Backyard Zen Garden

Recently, Joe Hertzler spoke with Kathy Van Mullekom at the Daily Press about a backyard zen garden he designed for clients in Williamsburg. Here’s what he had to say:

The area was a completely neglected part of the yard. Nobody ever went there, except occasionally to knock down weeds. The problem was that it was visible from the back deck and from an upstairs window. The clients wanted to enhance those views and create a reason to wander through the area. Plus the owner, being the fabulous gardener she is, wanted yet another place to work her magic with plants.

The design started with two goals: pathways and a focal point. Without paths, the garden is simply a place to view from a distance. With a path, the garden becomes animated; guests are enticed through it. You know the feeling. When you see a path, you have to walk it! The garden was already spectacular from a horticultural point of view; adding paths allowed people to get up close and personal with the amazing diversity of plants.

We then started looking at what might be the focal point. We wanted something exciting enough to be worth the trip, yet relaxing and meditative. We knew we wanted some type of water feature. If I could, I would convince everyone to have water in their garden. There is nothing like it. Water attracts like a magnet.

I’m not sure how the idea for a Zen garden came about, but when it surfaced it was an instant hit. A principle of Zen is finding order in chaos, and as we designed and built the garden, we struggled with the many lines that seem to fly every which way. What we found as we worked through the project is an underlying mathematical order that organizes the space and draws it together. The end result is a garden that is energetic, yet tranquil.

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Bed Transformation!

Once again I am very pleased with the excellent work H&G did on my property.  They turned a section of my ugly front yard with invasive Bermuda grass into a beautiful and simple flower bed with mulch and many small bushes.  This striking transformation adds greatly to the house’s curb appeal.  I look forward to them coming back out this fall and replacing the rest of the front yard with sod and removing all the undesirable Bermuda grass.  Brian was easy and pleasant to work and plan with.  He always responded to my questions immediately.  Jon and his crew were likewise very nice, efficient, and perfectionists in planting my new yard.  Many thanks and accolades to H&G once again!

Sandy Hall

So thankful to be a customer!

when i returned to williamsburg in 2022, it was a real challenge to find a company willing to take on “yet one more customer” – i was ignored and turned down by others… but hertzler and george came to my rescue and i could not be happier – wonderful staff, professional and so friendly, i completely trust them to service my yard!  merry christmas and happy new year to everyone and H&G!


Drainage Help

I would like to let you know how happy we are with the service we received recently.
We had a drainage issue in our yard and did some research, learned your company was highly recommended and decided to see what your company could do.
From the first contact, we had a great experience as the lady that answered the phone was very nice. She put us in contact with Brian Kemp who we also liked from the start, and we made an appt for him to come and take a look. He was right on time, very thorough, and just a very nice fella who we both liked right away and had confidence in. We really liked how he gave us options and listened to what we wanted. We scheduled the work, it was done right on time, and it looks great! Brian was even nice enough to do a video walk through for us afterwards as we weren’t in town. Just great service from start to finish! Thank you Brian

We will definitely be back with more projects in the future.

T.M. - Ford's Colony

Thank You

Just a short note to thank you for all the help you gave us with our garden this year. Jonathon again did a wonderful job doing the bed detailing this summer, as did the mulching crew in the spring. I don’t know the name of the woman who supervised the mulching crew, but I want to let you know how professional she was. In fact, the entire crew was pleasant to work with, especially to experience the care that they took with their work.

Thanks also for being so flexible with the changes we requested for our mowing schedule.

E.L. - Ford's Colony

Always Helpful

Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!