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Magnificent shapes and color at Metro Maples

Part of designing, installing and maintaining any garden is knowing where to go for quality plant material. This is particularly true of Japanese gardens.

At the beginning of our trip, we were thrilled to find Bill Hudgins’ Lush Life Home and Garden in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia. Hudgins is known for the 200-plus varieties of maples he’s collected.

At the mid-point of our journey in Fort Worth, I was quite literally jumping up and down and clapping my hands at the variety I saw when Bill and I drove in to Metro Maples on South Dick Price Road.

There are more than 15,000 maples from which to choose — more than 100 varieties of Japanese and Shantung maples including several patented varieties such as Acer truncatum ‘Fire Dragon’ — in sizes ranging from one-gallon pots up to 45-gallon pots.

Variety and abundance were the words of the day at Metro Maples in Fort Worth.
(photo by Bill F. Eger)

(photo by Bill F. Eger)

a weeping variety
(photo by Bill F. Eger)

Self-described “owner, grafter, salesman, yard man, hose dragger, web updater, bookkeeper” Keith Johansson has been seriously collecting maples, azaleas and rhododendrons in hot climates for 27 years. Jeri Bisel, his wife, and Scott Hubbel, the intern who came for two weeks in 2007 and stayed, round out the full-time crew at Metro Maples. All were on hand the day we visited.

I truly appreciate Keith’s attitude, perhaps best summed up with this remark: ” When walking through the garden, no king ever had it better.”

Scott Hubbel, Keith Johansson, and Jeri Bisel pose near sample plantings around a koi pond, the water from which is used for irrigation.

The company maintains an excellent, informative web site:

Metro Maples does not ship. The nursery is open to the public from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Monday through Friday, appointments must be made.

entry sign
(photo by
Bill F. Eger)

the driveway that set me dancing

Keith is the current president of the Maple Society, North America Branch. The fifth international maple symposium plus post-conference tours will be held in Seattle and Portland in October. The conference is October 19-21 and the tour October 22-24. For more information, go to the web site of the Maple Society:

All photos in this blog that are not credited to others are by K.T. Cannon-Eger. Click on any image to see it full size.

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at last! a computer connection and Lush Life Home and Garden photos are available

Japanese Sunrise is one of many maples offered by the garden division of Lush Life on Andrews Avenue in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.

We learned the other day in Atlanta that our iPad would not support upload of photos to this blog. Aaack! And the Dell PC suddenly decided it could receive e-mail but not send any replies. Double Aaack! So here we are in Fayette Alabama outside Birmingham with some things working again. Must be the company of long-time good friends.

Here are a few photos of our visit to Lush Life Home and Garden at 146 Andrews in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, not too far from where we stayed at the Grand Hyatt in order to see Takeo Uesugi’s garden there.

The boutique offers “sophisticated and stylish decor for inside and outside the home” and a fabulous selection of plants perfect for Japanese gardens including many unusual maples.

Check out their web site at:

Lush Life entry

In the Buckhead area of Atlanta, we visited a garden and floral shop, Lush Life. The abundant nursery compliments the delightfully appointed showroom. The owner’s personal garden was part of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s tour over the Mother’s Day weekend. Bill Hudgins was traveling in London for the Chelsea Flower Show. His personnel were most helpful.

There was something to see and admire at every turn through the well appointed shop, Lush Life on Andrews in Atlanta’s Buckhead area.

The terraced back yard behind the shop offers a variety of indoor and outdoor plants, jardiniere, garden ornaments and trellises.

parking and demonstration plantings in front of Lush Life in Atlanta — store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

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