Even though Punxsutawney Phil prognosticated six more weeks of winter, spring has sprung at the Dogwood Arts House and Garden Show this weekend in Knoxville, Tenn., and the theme this year seems to be wood.

The show not only has Mark Bowe, host of DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders, but also has landscape designers from Knoxville (including Carex Design Group) who are showing off wooden elements in their displays.

Wooden Fencing

In the Carex Design Group display, we teamed up with our friends at Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber to incorporate a backdrop of vintage barn wood that mimics a backyard privacy fence.

Wooden Fencing

Wooden Shelters

The folks over at The Lawn Butler (a Carex Design Group preferred landscaping contractor that often partners with us on landscape design and construction projects) were showing off a sample section of a wooden pergola with a metal roof.


Take a look at some of our recent projects to see pavilion-style wooden shelters or check out some of these projects to see examples of wooden pergolas. You can also read this blog post to learn about a variety of options (on any budget) for putting a roof over your outdoor areas.

Wooden Seating

We also loved these bench ideas from Petey’s Landscaping and Lawn Care and Pleasant Hill Nursery. Each had a unique take on how to build in some wooden elements into outdoor seating areas.

Wooden Bench

Wooden Bench

Want another idea for a wooden bench design? It’s in this blog post.

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Using Wooden Landscaping Material

Bob (my better half and Carex Design Group’s designer-in-chief) loves to incorporate a variety of materials into his landscape designs to add interest to outdoor spaces. Here are a few things to consider when using wood in your landscaping:

  1. Stay away from railroad ties. Although they can provide a nice rustic look, most are soaked with creosote, a nasty chemical that has carcinogenic properties.
  2. Consider using wooden materials in areas that won’t be exposed to as much wear and tear such as under a pavilion, on a screened-in or covered patio, or other sheltered area. This will help with the longevity of the wood.
  3. Remember to maintain your wooden elements by staining or sealing the material for added longevity.

Stop by the Dogwood Arts House and Garden Show February 3-5, 2017 at the Knoxville Convention Center, and come say hi to us in booth #3002.

Can’t make it to the show? Fill out our online contact form and we’ll come to you for a free consultation.