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Fockele Garden Co. acquires KMA Gardens

The Fockele Garden Co. of Gainesville has acquired the accounts and assets of KMA Gardens, an Atlanta-based landscape design, build and maintain company.

Founded in 1995, KMA Gardens specializes in residential landscapes with a focus on environmental sustainability. KMA owner Kathy Montgomery will have an active role in the transition.

“Although KMA Garden’s customers will now be served under the umbrella of The Fockele Garden Co., Kathy’s expertise and creativity, and her intimate knowledge of her customers’ gardens, will all still be available to customers,” president Mark Fockele said. “The excellent care and personal attention they have come to expect will continue uninterrupted.”

“Customers will see some of the same faces working in their garden as well as a few new ones. Due to shared philosophies and values, and shared commitment to excellence, we expect that the staff of KMA Gardens and that of The Fockele Garden Company will integrate smoothly.”

The Fockele Garden Co. serves clients throughout the Southeast with maintenance and installation of commercial landscapes and residential gardens. For more information, call 770-532-7117 or visit

Hall Chamber to hold small-business seminar

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce will hold a Small Business Success Seminar from 7:45-9 a.m. on Tuesday at Lanier Tech’s Manufacturing Development Center, Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut St. in Gainesville.

The seminars is free for Chamber members, $15 for guests. For reservations, contact Jean McCullough at 770-532-6206,, or visit

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