Initial Consultation & Forming a Brief

Catriona Rowbotham will meet with clients at the site of the proposed garden to discuss client ideas and how the process works. 

The first offer is then to create a brief for your garden design based on your individual requirements and an initial appraisal of the garden from the first meeting. This offer will include a fee proposal for the Preliminary Design Phase.   Please click the link below to see in more detail how the design phases work:


Preliminary Design Phase

  • Survey & Full Site Analysis

  • Sketch Design

  • Moodboards to discuss materials, planting & precedents

  • Masterplan

Detailed Design Phase

  • Quantities & specifications added

  • Planting Plans and schedules drawn up

  • Moodboards to discuss and confirm plant selections

  • CAD layout showing setting out for construction

  • Relevant construction details

  • Design sent to tendering contractors


Larger projects will require a formal contract to be put in place. With experience from architectural projects, CRGD can act as contract administrator. Catriona Rowbotham is a Pre Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers and is as professional in her garden design as in her architecture. 


On smaller projects a more informal approach is more appropriate with site visits paid on an hourly rate, usually at the start of the job and then once a fortnight to check progress and completion.




CRGD subscribes to Shoot Gardening. Please click link below to find out the benefits of this subscription to CRGD clients: 

Shoot Gardening

Clients retaining CRGD until the end of construction will receive a bespoke maintenance plan from Shoot for one year after completion to help them or others keep the garden looking beautiful. 

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