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Our mission at Gardens by Mardi is to create beautiful, high-end outdoor spaces for homeowners in Asheville, North Carolina, by designing master plans that inspire moments of solitude, allow family and friends to connect with nature, and create community.


Mardi Dover
Principal & Garden Designer


What feels like home: 

In my picnic basket:

Favorite writing utensil:

Bad habit I managed to break:

Graduate with Merit, Oxford College of Garden Design, England.

CPP (NC Certified Plant Professional)

Former NC Licensed Landscape Contractor

BA in Art History, Davidson College

MSW (Master of Social Work), UNC-CH

Nature, beauty, movement

My grandmother’s tablecloth, linen napkins, fresh bread, MyThreeSons Pimento cheese, Manchego, olives, pickled okra, fresh and dried fruit, flowers, Gundlach Bundschu Merlot. Vintage English basket.

Pentel mechanical drafting pencil 0.5mm

Signing up for adventures just to impress my children.


Sarah Davis

Landscape Architect


RLA Registered Landscape Architect in the state of North Carolina, which means I passed 4 exams about all parts of landscape architecture (on the first try!) and got a fancy stamp in the mail to put on official drawings.

Where to eat in Asheville:

Gan-Shan West. Rice bowl with fried tofu and extra broccoli every time.  

How I play:

Mountain biking with friends and jumping off docks into lakes and ponds.

Favorite botanical name:

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, aka Dawn Redwood

Why I'm a landscape architect:

It combined my love of the environment, being outside and art perfectly…without requiring college calculus. 


Award-winning Member,

Association of Professional Landscape Designers

NC Certified Plant Professional

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