Founded in 1999, Alex Smith Garden Design, Ltd. has designed and implemented notable gardens and landscapes in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Alex Smith Garden Design, Ltd. prides itself on creating engaging environments that are sustainable, appropriate to place, responsive to architecture, and most importantly, that exceed client expectations. Combined with his passion for plants, artistic sensibilities, and an eye for detail, Alex is known for delivering distinctive solutions for his clients. His signature landscapes evoke a sense of unforced grace and cohesion. Alex’s projects have been featured in Southern Living, Coastal Living, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Atlanta Style and Design, Atlanta Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Flower Magazine, Macon Magazine, and Trends. His work is also featured in Veranda: The Art of Outdoor Living and Inspired by Tradition: The Architecture of Norman Davenport Askins, and in Summerour: Architecture of Permanence, Scale, and Proportion. Twice his work has been the subject of the long-running PBS gardening show, GardenSMART.
From the mountain and lake regions of the Carolinas to the low country of Coastal Georgia and Florida and the rugged Ozark Mountains, Alex has worked on diverse projects in eleven states. Such projects span formal estate gardens, public parks, historic garden restoration, new construction landscapes, and home garden renovation. In each locale, Alex Smith Garden Design, Ltd. applies the same design rigor to plant and materials selection and sensitivity to place. For the last five years, Alex has lead the landscape design and implementation efforts at a major resort property and golf course in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. Recently, he was commissioned to design the Olga Goizueta Memorial Garden at the Atlanta History Center and an exhibition garden in the Levy parterre at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Alex graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in Landscape Design. He began his career as a lead designer under renowned garden designer, Ryan Gainey. During his eight years working with Ryan, Alex was an integral part of creating diverse landscapes throughout the eastern United States. Alex also spent two summers in the Cotswolds of England working under the tutelage of famed British garden designer Rosemary Verey. He later returned to England to collaborate on a project with Mrs. Verey for a commission in the United States.
Alex is a founding member of the Southeastern Horticultural Society and served on its Board of Directors for 12 years. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Classical Architecture, Southeast Chapter. Alex currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cherokee Garden Library and is a member of the American Horticultural Society. He is a native of Macon, Georgia. In his free time he enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing, golf, and following Georgia Bulldogs football. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Dunwoody, Georgia.