used to used Geoff Hamiltons years ago that was ok . Then Monty Don`s which was brilliant .But It wont work on my win 7 laptop so frustrating . Any ideas please


11/11/2014 at 22:49

They have some good software.
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