Hardscapes in the Garden: Not Really So Hard

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALyle Collins, owner of Southern Trillium LLC will present a program on “Hardscapes in the Garden: Not Really So Hard,” at the January meeting of the Mountain Shadow Garden Club. Lyle is a University of Georgia graduate, certified Erosion Control Specialist and licensed Pesticide applicator for the state of Georgia. He originally founded Southern Trillium with two other associates in 2004 and has been creating and installing custom landscape designs, hardscapes and water features since then. He is a regular contributor to Hometalk, a home networking blog. Lyle is also a photographer and has spoken at previous garden club meetings on the topic of photography in the garden.


Lyle and his associates, Luke Fincher, site manager, and Kelly Wilson, project manager, work together to create custom garden spaces that are functional as well as beautiful. Luke studied horticulture at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and has over 10 years’ experience in the field as a commercial landscape installer and designer. Kelly studied horticulture at the University of Georgia and Gwinnett Technical College and has 15 years’ experience as a landscape designer and project manager.


Within Southern Trillium, Lyle has created a unique niche company that addresses an array of project sizes and styles. The hardscape design process has evolved naturally within the company’s own design approach and now speaks to the highest standards of garden design construction. Lyle’s presentation will first provide a framework for hardscapes in the garden addressing both conventional definitions and his specific stylistic and situational approaches to hardscape design/build. He will address construction considerations while showcasing available materials used in his own hardscape creations. The interplay of planting design and the creation of the tone and mood of the space will also be discussed in relation to hardscape design and installation. An eye-opening sample of photos will also be shown of hardscapes gone wrong! Of course, none of those were installed by Southern Trillium!


If you would like to hear Lyle’s program, please arrive 7:30 PM Monday, January 14th, at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 5801 Hugh Howell Rd. Stone Mountain. Free. Call 678-201-6443 for directions.

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