Coming to Grips with Gravel

Coming to Grips with Gravel: What it is and How it’s Used  I have a friend who has gotten herself into a tizzy about gravel. Really? As she sees it, gravel is everywhere – at home on the driveway and neighborhood roads, at work on walkways and by flowerbeds. It’s by culverts and drains, in […]

Paradise Has Walls

Picture this. You’re having a backyard party. You’re just putting the finishing touches on a nice spread of food and drink while the evening outdoor lights blink on. Lovely music is playing in the background, the hot tub is bubbling, and people are starting to arrive. Everything looks pristine. Your screened-in porch is the perfect […]

Gushing with Joy

A few months ago I wrote a blog on the combined use of metal and stonework in the garden and how they make a wonderful duet together. In it, I highlighted a water feature we installed at a client’s home in Dahlonega, complete with stone steps, a cascading stream, and beautiful custom black iron railing. […]

To The Gazebo We Go!

Over the river and through the woods to the gazebo we go!  This past year we had a client who had recently cleared out an old house from their property and were left with lots and lots of space. Though they enjoyed their expansive backyard, they realized the space was a little too… spacious. It […]

If at First You Don’t Suc(seed)

In 2020, we shared with you the story of a client who wanted her grass lawn replaced with perennials. She is interested in native plants and sustainability. Transforming her space from grass to perennials was one of the first two projects of this kind for Art of Stone Gardening. The Plan The plan for the […]

Each Project is a Journey – One Step at a Time

When it comes to outdoor landscape solutions, Art of Stone Gardening is not your run of the mill landscaping/stone company. We are totally different from most companies, specializing in creative, unique designs. The story of the Wesselink project illustrates that. Vision, design, technique, labor and artistry were all involved in creating a one-of-a-kind solution for this […]

No More Amendments… to Planting Holes!

Since 1789, the constitution has been amended 27 times and I am here to say what I think should be the 28th amendment: no. more. amendments. … to planting holes! Okay so here me out because you may not have heard about this but it’s a hot button issue for me. The concept of “amending […]

Spreading The Magic Dust

Let’s get it out of the way up front. It’s all about sex… pollination, that is. Pollinators help plants reproduce. From the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) we learn, “Pollinators visit flowers in their search for food (nectar and pollen). During a flower visit, a pollinator may accidentally brush against the flower’s reproductive parts, […]

Secret Wall, Secret Garden

This past year we had a client in Sautee Nacoochee that had a failing wooden retaining wall supporting a cracked and failing driveway. The yard, however, was a beautiful array of mountain laurel and native North Georgia foliage. Our job was simple: tear down the current construction and replace it with a wall and driveway […]

Masters of the Gardenverse

Previously on Art of Stone Gardening…  If you’ve been keeping up, you may have heard me talk about the UGA Extension Service and some of my bigger-than-life friends like Terrie Thamer who boast the coveted title of Master Gardener. Now I’m here you to tell you all about MGEVs (Master Gardener Extension Volunteers) and the […]