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Category: Garden Design
17 Sep
2021

From Mudslide to Tranquil Terrace

Who’s ready to talk about drainage issues again? What can I say, water is everywhere and can do major damage to a landscape without proper guidance. In our many years of working on people’s yards, drainage is almost always a part of the project. Builders often create beautiful houses without giving much thought to the..

30 Aug
2021

When the Student Becomes the Master Gardener

“Master Gardener” sounds like quite the level of prestige but my friend, Terrie Thamer, is as down to earth as it gets… literally. With a garden in Gainesville known for its wild perennials, wonderful textures, and sprouting vegetables, Terrie is an amazing gardener and ally to the environmental community. She has worn many hats in..

25 Jul
2021

Cottage Style Garden in Cleveland

Have you ever seen a beautiful home with an unfortunate front yard? The layout of the house, the steps, the driveway, the front porch – it may all be pretty and well-constructed, but without green grass and pops of floral color to frame and punctuate its beauty, the building may look like just that: a..

15 Jul
2021

Those Who Plant Together, Grow Together

Definition What is a community garden? Merriam-Webster tells us: Community: a unified body of individuals: such as people with common interests living in a particular area Garden: a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables are cultivated When you put those two words together, you get a group of people who live in..

27 Jun
2021

Rose Lane Tells All

I have a dear friend and client named Pamela Keene who owns a beautiful 3 acre estate located in Flowery Branch, North Georgia. With its wide variety of flowers, vegetables, fruits, trees, and a unique collection of roses, Pam’s garden is a monumental triumph to say the least. Over the years Jason and I have..

03 Jun
2021
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Pretty in Pink!

In a recent blog I discussed the convenience and beauty of having a cutting garden, somewhere I can go to relax and harvest beautiful blooms for any arrangements and bouquets I might want. Some of my most beloved blooms from these gardens have coincidentally been a favorite color of mine, pink! In my garden and..

23 May
2021
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Garden Expectations: Classic Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Garden Expectations developed by watching too much HGTV or visiting formal gardens are comparable to Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations – full of extreme imagery and a colorful cast of characters. The images presented by popular media outlets capture our attention and pull us into the belief that our gardens, homes, and lifestyles can be perfect,..

04 Apr
2021
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Another Block in the Wall

Walls do not always divide people and their property. Some of them smooth the path between nature and construction by offering curb appeal, practical landscaping solutions, and beautiful spaces to garden. One of our clients in Cleveland, GA had a driveway that was cracking and pulling apart from their home. To get to the bottom..

10 Mar
2021

Hemlock T.L.C.

You’ve heard it before: Save the Trees! But hear me out, hemlocks are particularly important and particularly in danger. A few years ago I talked about the hopeful hemlock and its fight for survival. Now I’ll explain a little more about how you can treat them. All About Hemlocks: A Refresher If you didn’t know,..

21 Feb
2021

Flowers: Medicine to the Mind

Luther Burbank’s quote says it all, “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.” A cutting garden is just that, a place of happiness, sunshine and a balm for the soul. We live on a wooded lot with lots of great shade in which to grow..

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