What kind of assistance does COGdesign provide for groups and organizations? 

COGdesign provides professional landscape design by landscape design practitioners and advanced students. These services usually includes a site analysis, a site plan, a plant list, maintenance recommendations, and a cost estimate. COGdesign does not install the design; rather, it provides concept plans for fundraising and, in some cases, plans for landscapers (paid and/or volunteer) to use.

Which organizations qualify for COGdesign assistance?

Any community-based group or organization that owns, or is responsible for, an outdoor space in need of design servicesand lacks the resources to acquire more traditional landscape design services, is eligible to be a COGdesign client. COGdesign has served community gardens, schools, churches, teen  affordable-housing complexes, museums, and parks. For private residential projects or organizations with secured funds, COGdesign can make appropriate referrals.

How can my organization obtain services from COGdesign?

Contact COGdesign’s Executive Director via email at info@cogdesign.org or by calling 781-642-6662 and explain your group’s needs. If  COGdesign can help, you’ll be asked to complete an application form. COGdesign responds to applications as promptly as possible.

What do COGdesign’s clients have to pay?

Clients pay a one-time, non-refundable $250 application fee. In addition, COGdesign clients reimburse the designer’s out-of-pocket expenses such as printing, film, and photocopying.  However, the designer’s time and expertise are free of charge.

Are there any other costs for COGdesign’s services?

COGdesign requests in-kind support from clients such publicity through newsletters and local newspapers or allowing COG to use meeting space. If fund-raising is underway, COGdesign encourages clients include a fee-for-services line item in the budget, payable to COGdesign.

What else does the client group have to do?

COGdesign clients are expected to fulfill certain responsibilities to produce a successful landscape design development process. These may include:

Providing the designer as much information as possible about the site, its history and surroundings, and helping the designer make contact with local officials and decision makers; 

Negotiating a Letter of Agreement with the designer;

Establishing a meeting schedule with the designer ;

Identifying a person or small committee to work with the designer throughout the process;

Setting up a mechanism within the group for making decisions and giving preliminary and final approval of the design;

Completing a brief evaluation for COGdesign once the design project is completed;

Fulfilling your in-kind commitment to COGdesign.

How long does the design process take?

The time can range from 6 weeks to 6 months or longer. How long it takes depends partly on how big or complex the design problem is and partly on how well the client group assists the designer.

What happens after the design is done? Can COGdesign help us get the landscape built?

We encourage community groups to begin fundraising mechanisms like grant applications or members’ appeals before starting a design project. The designers can help by providing a cost estimate for installing the design and making suggestions for sources of materials and funds, but they rarely take part in actual fundraising. The designer may be willing to contract with the client to help oversee the installation after the design project is complete.