GAINESVILLE, Ga. (May 1, 2013) —The Fockele Garden Company’s design and installation of the Wilheit-Keys Peace Garden at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center has earned three awards from the Urban Ag Council, including the group’s top award.
The Fockele Garden Company received the council’s top award – the Judges’ Award, as well as a Grand Award and a Green Star Award at the UAC’s Professional Landscape Awards Banquet in Atlanta.
The Medical Center Foundation received funding for the garden from Gainesville philanthropists Philip and Mary Hart Wilheit. The Wilheit-Keys Peace Garden is named in honored their late parents Tom and Jane Eve Wilheit and Jack and Mildred Keys. The Wilheits and Keys were avid gardeners and the garden includes many of the species of plants they cherished and grew themselves such as roses, daylilies, and hydrangeas.
Working closely with the family and the Medical Center Foundation, The Fockele Garden Company designed a garden that draws visitors with its serene atmosphere. The garden also features sustainable practices such as a permeable walkway that serves as a rainwater collection area. Rainwater is stored in underground cisterns and is used for irrigation as well as refill water for the five fountains.
The Fockele Garden Company work on the garden had previously earned a Grand Award from the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).
Based in Gainesville, Georgia, The Fockele Garden Company serves clients throughout the Southeast. The company focuses on the maintenance and installation of commercial landscapes and residential gardens, and provides services such as irrigation systems, cisterns, custom water features, and stone work. For more information about The Fockele Garden Company, please call 770-532-7117 or visit www.fockelegardencompany.com.