The Fockele Garden Company - Landscape Design, Installation, Maintenance and Management for Residential and Commercial Properties

Serving North Georgia, Greater Atlanta and the Southeast - Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida

Our leadership team is  responsible for all projects and activities of the organization, ensuring that the company is staying true to its mission to provide personal and professional service, build beautiful gardens, and execute a strategy for continued growth.

Our success is not possible without our dedicated staff of over 30 experienced, creative, and skilled employees. Providing professional, customer-focused service is the cornerstone of our business.

MARK FOCKELE founded The Fockele Garden Company in 1990, and has guided its expansion over the years into five states and a wide variety of landscape disciplines, with an  emphasis on a natural style and a sustainable ethic. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree, summa cum laude, from the University of the South in 1976 and a J.D. Degree from the University of Chicago in 1980. He is certified as a Green Roof Professional by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and as a Rainwater Catchment Professional by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association.Mark has invested a large portion of his professional design time into developing unique and beautiful water features that act as the centerpieces of the gardens developed by the company.   He has also developed significant expertise in rainwater harvesting techniques, drought tolerant plantings, and related water technologies that have allowed the company to design, install, and maintain gardens with little or no reliance on potable water supplies. Mark has also taken a leadership role in the design and development of a project that has been accepted as a pilot project by the Sustainable Sites InitiativeTM.

Many of Mark’s professional relations with clients go back 10 or 15 years or more, demonstrating the success of company’s integrated design-installation-management approach and its commitment to customer service.

His distinct designs have been honored by the Georgia Green Industry Association, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers,  the Perennial Plant Association, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Lawn and Turf Association.

Julie Evans,landscape and garden designer, Gainesville GAJULIE EVANS joined The Fockele Garden Company in 2000 and became a partner in 2005.She has helped guide the company’s development into an award winning design-build-maintain firm that offers a wide variety of services consistent with our commitment to good stewardship. She has 25 years experience in the green industry, and has held positions as a horticulturist at the Atlanta History Center, Sales Manager at Saul Nurseries, Inc., and owner of her own design-build company.

Julie earned a B.S. degree in Natural Resources from The University of the South in 1984, and an M.A. in Biogeography from the University of Georgia in 1994. She has attended numerous technical trainings in ecological restoration, is a certified Wetland Delineator, and has been certified as a Green Roof Professional by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. As a founding member of the Georgia Perennial Plant Association in the mid-eighties, she began what has become a long-term fascination with plant communities, as well as an individual plant’s place in both the natural world and the cultivated landscape.

She has developed a particular interest in using ecological principles and proper plant selection to develop planting designs that can solve problems on challenging sites, such as storm water runoff, erosion, degraded soils, and extreme growing conditions.

Julie’s design work reflects the company’s natural style and its philosophy that gardens and landscapes can be both beautiful and environmentally responsible, which is mainly a matter of substantially reduced commitments of labor, water, and other resources.

KATHY JONES, our Office Manager, has been with The Fockele Garden Company since 2007. She coordinates, supervises, and executes all business office functions: accounts payable and receivable, inventory, payroll, licensing and certifications, insurance, and human resources. Kathy came with 30 years of office management experience- twenty of which were administrative. Additionally, Kathy has some experience in project management. This exposure, paired with her career in business administration, keeps our product delivery on track. Kathy’s professionalism keeps The Fockele Garden Company staff happy, and our clients confident.
JASON SPARKS oversees our installations. As Installation Department Manager, he is responsible for tracking our projects- meeting the budget and progress deadlines, and insuring that our quality goals are met or surpassed. Through careful project management, Jason develops excellent client relationships, promotes teamwork among our staff, and produces work that meets the high standards of The Fockele Garden Company. He has owned and operated companies that provided landscape services including stormwater handling, irrigation systems, low voltage lighting, heavy equipment operation, licensed pesticide application and landscape rehabilitation. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Turfgrass Management from North Georgia Technical College. Additionally, Jason has a background in wireless technology and knows how to use it to increase productivity.

Wick St. John,native perennial plant propagation,greenhouse,nurseries,Gainesville GAWICK ST. JOHN manages the nursery and purchases plants. Wick has an extensive background in landscaping and in managing a greenhouse. As a horticulturist, he monitors plant health in the landscapes we install and maintain. Wick stays abreast of available cultivars, and establishes and maintains relationships with vendors that can provide them. He is a Forest Resources graduate of UGA, has 17 years’ experience as the owner of a Landscape Construction Company, and has specialized in growing greenhouse crops for 6 years.

FELIX ROMERO, an installation crew leader, began his employment with us in 2010. He brought with him ten years of landscape industry experience. Now a veteran, his expertise, professionalism and communication skills make him an effective leader. Felix’ passion for his work is kindled through learning new skills. Our company, with its creative approach in designing unique garden elements and incorporating unusual plant material provides Felix with that opportunity to grow. Working in both commercial and residential settings, Felix applies The Fockele Garden Company’s standards of excellence to produce wonderful gardens.
Stephanie Gordon,erosion,storm water,drainage,marketing,photographySTEPHANIE GORDON, as part of the design team, contributes skills including drafting, illustration, digital graphics, and photography. She has a degree in Environmental Horticulture from Gwinnett Technical College, having specialized in landscape design and site analysis. Stephanie is a Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, and holds the Level 1A Certified Personnel designation by the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

stone mason fockele garden company retaining wallsALEJANDRO JIMENEZ is an installation crew leader and a skilled mason. He has worked for The Fockele Garden Company for four years. He trained and worked as a brick and stone mason in the construction industry for 10 years. His eye for balance and his skillful precision contribute to the excellence of not only the stone work in our gardens, but to footings and foundations, decorative pavers, and many other kinds of construction. Of his portfolio, Alejandro enjoys most creating patios, walls and fireplaces. His leadership and project management skills make him a resource for his crews. He trains his staff, teaching the techniques required to produce beautiful and durable stone work.

JOSE PEREZ is an installation crew leader with group leadership and communication skills that make him essential to the successful execution of our landscape projects. Jose has been with The Fockele Garden Company since 2012. His work in the landscape industry spans both maintenance and installation, allowing Jose to recognize our comprehensive project goals and to incorporate them into his product delivery. Jose excels in supervising our pond, stream and streambank restoration projects, and appreciates the effect of successfully mimicking nature in these kinds of projects.