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2 "Awards of Distinction" received from UAC

HGD wins first professional awards from UAC



Our first entries into this professional annual awards competition earns HGD two "Awards of Distinction". Hoover's front yard makeover and Urquhart's discovery play garden both received honors. We're honored to have our work recognized by both our peers as well as the public.


You can also see Hoover's project which was recently won 1st Place landscape by Home Improvement Magazine

Urquhart's discovery play garden was recently featured in the AJC Homefinder
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"Green Star Award" received for environmental sustainability

Urquhart project by HGD receives more honors!


The Urquhart discovery play garden in Alpharetta was awarded the coveted "Green Star Award" by UAC, the Urban Ag Council of Georgia. This professional landscape award is given once a year to projects that exhibit innovative and sustainable solutions.



This back yard was created to provide a healthy and safe place for the children to play and discover nature. Everything is eco friendly from the raised beds of chicken manure compost & worm castings to the selection of plants for an organic vegetable garden, butterfly garden plus other plants in the landscape that will attract pollinators and beneficial insects. Hardscape are permeable. The design is water wise with drip irrigation that has state-of-the-art weather monitoring system for automatic adjustment based on current weather conditions.

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Three Awards just presented to HGD

Milestone Night!



Danna and Conrad Cain of Home & Garden Design, Inc. won three professional awards last night at the Urban Ag Council of Georgia's annual competition. Here we are with Walter Reeves who was the presenter and master of ceremonies.



Flashback to 1997 when we received three awards in one night from the Georgia Green Industry Association.

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Rolling Planters move with the sun




Rolling planters present an opportunity to grow flowers and edibles in places never before possible.

What if the sunniest place in your yard happens to be in the middle of the patio where your tables and chairs are? Since you rarely sit there every day and certainly not all day long, consider this ... push the furniture aside and roll your planters to that location so your plants can benefit from the rays of the sun!

I discovered these planters while searching for a solution for a family living in a mid century Modern home. The industrial look of these planters fits their style perfectly. The general concept is workable, however, for any style. Choice of materials, trim and color can easily modify the idea to work with a Traditional or even a Zen garden.

The key is heavy duty wheels that swivel so the planter can be moved easily in a small space. A light weight soil mix would be a benefit too, such as the soil used for roof top gardens, green roofs or hanging baskets.

I can't wait to find more uses for these planters along a driveway, near a pool, or even to transform the parking lot of a church or school. There are so many paved areas that are very sunny and unoccupied during the week or during the summer. Let's make that space productive and beautiful with edibles, flowers, and even fragrant small shrubs.

Get details about the planters shown in the photo above at rollingplanter.com and minifarmbox.com. Both are shipping from the West coast. I will be looking for other planters from suppliers located closer to each job site. Let me know if you discover anything.

Read more about us and my ecological, sustainable landscapes.

Danna Cain, ASLA
Home & Garden Design, Inc., Atlanta
homegardendesign.com

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2 Sided Landscape - Hidden vegetable garden in front yard

Vegetable garden in front yard can not be seen from street.
This is view from owner's driveway

Plant food, not lawns. Pretty front yard salad gardens

This salad garden is positioned in the sunniest part of the front yard in an area that is hidden from the neighbors. It's visible from my driveway and all windows across the front of the house. These edibles plus others scattered thru the front yard are combined with flowering shrubs and perennials that attract beneficial insects and pollinators. The plants occupy 90% of the space with only 10% remaining lawn.


The front lawn at my house is a very small drift of zoysia that flows along the curb and blends with the neighborhood. The entire remaining front yard is landscaped with edibles mixed with perennials and shrubs. The photo below shows the view from the street. The edible garden with the 4 stone raised beds is located behind the pink azaleas. Other low growing vegetables, dwarf blueberries and strawberries are located behind the purple verbena in the upper, left corner of the photo below.
drifts of flowers minimal lawn
This is what the neighbor's see. 
Edibles are behind the pink azalea.
boulders for raised beds vegetable garden
This is the other side where the main edible garden is located.
See more organic edible gardens. Contact me soon to have yours designed in time for the next planting season. Most fruit trees and berries are planted in February. Majority of vegetables are planted either mid - late April for warm season crops and mid - late October for cool season crops.

Looking forward to creating something perfect for you!
Danna Cain, ASLA
Home & Garden Design, Inc., Atlanta
homegardendesign.com
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Edibles are fun with "Food Head Fred". Let's get creative with food!

