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About Us

mark_reavesEstablished in 1993 by Founder and President Mark Reaves, Mark of Excellence focuses on high-end residential landscape design, installation, and maintenance.

Our philosphy looks at garden design as an extension of the home, where each outdoor room should reflect its own place, form and function in which to enjoy, stroll, relax or entertain.

Mark studied landscape architecture at University of Florida and has over 20 years of hands-on and personal experience with plants, site conditions and pruning expertise that ensures a long term successful design installation. Mark of Excellence is one of the few firms that specializes in hand horticultural pruning practices. This is important in promoting a healthy plant throughout, extending longevity, reducing maintenance requirements during a growing season and also enhancing a landscape’s overall design intent. Mark of Excellence has a full source of professional resources to ensure all customer service requests meet or exceed their expectations.

Mark of Excellence produces all of their own designs and personally sources all materials and plants. In 2008, Mark quickly realized that there was a huge shortage of unique and unusual plant material available in the nursery trade industry. To fill this gap, he led to the creation of Topiary Courtyard – A specialty nursery catering to the wholesale trade only. Topiary Courtyard concentrates on all price points of items unlikely seen at any other premium wholesale nursery, including premium maples, diverse boxwoods, show-stopping conifers and topiaries of all varieties.

This concept and strategy will and does make a landscape memorable, not only in Mark of Excellence designs but from a multitude of designers in metro Atlanta, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina markets. Topiary Courtyard specialty and accent plants can be viewed at www.topiarycourtyard.com. This is a wholesale nursery only – not open to the public.

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