What our Clients have said ....

"Though our garden is sunny and South-facing,  a combination of poor drainage and a boisterous spaniel had taken their toll and it was virtually unusable. We had no idea how to improve it, so we thought the obvious thing to do was to contact an expert.

From the moment we met Fiona we knew we had made the right decision.  We didn't really know what we wanted, except to get rid of the grass and have a beautiful space where we could sit and relax. Fiona was so patient with all our vagueness and somehow managed to come up with a design that was perfect for our needs. 

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Because we were on a tight budget we decided to do a lot of the work ourselves, and Fiona took account of this in her plans. They were so accurate and easy to follow that even we were able to build complicated structures such as raised beds with built-in seating.  

Still being novice gardeners, we also asked Fiona to do a planting plan, which was again really easy to follow.  The result is beyond anything we could ever have dreamed of - we have a stunning family (and dog!) friendly garden that is the envy of our neighbours and so easily maintained that we still have plenty of time to enjoy it.  Even without grass our garden is much greener than it ever was before.

From start to finish, Fiona's service was fantastic, and we really felt she cared about our garden as much as we did.  We would thoroughly recommend Glen Rosa Garden Design."

Andy and Lynda Clark, Linenfields, Cumbernauld

"Fiona provided a fantastic service for us - I will definitely call on her again and be more than happy to recommend Glen Rosa to friends. Our project was quite drawn out as we were doing the hard landscaping ourselves and so we got to know Fiona quite well.  She is very dilligent and has patience in abundance and takes a lot of pride in her designs. The level of customer care is fantastic. Front garden next year Fiona!"

F. Gillespie, Falkirk
 Low maintenance garden


 "Fiona helped us plan and design our garden from the start.  We only had a broad idea of what we wanted to achieve, but Fiona's patience and creativity in the design stage was very helpful in coming up with a plan which suited us and also introduced some good ideas from Fiona herself.  We were very impressed with her attention to detail to ensure everything we agreed was included, and she kept in regular contact with ourselves and the contractor as we approached the start of the work.  Fiona created a good impression from the outset of someone who was reliable and professional, and because of this we also asked her to do some site visits during the building of the garden to work with the contractor and ensure the design was fully implemented.  We are delighted with our garden, and could not have achieved it without Fiona's skills.  We would highly recommend her."

S. Black, Glasgow

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"We are delighted to recommend Fiona of Glen Rosa Garden Design.  We posed a difficult task for her as the clay soil and varying levels were impossible for us to achieve a workable result. Fiona came back to us with a choice of solutions all to fit our requirements, answering questions we had not even thought of. Her designs were meticulous and she made sure we even understood them! Throughout the work Fiona kept in touch by phone and did several site visits, taking many photographs at every stage.

The result is a beautiful garden we actually want to spend time in and is manageable for us. We can not thank her enough for her vision, transforming a soggy, hard to work garden where no amount of effort showed any results, into an easy to manage and useful outside space.

THANK YOU FIONA, we can not recommend you highly enough."

Allison and Mike Ogden, Cumbernauld

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 "Fiona listened to our ideas of what we wanted for the back garden, then put them all together in a design we could never have imagined.  The result and our garden is simply brilliant". 

 Val & Mick Berridge, Falkirk


"We enjoyed working through designs with Fiona.  Our tiny garden posed a number of challenges but she asked intuitive questions and the resulting design was perfect.  Our garden is now transformed and doesn't look so tiny anymore!  Thanks for making the process very easy."

Michelle and Peter Watt, Glasgow

 "Thank you very much for designing a lovely garden for us.  I could never have imagined such a transformation.  The children love the round lawns, and run along the edging stones.  Isla loves standing by the tree, on the stones, shouting to her sister.  We now have a garden they can enjoy playing in without getting wet feet, and we can enjoy looking out at plants!  Thanks again."

