Silver Creek Spotlight: North Carolina Homes & Lifestyles

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Friday, May 7, 2010

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Silver Creek Spotlight: Dargan Landscape Architects

In Silver Creek’s continuing effort to shine a light on the wide variety of special businesses and organizations that play a role in making the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau such an extraordinary place to call home, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce our readers to Dargan Landscape Architects.  This Atlanta, GA-based company was established in 1973 and has spent the past three decades building a strong following nationwide with their opulent designs and brilliant landscapes.  Featured in countless books and such well-known publications as Southern Accents and Better Homes & Gardens, Dargan’s designs have also been repeatedly recognized by the Mecca of home and garden aficionados – HGTV. At the helm of Dargan Landscape Architects – Hugh Dargan, ASLA and Mary Palmer Dargan, ASLA have recently released their beautiful, fully-illustrated book “Timeless Landscape Design: The Four-Part Master Plan”.  The book includes photographs of historic gardens that have inspired the talented duo, before- and after-photos of the authors’ award-winning work, and a walk through the garden of ideas – the development of a four-part master plan and the integration of art elements into the design for a timeless result, one that “pleases the eye, nourishes the soul and makes living easier.”  The Dargan’s book is available in hardcover and can be purchased online at

Renowned in the Carolinas for their recreations of 18th and 19th century English gardens in the historic city of Charleston (and Mary Palmer’s stint as garden editor of Charleston Magazine), Hugh and Mary Palmer are also beloved seasonal members of the Cashiers community. Mary Palmer currently sits on the Board of Cashier’s Village Green, and is an active member of the Cashiers Village Council. This summer, the Dargans will take part in the following events on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau:

July 8-11 – Timeless Landscape Design – Lecture and Book Signing: “Mountains in Bloom Festival” in Highlands, NC.  Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to mark your calendar and plan to attend this wonderful flower show which includes garden tours and lectures by some of the Southeast’s finest landscape designers and artists, including the Dargans. Sponsored by the Bascom Fine Art Museum. For more information about this magnificent event, visit

July 17-18 – Timeless Landscape Design – Lecture and Book Signing: “Arts on the Green” in Cashiers, NC. Silver Creek also encourages you to bring your picnic blankets and join us on the Village Green for the debut of this Plein Air & Performance Arts Festival in the mountains – sure to be a delight to the senses! Proceeds from the event benefit the Village Green. For more information, visit

If you’d like to follow Hugh and Mary Palmer Dargan’s lead and become part of this remarkable community high atop the mountains of North Carolina, call Silver Creek’s talented team of brokers at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at or fill out our online contact form.  We also invite you to visit our website at to peruse our listings or drop by our offices – conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers, near the Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. You’ll be amazed by who you might run into at the local farmer’s market!


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