Fockele Garden Company Celebrates 30 years

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, The Fockele Garden Company is focused on a bright future built on the growth and accomplishments over its successful history.

The most significant change as the company moves forward is the retirement of founder Mark Fockele, with co-owner Julie Evans taking over as president and owner, and 7-year FGC veteran Jason Sparks becoming vice-president and CFO.

“We’ve created many wonderful gardens for our customers over the last 30 years and we appreciate their support and trust,” Evans said. “As we enter a new era of our company, our core values remain the same. We set high standards for ourselves because our job is to bring knowledge, value, creativity and inspiration to every project we are entrusted with.”

Fockele Garden Comp;any leadership, Vice President and CFO Jason Sparks and President and Owner Julie Evans.

Evans, who has been with Fockele Garden Company since 2000 and co-owner and vice president since 2005, has been instrumental in the company’s growth from a local company to one that serves all of North Georgia.

It all began in 1990 with Mark Fockele and two employees working out of an office on Green Street and a shed at the old Chambers Lumber Company property. Over three decades, the company has grown to more than 30 employees and is nationally recognized for its outstanding design, installation and maintenance work.

At first focusing exclusively on residential design and installation, FGC soon began to grow. It expanded into commercial design and installation with its first significant commercial project for City Plumbing in Gainesville in 1995, then expanding to other local and regional businesses. The company has always worked directly with business owners who had a keen interest in having appealing gardens, rather than the standard landscape.

In 2000, Evans joined the company as a designer. Fockele and Evans met while working on different aspects of a project in Atlanta. Both are University of the South graduates but were not classmates. When they met, Evans owned EcoCentric, a landscape company that designed and installed ecological restoration projects. They decided to join forces as each brought different skills that could make their projects better overall. Since that time, many of their commercial and residential gardens have won national awards for design, installation and maintenance.

Over the years, FGC has developed an expertise in healthcare gardens. It has installed six gardens at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center campus and at assisted living, nursing care and physical rehabilitation centers throughout Georgia.

Based in Talmo, Ga., the Fockele Garden Company, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, serves clients throughout North Georgia. The company focuses on the design, installation and maintenance of residential gardens and commercial landscapes. In addition to regular landscape services we also provide irrigation systems, outdoor lighting, custom water features, and stonework. For more information about the Fockele Garden Company, please call 770-532-7117 or visit