F. Morrison, Cumbernauld

 low maintenance family garden

"We had an awkwardly shaped garden at the front of our house which had been neglected because we did not know what to do with it. Fiona visited us and listened to our ideas. She came up with a plan which met our needs and provided lovely, detailed drawings.  The drawings enabled us to get a proper quote and specified exactly what was required of the landscaper. The finished job looks very good and we are delighted."

Andy Price, Kilsyth

 low maintenance front garden

"We have a small garden on a slight  slope and could not make up our minds what to do with it. After looking on the internet we saw Glen Rosa Garden Design.  Fiona came out and listened carefully to what we thought we wanted and then put together a design to allow scope for change and to have colour coming through the seasons. Her planning and advice on plants and maintenance in her booklet is well worthwhile and makes you feel confident for the future of the garden. Getting her to help with the planting is a very good idea. Nothing was a bother to her if you decided to make a change."

John and May Sinton, Dunblane

 sloping border

"Fiona helped us in planning and designing a part of our garden which had an awkward shape and was difficult to work in. She listened to our ideas and made some suggestions which we had not thought possible, then came back with two conceptual designs for us to choose from. We are delighted with the plan we chose and with the planting plan which Fiona incorporated into it. We were impressed with her professionalism, attention to detail and commitment, from the conception of the design through the installation and final planting of the garden.

We would highly recommend Glen Rosa Garden Design."

PF, Cumbernauld

 low maintenance garden

"Fiona designed our garden in May of this year. She was expert in manipulating and working with our garden space to suit our needs and using existing contours to their best advantage. Fiona offered creative collaboration while guiding us to chose shrubs, plants and trees, which would best suit our environment. She worked on site with landscaping contractors to ensure the project was being satisfactorily completed. The end design Fiona created is a stunning garden, which we have watched bloom through the Summer months into the Autumn while still retaining beautiful colours and textures. We would highly recommend Fiona and Glen Rosa Garden Design."

C. Jeffery, Cumbernauld
 grey sandstone paving

"Our dealings with Fiona at Glen Rosa Garden Design have been excellent.  From the outset, she listened to our ideas and incorporated them with her own providing us initially with a conceptual design of our new garden.  A further meeting finalised the plans and Fiona's subsequent in-depth design enabled us to visualise our completed garden.  This design was backed up with detailed planting plans and tips for maintaining our garden, which have proved invaluable.  In summary, I couldn't be more impressed with the service Glen Rosa Garden Design provides and I have already recommended them to friends and family."

C. Kerr, Dumfries

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" On buying our new home in May 2009 we were faced with a very poor outlook to the front and side of our house.  At the bottom half of a converted villa we had a tarmac strip to the front and a rubble yard to the side of the property.  We contacted Fiona Buttenshaw, who had been recommended to us, to help us in planning and designing a special garden area to the front and a smaller courtyard to the side.  Fiona visited us on a number of occasions and listened carefully to our ideas of what we envisioned on the outside areas and came back with carefully drawn plans and new ideas for us to consider.  The combination of her careful listening and her own design creativity produced a garden plan which we were delighted with.  Further to the garden design plan, Fiona provided a planting plan which specified all the plants which would complete our special garden and courtyard areas.

The garden and planting plans complemented the architectural features on the outside of the house including an ornamental area at the front of an oriel window and a more informal grassed and shrub areas leading from this.  At the side of the house, an intimate courtyard was designed to maximise the potential for light and atmosphere and to provide a very different aspect for us to enjoy.  At the beginning of November there was great excitement when the hard landscaping was laid and an array of beautiful plants, shrubs and trees were planted.  Since that time we have had the delight of watching our garden grow and have received numerous complements from our neighbours in turning a visually poor area into one which is really beautiful.

We had never before owned a garden and knew little about where to start, although we had ideas!  Thanks to Fiona we now have truly lovely areas to tend and to sit in and enjoy.  We are very appreciative of Fiona's design and planting knowledge which has made our new home so special."

J. Dorby, Glasgow

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