Award-Winning Backyard Makeovers

This year’s Urban Ag Council’s Georgia Landscape Awards (GALA) winners showed up and showed out. From beautiful before-and-after transformations to gorgeous garden redos, creative hardscapes and more, these Atlanta-area landscape designers inspire us to go bigger and better in our outdoor spaces.

Backyard with layered landscape design

2024 Silver Award Design/Build/Installation Residential under $50,000

HP Dutra

A layered landscape design that uses plants and hardscapes to add dimension and make a large space feel more useful.

Pro Tip: Use jute mesh and a variety of plantings to stabilize a steep slope and mitigate runoff from your seating areas.


Backyard with firepit and seating areas.

2024 Silver Award Design/Build/Installation over $150,000

Chatham Landscape Services

A new backyard flow connecting a revamped basement-level entertaining space to the kitchen and house.

Slatted wood screen wall

Pro Tip: The slatted wood wall helps hide HVAC units and creates a more usable, visually pleasing space to entertain in


Park-like backyard

2024 Silver Award Landscape Management Residential

Ed Castro Landscape

An undeveloped 2.8-acre lot transformed into a park-like green space with an orchard, trails, decorative stone and concrete bridges, steps and meadows.

Pro Tip: Precision in grooming around the stone walkway enhances the charm of the surroundings, while planting native plants can help battle erosion overtime.


3 containers showing various container garden options

Contained in Georgia

When you’re in a design pinch, a container garden offers a pop of color and dimension that can accent any outdoor space. Here are our top picks from UAC GALA winners.

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