If the name Dargan Landscape Architects seems vaguely familiar but you just can't place them, then you may be remembering three HGTV Ground Breakers episodes that featured the licensed landscape experts when the show was in its earliest stages of showing renovated home landscapes.
Now the bigger draw appears to be winning ones own home from HGTV's Urban Oasis Sweepstakes Giveaway, which is still taking 2013 entries through October 18, according to this About.com Sept. 5 update.
But before you sign up for the free giveaway chance, check out some of these before and after renovations done on homes in Atlanta by local landscape experts, which HGTV thought enough of to feature on their television show. You'll be so glad you did.
For example, this landscape hardscape example in this Crepe Myrtle Walk featured on Ground Breakers will take your breath away. Even the home owners are amazed at the transformation. Fast forward to the 2:22 section if you don't want to listen to the discussion that precedes the HGTV video section, but with this kind of a transformation, it might pay to listen to everything Mary Palmer has to say.
If watching the landscape design host Joe Washington reveal how a courtyard at a stylish home in Buckhead evolves from a simple table and chair look to an elaborate pond and stone feature, then fast foward to the 2:00 time frame section of this HGTV Ground Breakers video episode dubbed Vernacular Courtyard.
And for those looking for a Poolside Meadow construction learning experience that will shock and amaze you, there is this detailed video of the Ground Breakers episode, which begins at the 1:27 video time frame.
And if you get the landscape renovation bug after checking out these older Ground Breaker episodes, you will be happy to learn that it is the perfect time to learn how to do these kind of transformations yourself, as Mary Palmer Dargan will be hosting a three-day workshop at the Atlanta History Center this month, and it isn't too late to register for it--if you hurry.