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Exterior Designs Redesigns St. George’s Episcopal School’s Commons

Exterior Design’s Beverly Katz used form and function to define areas of this commercial landscape. Separate conversation areas allow the students to gather and enjoy the outdoors, while providing them comfortable seating. The gardens throughout the landscape are defined by raised brick. Adding a raised edge is a sure way to keep pedestrians from unintentionally walking through the garden. Beverly also included an interactive play area with a life-size chess board. Large trees provide shade for the middle school students as they enjoy their outdoor time. Although the original intent for the space was primarily for student use, the St. George’s faculty finds themselves using the outdoor room more than expected. The beautiful garden has become the perfect spot for hosting meetings, lunches and parent/teacher conferences. As the landscape matures, the foliage will fill out and provide the perfect backdrop to this outdoor…

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Hardscaping, the foundation of a successful landscape

You have decided to create an outdoor space, now it is time to plan for your hardscaping needs. Hardscaping offers a plethora of appealing options whether you want a paved walkway or driveway or an elaborate outdoor living room. When planning the hardscape phase of your project, the entire landscape of the area must be a consideration. One would not build a house by building a room, then a year or two later, add another room. Your outdoor space has to be given the same consideration as you are designing your space.  You may want to start with a patio and a walkway, then your project could eventually include a pool, water feature or retainer wall.  The planning stage should include a professional consult to help you reach the current and future goals for your space. Next you will want to choose a…

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Pergolas & Arbors

Pergolas and arbors create an airy magnificent presence to any landscape, and a welcoming extension to your home. Below are some of the designs Exterior Designs has completed over the years.

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Exterior Designs on HGTV Gardens!

We are pleased to announce Exterior Designs has been featured on HGTV Gardens! Check out the post below… Original post at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/travel/home-court-yard-advantage-bring-the-big-easy-to-your-backyard

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Parkway Partners

Parkway Partners is a non-profit organization that empowers citizens to preserve, maintain and beautify greenspace in  New Orleans. As a licensed landscape contractor, horticulturist and longtime resident of New Orleans, Beverly Katz has served on the Board for Parkway Partners for many years. During this time she has donated several hours to beautifying New Orleans using her landscaping talents for the greater good. The organization was founded by citizen action in 1982 in response to massive budget cuts to the New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways. Parkway Partners began its work by adopting out neutral grounds to citizens for maintenance. Today it supports extensive programming throughout Orleans Parish, including: +45 community gardens/urban farms 11 public schoolyard gardens +11,500 trees planted since Hurricane Katrina +600 neutral grounds adopted Thousands of trees preserved through annual treatment and fertilization Development and restoration of…

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