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    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 2nd Oct 16, 10:11 AM
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    Garden Design Software
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    • 2nd Oct 16, 10:11 AM
    Garden Design Software 2nd Oct 16 at 10:11 AM
    Morning, can anyone recommend garden planning software that is reliable but won't break the bank please?

    Many thanks, Tilly
    2004 £387k 29 years - MF March 2033
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    I'm sorry that I can't, but I have looked. In the budget range (admitted skinflint) most of the offerings were pretty weak, and many are all based on early 2000's programming that won't work well on Win 7 or 10. Tread carefully before splashing the cash.

    There are some professional suites costing hundreds.... Not for me.... and often got usa plants, not uk.

    I gave up, and went back to using a pen!
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    The only one I have ever seen that was worthwhile was an industry one that cost thousands. I've not come across one for the home gardener that was much cop. I find graph paper and crayons gives me as much of a plan as I need. I take photos and stick them on a big sheet of paper and do a sketch (I'm no artist by the way)

    Have a look at (google) Piet Oudolf plans - they are just a load of dots and scribbles but the gardens are amazing.
    • Tilly MFW in 6 YRS
    • By Tilly MFW in 6 YRS 2nd Oct 16, 2:21 PM
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    I think that's what we will probably end up doing. Thank you both for your thoughts 😙

    We have 1/2 an acre of orchard/veg area and I wanted to map it out before making some changes. Wish me luck sharpening my crayons.

    Tilly x
    2004 £387k 29 years - MF March 2033
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    • Elsewhere
    • By Elsewhere 3rd Oct 16, 12:34 AM
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    There's a free one here, but I haven't tried it myself

    http://www.marshalls.co.uk/homeowners/free-garden-patio-and-driveway-design-tools/garden-visualiser
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    self promotion is not permitted on MSE. Post reported.
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    VRH&G - I have reported you too, in order to keep MSE a practically helpful site - rather than full of self promoting ads - you won't do your company any favours.
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