Fockele Garden Company Receives A National Award Of Excellence

The Fockele Garden Company is proud to announce it has been awarded a Silver Award of Excellence by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

The company was awarded for its part in creating the Courtyard Waterfall at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

The waterfall garden was made possible by Chris and Jane Smoot, who hoped for “a waterfall that would replicate nature from the north Georgia mountains, a natural setting that would provide a place for patients’ families, providers, staff and the rest of the community to find replenishment and solace in this busy world.”

The plaza allows patients, visitors, and staff to step outdoors into nature in a very peaceful setting. Said Anthony Williamson, president of NGMC Braselton. “The Courtyard Waterfall creates a whole new experience and level of healing in the plaza through the sight and sounds of moving water.”

Construction of the garden, which spanned a year’s time, was completed in July 2019.

The project was the result of collaboration between The Medical Center Foundation, HGOR Planners and Landscape Architects, Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Chris and Jane B. Smoot.

Courtyard Waterfall is one of the many therapeutic gardens found on NGHS campuses that the Fockele Garden Company has participated in creating.

Others include, Jack and Janice Frost Water Garden, Christian-David Family Pet Park, Anne’s Garden, Wilheit-Keys Peace Garden, Rotary Entrance Plaza, Nell’s Prayer Garden, Pope Family Garden, and two Lovelight Plazas. Each garden was totally funded through philanthropy with signature gifts to The Medical Center Foundation.

Each year, the National Association Landscape Professionals Awards of Excellence recognizes exceptional landscape, lawn care, and interior plantscape design projects from around the nation. This year,110 awards were bestowed for maintenance, design/build or contracting projects.

BEFORE & AFTER: Design Defined

We designed and installed this renovation project several years ago. Beautiful homes benefit from a new look. Are you ready for us to re-invent your garden?

Design Defined

When we begin to work with a new customer, we recommend starting with a landscape design, which may vary in scope from a master site plan to an intimate, special garden. A landscape design is a road map to define and communicate concepts, ideas, goals, solutions, and details between the designer and the customer.

For example, what is the scope of the project; what is your budget range; how do you envision using your landscape; do you want a lawn for kids or need something more dog proof; do you entertain outdoors or like to spend time outside in a quiet, shady corner surrounded by the sound of birds and water; does your neighborhood have specific covenants for landscapes? Then there are the inevitable drainage and erosion problems to solve. Do you need irrigation, want outdoor lighting, or dream of some water features? How can your yard be more private without building a fence? What style do you prefer, for example formal, naturalistic, or in-between? What colors, favorite garden plants, or type of plants would you prefer? Are you a gardener and plan to maintain the garden yourself or plan to hire someone with landscaping ideas to help? These questions all need answers before a professional landscaping designer ever sits down at a drawing table.

Our designers will evaluate all of these items as specific to your site. We will understand your site first and then based on this understanding we will provide appropriate solutions, appropriate plant selection, appropriate hardscapes, and appropriate complexity for you. Most importantly, we will listen to you and provide a landscape design that meet your priorities, needs, desires, and dreams.

A boulder wall and MORE!

Our client in hilly north Atlanta needed a new retaining wall as part of her landscape renovation. This big project also included hillside gardens, a new water feature, a sculpture garden and a dry creek bed.

Not just functional, a well-crafted boulder wall becomes a garden feature, especially when the crevices are designed to accommodate plants such as….creeping sedums, ice plant and Rosemary. Replacing the existing brick wall with a boulder wall created an attractive edge for the long concrete driveway.

After our extensive use of boulders and plantings on the front garden hillside, replacing the brick wall with a boulder wall allowed us to create consistency in the character of the front garden. On the average, each boulder weighs 400 to 700 lbs. and we used approximately 20 tons of rock!