Garden Planner

Garden Planner

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.4
out of 25 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2.24
  • Total Downloads:
    264,163
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 20, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (15-day trial, watermark on printouts); $24.00 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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Despite a few omissions, this program still stands as a handy tool for anyone who plans a garden or landscape from the ground up. The bright, welcoming interface is a snap to understand, and, though you won't find a step-by-step wizard, the animated introduction quickly brings you up to speed.

Operating the program is equally painless. You simply drag and drop shrubs, trees, flowers, buildings, paving, and ponds into a large grid and lay them out as you like. You can change the foliage color and zoom in or out on your garden. However, we wish the program included several templates for houses so you could spatially arrange the garden around it. We also would like the developer to give us a few sample garden layouts.

Still, we think Garden Planner can be useful for a number of folks, whether they're new home owners, landscape architects, or just gardening enthusiasts.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"What a Crock"

April 15, 2014  |  By mchlwlsh

 |  Version: Garden Planner 3.1.0.3

Pros

None, this is NOT the program you are downloading

Cons

This is just a scam to get you to download a torrent client

Summary

Dont trust CNET anymore

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1 stars

"Potentially useful, but difficult to use"

April 08, 2013  |  By hadaller

 |  Version: Garden Planner 3.0.0.72

Pros

Creates a pretty diagram on-screen

Cons

- Cannot define a 'lot' or give dimensions to your - area.
- Cannot place 'buildings' on your lot/area.
- Objects such as patios, driveways, etc. are defined from their center, not the top left corner, so it is difficult to line them up.
- Trial is lame.

Summary

I was able to make some progress toward drawing my yard, but it was quite difficult and I felt like I was fighting the program the whole way.

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1 stars

"A lot of junk comes with the software"

March 20, 2013  |  By RP234

 |  Version: Garden Planner 2.4

Pros

don't know

Cons

Some Mix J?? Browser toolbar comes with the software and completely changes default browser page, installs Browser protector junk software and changes your browser search engine ... This kind of behavior really drives me mad and the only thing I did was uninstall...

Summary

Comes with a lot of junk software (Garder planner itself might be good but never want to install it again)

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3 stars

"Decent for home users ; not capable of heavy lifting"

April 10, 2012  |  By jtellerelsberg

 |  Version: Garden Planner 3.0.0.48

Pros

Reasonably simple to use

Cons

Can't quite do enough for more than basic landscape design

Summary

This is a fine program for home users who want to fiddle around with landscaping ideas for their yards. However, it doesn't have enough bells and whistles to handle more serious efforts. For larger scale--up to and including professional--design efforts (larger scale either in terms of greater number of details within a small unit of land or in terms of larger area of land being designed), I recommend Realtime Landscape Architect.

Updated on Apr 10, 2012

One thing I forgot to mention is that this program was developed in Australia and assumes garden styles and plant species that are typical of that climate. For someone like myself in New England (USA), using it involves a bit of compromise and work-around for those reasons.

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2 stars

"Very disappointing"

March 13, 2012  |  By Jzooman

 |  Version: Garden Planner 3.0.0.45

Pros

It's simple. Some things, like distance computation, are handy, but they are far overshadowed by the negatives. Fortunately the lesson on poor design software didn't cost much.

Cons

Not intuitive at all. Just drawing a straight line proved to be a challenge - couldn't terminate the line without it disappearing.

Summary

Don't bother with this software. And certainly don't pay for it.

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4 stars

"Does the job of a garden design program"

January 07, 2012  |  By kcamphoto

 |  Version: Garden Planner 3.0.0.38

Pros

The reports are cool! Copy and paste, click and drag, scroll... if you can envision your garden and can use a design program, this is pretty simple.

Cons

Too much clicking; it is a little bulky. Could use far more garden add-ons/items, but admittedly, it has far more than the other programs I saw.

Summary

Does the job.

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3 stars

"Fun but buggy on big projects"

April 05, 2011  |  By marisa1116

 |  Version: Garden Planner 2.5.0.6

Pros

Extremely easy to use. It has an interesting selection of objects, including horses, hen houses, ponds and a variety of lawns/ground covers.

Cons

Large project layouts are difficult (zoom out is limited to 10%, so you can't see large projects without scrolling) to impossible (objects, such as ground covers, simply won't stick on larger projects - they vanish when you position them).

Summary

It's cheap, fun and fine for smaller projects. They need a larger selection of buildings. "Square" and "Rectangle" don't really cut it. Also, all layouts/ground covers are limited to 90 degree angles. If your yard isn't a perfect square/rectangle, you'll be winging it.

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3 stars

"Simply program"

March 12, 2011  |  By Vanny_Bunny

 |  Version: Garden Planner 2.5.0.6

Pros

Easy to create

Cons

not enough plants and options

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1 stars

"Ditto Worthless above."

September 12, 2010  |  By dennphill

 |  Version: Garden Planner 2.5

Pros

Well, the d/l was a trial version, so price was right...until I decided I'd wasted - totally - the past 2+ hours. (Trying to think of any more pros....guess I can't.)

Cons

Couldn't print the whole plan on a page - couldn't scale the output. Trying to copy an entry (re-sized tree, for example, with associated label got me the default - original - entry which needed re-sizing all over again. Very not-user-friendly.

Summary

I'm still looking for a garden planner... (Oh, the warning that there is to be a watermark over the printed output - this being a trial version and all - is laughable.) I could never print a page that had the whole basic plan I'd created...all I got was the top left side on the first page...and no subsequent pages with the remainder of the plan. And the "watermark" on it (well, from my inkjet) was BOLD BLACK LETTERS "TRIAL VERSION" 3/4" high X 6" long printed diagonally across the page, with the warning, "visit www.smallblueprinter.com/garden/ to buy the full version and get rid of this ugly watermark and get unlimited use of garden planner" I think not. And I was just looking for a plain-jane 2D garden program. This is a poorly thought out program not ready for prime time.

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1 stars

"Worthless!"

August 04, 2010  |  By feastman

 |  Version: Garden Planner 2.5

Pros

I can't find a pro.

Cons

Everything!!!!!!

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Artifact Interactive
Publisher web site http://www.smallblueprinter.com/garden/
Release Date November 20, 2014
Date Added November 20, 2014
Version 3.2.24
Category
Category Home Software
Subcategory Landscape Design Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 23MB
File Name gardenplannersetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 264,163
Downloads Last Week 146
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 15-day trial, watermark on printouts
Price $24

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