Solution Gardening: Solves Problems, Meets Needs, Fulfills Wishes in the Landscape

deer resistant garden

I love a good conference. Attending landscaping and gardening industry conferences keeps me up to date on what’s been happening in the industry while I’ve been busy designing, digging, planting, meeting with clients and running our business all year long. They’re usually held in the winter, during the off-season, so they’re also a good excuse […]

Breaking Bad(ly): Front Steps

Newly replaced brick steps and front stoop

Front steps are often functional necessities in Northeast Georgia, where our homes are tucked into the rolling foothills, mountains and valleys. Beyond that, they can also be key elements in the well-planned landscape.Their design can literally “elevate” a home from ordinary to grand, making it appear larger and more elegant. Or offer a more down-to-earth […]

Making a Grand Entrance

Welcoming stone and paving stone entrance

Sometimes, function follows form. And there are instances in which outright defiance of fundamental architectural principles leads to the most extraordinary of homes. The gracious home of one of our clients in White County, shown below, is a case in point. Here, the front door—actually a set of French doors—is not the focal point of […]

Dentist Adopts Garden Hygiene

In progress landscape work at Gainesville Ga office

My dentist was keeping me in the dark. It wasn’t his dental practice, per se. It was his gardening practices. He had allowed the garden in front of his office to become so unruly and overgrown that the bushes and trees completely blocked the windows—and virtually all the natural light. I offered him a deal:  […]

While We’re At It…

Back yard stone steps, raised stone planters and walkway

It’s not unusual for a client to engage us to help with a particular goal, challenge or space and then expand the scope of the project when it becomes apparent that a related project could make the property more enjoyable or functional. This happened with a client I posted about recently, who initially wanted to […]

Decayed to Decked Out

Stone patio and raised beds

A homeowner and casual gardener called Art of Stone one spring day when she’d finally had it with the old deck off the back of her fabulous Northeast Georgia home. She wasn’t specific about what might go in its place. She just knew she wanted to have a nice place to entertain. And some raised […]

Goosed Up Lake House

Contemporary stone work on Lake Chatuge

We’d all love to have the perfect home with the perfect view. But in real life, most of us have to make compromises. Dream house, but not on the beach. Mountain view, but we wanted a ranch. One Dahlonega couple, who plans to retire in Hiawassee eventually, found the extraordinary view they longed for there—along […]

Sunny Slide Up

Stone boulder wall for pool slide in Gainesville, GA

Visiting David and Ki’s home in Gainesville was like dropping in on summer camp. Kids everywhere! Their own, some on loan (foster children), their friends’ children… And why not? In keeping with the kid-friendly attitudes, they’d had a swimming pool built to create a fairy tale back yard. The kids were especially delighted to find […]

Home Court(yard) Advantage

Courtyard garden and fountain

Kerry and Brian’s family’s waterfront property is perfect for entertaining in style. It has a spacious, beautifully landscaped back yard, a large, covered outdoor kitchen and a sunny patio overlooking Lake Lanier. But sometimes, the family wished for a small, more intimate outdoor area for reading, having quiet conversations or contemplating the universe. The home […]

What’s Your Garden Inspiration?

Stone walls and new sod

Soil, sun and water can always be amended or adapted to create a nice garden. But there’s another element at the root of the most amazing gardens:  inspiration. It can be as simple as a color, a shape or a picture or as complicated as a memory, a smell or a dream. I really enjoy […]