Ideas for vegetable gardens, kitchen gardens & edible landscapes.

creative illustrations of food, food faces
© Food Head Fred, Elaine Callahan
"Food Head Fred", by artist Elaine Callahan, helps me to look at fruit and vegetables in a different way. Just as this artist presents tasty tidbits in ways never before imagined, I strive in my designs to combine food into the landscape. Vegetables, herbs and berries can be planted alongside flowering shrubs and perennials in any sunny to part shade niche in the landscape.

Besides, when combined with other flowering plants that attract beneficial insects and pollinators, you will have a more healthy and vibrant garden. The vegetable garden does not need to be crammed into the far corner of the rear yard. Imagine it conveniently located near your new outdoor kitchen and part of your outdoor living experience. What if the only place in your yard with adequate sun is in your front yard? No problem! I've created many front yard edible gardens that are absolutely beautiful. So whether you want an herb garden, salad garden, home orchard, or edible estate, there are ways to integrate that into your landscape. Look at this idea ...
raised beds front yard edibles
Pretty front yard, organic salad garden

hidden vegetable garden front yard
Edible garden is hidden behind the pink azaleas
where it can't be seen from street
I have many more ideas to share with you. See upcoming posts to this blog from my recent seminar "Interesting Edibles: New, Unusual and Creative" that was first presented at the 2014 GGIA Wintergreen Conference. Discover how edibles are being incorporated intro trendy urban & suburban landscapes. Learn how to attractively integrate perennials, annuals and herbs that will attract pollinators & beneficial insects. Enjoy examples of how the design principles of color, texture & form are utilized to create beautiful results. 

If you're too anxious to wait for the upcoming posts, you can peak at a few photos of  organic edible gardens on our website.

Be sure to also visit  elainecallahan.com  to discover more "fresh art available in several delicious flavors". I'm certain you'll enjoy her refreshing illustrations.

Let's have some fun with edibles!
Danna Cain, ASLA
Home & Garden Design, Inc., Atlanta
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Interview with writer from HGTV.com

Small patio in Cobb County gets attention!



So excited to have been interviewed today for a potential article to be featured on HGTV.com. We talked about how to make small patios special. The Cooper alley project caught their attention due to the high level of detail and it's special appeal.

Danna Cain, ASLA
Home & Garden Design, Inc., Atlanta
HomeGardenDesign.com
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Danna Cain is featured speaker at GGIA Wintergreen State Conference



Interesting Edibles: New, Unusual & Creative is topic for seminar

I'm excited to be one of the speakers at Wintergreen 2014. GGIA invites renowned leaders in Georgia as well as nationwide horticulture specialists to share their knowledge of the latest info and trends related to landscaping. I'm very honored to be in the lineup of speakers that includes Michael Dirr & Alan Armitage of UGA fame as well as Jenny Edge Hardgrave, owner of Simply Flowers, one of the most talented landscapers I've ever meet.




GGIA's conference has been Georgia's #1 top horticulture conference for decades. Everyone who's anyone in the horticulture/agriculture world has attended this event since it's inception in the 1970's.

In addition to the fabulous educational sessions, GGIA Wintergreen features a trade show of companies from all over the Eastern U.S. who have the highest quality plants and other materials used for landscaping. It's always a joy to see and learn about the new introductions that will be on the market soon as these items will make my designs and your landscapes shine!

The current trend in the industry is to develop plants that are more dwarf, disease resistant and with longer blooming seasons. For my clients, that means plants that are very colorful, easy to maintain and small enough to not require pruning. I'm always looking for problem-solving plants so hope you contact me when you need advise or are ready to renovate your landscape.

At the conference, I will be presenting "Interesting Edibles: New, Unusual & Creative" ways to incorporate vegetables, herbs and fruit into the landscape. Explore how edibles are being incorporated into trendy urban and suburban landscapes. Receive inspirational ideas and information about extraordinary new plants, containers, vertical gardening, pollinators and more!

If you miss this conference be sure to check upcoming blog posts where I will be posting excerpts. I'm also available to present this hour long presentation at your conference, retreat or meeting. Inquire regarding details by sending email to contactus@homegardendesign.com

Danna Cain, ASLA
Home & Garden Design, Inc., Atlanta
homegardendesign.com
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AJC writes about our storage spaces with style!

HGD in the AJC Homefinder's Jan. 7, 2014 issue

This time the article about our projects focuses on innovative ideas for outdoor storage spaces.  I love that the writer called them "Snazzy"! Three of our projects are pictured with one of them being on the headline page shown below! In addition there are tips from Danna Cain on how to make your storage space attractive, functional and certainly not ordinary!







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We're featured in UAC professional journal

Interview with Danna about her background and interests.

Every month the Urban Ag Council selects a member to feature in their journal. We're honored to have been the one selected for the December 2013 issue.



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