Fockele Garden Company Receives A National Award Of Excellence

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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.