matt-blashaw-hgtv-bob-graves-carex-design-groupAlthough it’s still not springtime in Knoxville, Tenn., we talked about plenty of warm-weather ideas with Knoxville homeowners (and HGTV celebrity landscaper Matt Blashaw!) at the 2016 Dogwood Arts House and Garden Show in downtown Knoxville this past weekend.

We chatted with countless Knoxville homeowners about paver patios, backyard water features, retaining walls, landscape lighting, plants and more in the Carex Design Group booth, which featured Belgard wall block and pavers, FX landscape lighting, a selection of some of our favorite plants, a reclaimed wood structure and metal pots for the perfect patio garden. Check out the video to see who stopped by:

For the reclaimed wood elements in our booth this year, we turned to our friends at Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber for the reclaimed posts we used, which came from an old building in downtown Knoxville. If you haven’t been down to the Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber shop on Central Ave., you’re missing out on some terrific woodworking.

One of our favorite products to showcase this year was FX Luminaire landscape lighting and the company’s Luxor ZDC transformer, which allows for 30,000 landscape lighting color options. Take a look at just a few of those colors below or read more about color-changing landscape lighting in this blog post: “More Landscape Lighting Products in Knoxville.”


In addition to the fun products and designs we got to show off during the event, we came across some great design tips and ideas from some of our friends in the industry.

Schip Laurel

WP_20160212_10_20_49_Pro__highres - CopyAt the Landscape Outfitters booth, we not only liked the use of contrasting elements such as the stone pavers paired with a wood and metal counter, but we also liked that these guys used one of our favorite plants: Schip Laurel. It’s a great evergreen plant that we use to cover unsightly objects in the yard, screen out neighbors or simply provide some needed green foliage in the winter months.

Reclaimed Wood

WP_20160212_10_16_22_Pro__highres - CopyOur friends at Petey’s Landscaping were on the same design page as we were this year with their use of reclaimed wood. Although wood elements are sometimes tough to maintain and don’t have the longevity that a paver patio might, using wood for a small deck like this one adds a soft look to any landscape design and can contrast well with harder elements such as metal planters or stone walkways.

Below the Surface

WP_20160212_10_24_16_Pro__highresThe folks at Acme Block and Brick always have a lot of paver and wall block products to showcase. This year, they also helped customers better understand what goes beneath a paver patio with this display that shows the stages of building base layers for a patio.

Gear Up for Spring

As you’re gearing up for spring, don’t forget to check out our “Spring Maintenance Checklist” and discover “5 Ways to Get a Head Start on Your Spring Landscape.” Or to talk with us about your next project — big or small — fill out our contact form for a free consultation or call 865-765-5550.