Woodside Garden is a walled garden near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. It has a plant centre, an award winning coffee shop and runs a series of events throughout the year. We were delighted when we secured the Woodside Garden website design contract.
Stephen and Emma Emmerson inherited their website when they bought the business back in 2010. Over the years they had “made do” with it, but it no longer met their needs: it was not mobile-friendly and it was difficult to add events and highlight blogs on the front page. There has also been a recent re-brand and the existing site could not be updated easily to incorporate the new logo and colour scheme.
Emma was confident that Red Kite Services could deliver a website that she wanted as we have a good knowledge of plants and wildlife. We have also worked on updating the website for Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens for many years, showing further experience in the sector.
We started the re-build process by reviewing the existing site and agreeing the content and images that would be retained. We streamlined the number of pages and reviewed the categories on the site.
We set up a development site where we could design the outline using our favourite template. We used the new colours from the logo throughout the site and used categories to place appropriate blogs onto the static pages. Emma did not want us to use sliders, but did send us some stunning images to use. She wanted a nice clean site but with a flowery touch, which we achieved by adding curved frames to the images.
She also wanted to easily add events, so we used a simple plug in. This makes it easy to add events and the next few events are highlighted in the sidebar. We have also categorised events so that if you look on the Wee Woodsiders page you can see a full list of child-friendly events.
We are still in the free “snagging” stage which we offer on all our website builds, so we are still working with Emma to develop the site now it has gone live.