Landscape Design and Horticulture Services


To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.”

– Ghandi

As a landscape designer, Jim McSweeney works with each client individually to craft a landscaping that matches their vision. This entails a three step process: meeting with the homeowner for preliminary consultation, designing a possible plan for the site, and finally installation, where the project becomes a reality.

Every completed job has a unique assortment and arrangement of different elements. Some common features are ornamental or fruit trees, stylized cottage or formal gardens, native flowers and grasses, or a flagstone path or patio. See Hilltown Tree & Garden’s “Master Plant List” to see a selection on some of the most commonly used plants. All designs and consolations have permaculture as their backbone. Permaculture is the development of horticultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

Our Process Step-by-Step:

The following will take you through the design / installation process.

This first meeting normally takes between 1-2 hours. The consultation has three main components:

  1. Jim McSweeny, Hilltown Tree & Garden’s owner and operator, spends this time doing a preliminary site analysis with the client. They look at the soil, sun/shade issues, topography, microclimates, drainage, etc. Site Inventory Checklist
  2. After these have been assess, a discussion is had on what the client wants. Is low maintenance the highest priority? Or is it attracting wildlife to the gardens? What are the long and short-term goals? They will then receive conceptual ideas and professional recommendations.
  3. Lastly, they talk numbers. What would be the estimated cost to design and install the envisioned landscape?

For most consultations, there is a $250 charge. If hired for the installation, this fee is then credited back.