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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 […]

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 […]

Native Plants Line the Path to Sustainability

If you are a reader of the Art of Stone Gardening blog posts, you know that we frequently discuss the importance and significance of native plants in landscapes. When you plant natives, you help rebuild habitat, strengthen the web of life and fight climate change. In this piece, reprinted with permission by Homegrown National Park®, […]

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. […]

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 […]

Purple Petal Power!

Earlier this year I did a blog on pink flowers, my recommendations for pink garden showstoppers, and the color psychology of pink itself. Now it’s time for pink to step aside and make way for her sister purple! Purple petal power is real and I’m here to spread the word. Purple flowers are always a […]

UGA Extension: We exist to serve you!

Ray Parker, Jr.’s lyrics* to the movie Ghostbusters say it all about the University of Georgia Extension service: If there’s somethin’ strange in the neighborhood (invasive wildlife) Who ya gonna call?   UGA Extension! There’s somethin’ weird and it don’t look good (improper pesticide usage) Who ya gonna call?  UGA Extension!  UGA Extension is this amazing service […]

Homegrown National Park

Echinecia - Coneflower

At Art of Stone Gardening, we are passionate about building gardens that check all the boxes: Beautiful Healthy Sustainable And while all 3 of those boxes are important, the third one can be the trickiest. How does one make a sustainable garden? What does it even mean to be sustainable? How does that benefit me? […]

Sautee Nacoochee’s Native Peace Garden

Native Peace Garden

Sautee Nacoochee Center’s Native Peace Garden – A Unique and Hidden Treasure At Art of Stone Gardening, one of our interests and specialties is native gardens. The use of native plants in any landscape is a major bonus because native plants support local fauna (insects, birds, other critters, etc.), bring resilience against pests, and have […]

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. […]