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

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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

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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 […]

Weary of Weeding? Consider Going to Ground Cover.

Believe it or not, there is a certain subset of the population that enjoysweeding. Many cite its therapeutic benefits like quiet time in the sunshine,listening to the bees and the birds, and the rustle of the wind in the leaves ofthe garden. But let’s face it, having to weed constantly, especially at the peak of […]

Invasive Grasses: A Burning Issue

A week or so ago, we all watched in horror as wildfires consumed the area around Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii. What is often thought of as lush and tropical went up in flames in a matter of minutes and turned into a blazing inferno. How could this have happened? Sadly, it […]

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 […]

Flowers In A Rainy Place

A Travelogue of Flowers: Last year, Jason and I visited a beautiful island…Ireland. We spent one week there, bicycling around 150 miles from east to west, across the Emerald Isle. It was rainy and a little chilly (even in June); however, the flowers were spectacular. This is a country that truly loves gardening! We celebrate […]