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Best of Big D: Outdoors at Home

The services and accessories you need for great yards.
photography by Chris Pravidal

Best Yard Care Company

Southern Botanical

You might remember the trenching of the DMA’s front yard that went down
last year at the Art Ball. Turns out, no matter how good the cause, how
manicured the grounds are, and how well-heeled the feet, heavy rains
mixed with heavy foot traffic do not mix. So after the party was over,
the good folks at Southern Botanical stepped in and volunteered to
resurrect the landscaping. Not only was it a good deed, it was also an
effective one. The place looks good as new!

Readers’ Pick: Southern Botanical


Best Landscape Design Company

David Rolston Landscape Architects

If you want azaleas, don’t bother calling David Rolston. It’s not that the noted landscape designer doesn’t dabble in the traditional. But what we love best about his impressive portfolio is the simplicity of his work. Structured spaces and clean lines give way to free-flowing, asymmetrical beds. He relies heavily on native plantings that can withstand brutal Texas summers and require less water. His designs include pathways and points of interest that invite visitors to linger. Other local designers can create typical Dallas gardens that scream “wow.” But no one captures serenity like Rolston. His wow is a lovely whisper.

Readers’ Pick: Bonick Landscaping

Best Garden Shop
North Haven Gardens

Thanks to a staff well-versed in all things flora, this horticulture paradise is the go-to spot for garden wonks and those lacking green thumbs alike. Pair the know-how with North Haven’s staggering array of plants on offer, and it’s easy to see why the horticulture hot spot has made it to the top of our list two years running.

Readers’ Pick: Nicholson-Hardie

Best Shop for Outdoor Furniture and Accessories
Big Mango Trading Company

When in search of something to give your backyard the wow factor, this Design District wonderland is the place to hit. The minute you walk across the gravel courtyard, you’ll abandon any thought of ho-hum patio sets and subtle fountains and marvel at how you ever lived without one of Big Mango’s ancient petrified wood tables or massive stone sculptures. And don’t sweat spotting your find in a neighbor’s yard. The owners’ frequent buying trips to Indonesia and relationships with international artisans and craftspeople ensure you’ll always nab a one-of-a-kind treasure.

Readers’ Pick: Jacksons Home & Garden