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“Mountain Home” wins Silver Georgia Landscape Award for Design/Build/Installation – Residential, Over $150k

Stonework, boulders, retaining walls sautee nacooche ga

Congratulations to Us! Art of Stone Gardening recently won a Silver Award at the 2024 Georgia Landscape Awards GALA, hosted by the Georgia Ag Council. Our category was “Design/Build/Installation – Residential, over $150k. https://urbanagcouncil.com/gala-georgia-landscape-awards/ Crafton Mountain Home: The client asked us to remove improperly selected and placed plant material, and claim underutilized space to create […]

10 Best Practices for an Environmentally Sensitive Site Analysis

Lake Laceola in Cleveland, GA

At Art of Stone Gardening, we approach landscape design with a deep commitment to environmentally sensitive site analysis. This means thoroughly understanding the unique characteristics of each site before making any decisions. Environmentally sensitive site analysis – meaning taking into account the site and it’s environment before buying plants or installing landscapes and hardscapes. The […]

Creating Usable Yard Space with Terraced Walls on a Steep Hillside

Living on a steep hillside can present unique challenges when it comes to designing and utilizing outdoor spaces. However, with thoughtful planning and creative solutions, even the steepest of slopes can be transformed into a functional and beautiful yard. One effective way to make the most of a steep hillside is by incorporating terraced walls […]

Best Yards for Dogs

Our furry, four legged friends bring us joy even as they present challenges in our lives. If you own a dog, and you have decided to redo your yard, it is best to consider the dog’s needs as well as your desires. We will help walk you through how to create the best yards for […]

The Art of Blending Stone and Fences – Masonry Landscaping

Incorporating stone into fencing is a perfect blend of elegance and durability, whether you opt for granite, limestone, marble, or any other type of stone. The following are some masonry and landscaping ideas to provide security and to enhance your landscape. *Add stone columns to swimming pool fencing: These first two photos show a pool […]

Why Go Dry?

What is a dry creek bed? Dry creek beds are a good solution for drainage and erosion problems, but they do not completely solve them because water goes where it wants. Water tends to take the path of least resistance. The three main essential components to a dry creek bed are location, the size of […]

Chastain Park Conservancy; You Go, Grill!

I love it when we get calls from unexpected places http://artofstonegardening.com/atlanta-history-center-stone-pathway-renovation. Located as we are, in Lumpkin County, we do not do much business in the Atlanta area, it is just too far of a drive. This project, though, sounded interesting and came from an unlikely source, the Chastain Park Conservancy. They needed help with […]

How to Maintain a Clean Pond

Remember a few months ago when we wrote about building a pond, and how lovely and Zen it can be? Well, a pond with dirty water is definitely not Zen. We want your pond to be Zen all the time, so here are some tips on dealing with a water feature where the water isn’t […]

Art of Water Features

There is nothing quite as Zen as a Koi Pond where the random motion of the fish and the flashes of sunlight off the ripples in the water immediately invite one into a state of tranquility. For this North Georgia Landscaping project, we were tasked with creating a Koi Pond water feature for a client. […]

For the Love of Cooking

The Clarkson’s house in Hall County, GA sits on a high bluff overlooking Lake Lanier. The lake side of the lot is steep, the front approach to the house is level. It is a two-story, contemporary style house, probably built in the 1980s. Additions have been made to it over time. The husband’s passion for […]