Garden Expectations: Classic Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Gibbs Gardens aka Garden Expectations

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, […]

Another Block in the Wall

block 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 […]

Dig a Hole, Plant a Tree

Dig a hole, plant a tree. It’s that easy, right? Unfortunately, no. As a Certified Arborist, I get asked all the time about what trees I recommend, where to plant them, and how to care for them. There’s a lot to consider when planting a tree and it can be overwhelming to say the least. […]

The Path from Lawn to Wonderland

Landscape design for Dahlonega, GA

We have lately taken on two clients, one in Dahlonega, Lumpkin County and one in Sautee, White County, who want to make the leap from lawn to something else. That’s a big order for us, as these are the first clients who have asked for such. For Art of Stone Gardening, grass in the form […]

From Dry Creek Bed to Lush Garden Oasis

dry creek bed and garden

Have you ever gazed out over your yard, full of pride, until you’re reminded of that eye sore that you just can’t seem to fix? Sometimes all it takes is a little help solving the foundational issues and then bringing to life your own ideas to give it that personal flare. One of our clients […]

Yard Celebrates Lake View

Landscaping, fountain and stone pathways

Usually, we take on landscaping and gardening projects to attract attention to the areas being landscaped or gardened, right? But as one of our recent projects illustrates, it’s not always that simple. The client and her family have a magnificent, new lakefront home, complete with an outdoor kitchen and entertainment area connected to the home […]

How to Make a Splash with a Simple Fountain

Teal fountain and grasses

Our client had a lovely, traditional, brick home in Dawsonville, GA.  The home had some interesting architectural features, including unique stone accents across the front façade and elegant copper gutters and downspouts. But those special details were lost in the view from the curb. They receded into the background because there was nothing to draw […]

Landscape Design Process Brings Creative Visions to Life

Initial landscape design concept

If you haven’t worked with a landscape design company before, the design process may seem a little mysterious. Maybe that’s because every project is unique. All kinds of factors—from the size of the job to whether additional professionals or trades need to be brought in—play into what the experience will be like. Adding a flagstone […]

Drainage Solutions Prevent Rain Damage

Block retaining wall in Hiawassee

Maybe you’ve noticed. We’ve had way more than our share of rain so far this year. In fact, according to the weather statistics keepers at NOAA, the Gainesville reporting station had recorded about 42 inches in total rainfall in these first six months of 2020, compared to the normal rainfall amount of around 27 inches […]

Life Is But a Stream. And Stone Steps. And Outdoor Lighting

Hillside Walls Steps and Water

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…Life is but a dream. Well, it was kind of a bad dream at one client’s home until we helped them tame the steep hill that was hindering their hospitality. Hiking is a favorite activity here in the Northeast Georgia mountains. As much as we enjoy it, we usually do stop short […]