Remote Landscape Design Services for Busy Landscape Installers

Landscape Plan Services is a local business based in the Albany, NY area that provides custom CAD drawings, detailed plant legends, and photo portfolios of landscape projects specifically tailored for landscape contractors.

John Kelly has been designing landscapes since 1987 and is an APLD certified landscape designer. Decades of field installation and site management gives him a real world design philosophy. Simple foundation plantings can be thoughtfully designed and profitably installed. Grow your business and set yourself apart.

Too busy to draw plans and learn software? Don’t have a designer on your staff? We can help. Submit your sketches and photos and receive your completed design by email or Dropbox.

Our trade pricing is only available to landscape contractors. John and Laura Kelly have been providing landscape design only services to clients, contractors, and builders since 2003. Plans start at $250 for simple foundation plantings.

Since you provide us with all of the site information and we deliver your completed design by email we can service all of New York state, including the Buffalo, Lake Placid, Watertown, Rochester, Plattsburgh, Syracuse, Saratoga Springs, Delmar, Glenmont, Troy, Schenectady and Queensbury areas.

Landscape Plan Services is the trade only division of Land Design, Inc. If you are not a landscape contractor, please head over to our main site where we can help you locally or head to for remote landscape design help for anyone in New York’s zone 5 regions!

Are you a residential client in the Albany NY area? Head over to our

Main site

An Example of our Landscape Design process for Contractors

Landscape plan plant list

A concise plant legend shopping list for you and your client.

Plant portfolio

A photo Plant Portfolio that sells jobs effortlessly!

Link to an example Cloud Plant Portfolio that can be shared with clients by email


Q. What’s your background? Are you going to give me a plan with plants I can’t find easily in the Albany NY area?

A. John Kelly is the owner and lead designer of Land Design, Inc. and Landscape Plan Services. John has 30 years field and office experience in Albany’s Capital District. He spent 15 years as a foreman and designer at Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham, NY and started Land Design in 2003 to provide landscape design only services. John is a certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

We are familiar with the usual nursery stock availability. We aim to use low maintenance plants that are hardy and not fussy.

We also have become very familiar with native plants, incorporating them into traditional landscapes where possible.

Q. Why is your pricing so reasonable to landscape contractors?

A. Since you are providing the site analysis (measurements, photos, client input) we don’t have to visit the site. That travel and other time is a huge part of our overhead of our residential division. We are also counting on you to provide us with a steady supply of work without us chasing down leads.

All materials are delivered by email or into a Dropbox account which you’ll need to set up and give us access to a jobs folder. Not printing materials is a huge cost saver also. We find a 11 x 17 format works well and many contractors have a printer capable of that. Our plant portfolios will be in a PDF format and you can also simply email your client the link to the cloud version of the portfolio, which is a job seller!

Remember we are here to help you grow your business. We consider all of our trade customers to be part of our extended team. We regularly refer our design clients to our team for installation services.

Q. How do I start using your landscape design services?

A. We can start with a phone call meeting or email. We’d like to get a sense of what your expectations are, what is your usual time frame for turnaround, and how comfortable you re with the tech we use.

Look at the examples we have for good measurement and photo submissions. You’ll need a Dropbox account which you can upload your job info a client folder and we’ll put the completed materials there when we are done, along with your invoice.

Q. What are your prices and payment terms for providing landscape plans to contractors?

A. Typical foundation planting plans can be as low as $250 for the plan and portfolio. We will look at every job you submit and confirm the price with you before we start. Hardscape plans will obviously be more.

WE DO EXPECT TO BE PAID IN A TIMELY MANNER, IDEALLY WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF DELIVERY OF OUR MATERIALS. Mailing a check in is fine and we can discuss other options if necessary.

Visit your contractor page over at our main site, look at our managed project portfolio, and get a sense of who we are and our 30 years of experience!

Contact us Today so we can help you grow your Landscape Installation business!