2024 Southern Ground Outdoor Living Contest


Introducing Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ second annual SOUTHERN GROUND: The Pinnacle of  Outdoor Living Contest! From storybook gardens to grandiose estates, our awards recognize EXCEPTIONAL OUTDOOR SPACES in Atlanta, Georgia and second-home markets in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Florida. Landscape architects/designers, students/emerging professionals and specialty showrooms and artisans whose work and influence set them at the PINNACLE OF THEIR PROFESSION, will be featured.


  • Best Urban Oasis
    Projects situated in urban centers that enhance its city surroundings and solve for urban challenges by blending architectural elements with an artistic combination of plants and artisanal components, resulting in livable, beautiful outdoor spaces.
  • Estates of Grace: Distinctive Properties
    Properties infused with provenance, and designed to endure for generations, from farms and plantations to recreational pieces of property under residential ownership.
  • Best Formal/Classically Designed Landscape
    Clean, classic, formal landscapes and gardens defined by traditional elements, symmetry and balance.
  • Natural Extension of the Environment
    An attractive but productive landscape that works with the natural environment rather than against it, and preserves or protects natural resources and site integrity.
  • Most Innovative Feature(s)
    Showstopping elements make the difference between a good and great project. Share the shining moment of your most recent project with this category.
  • Student/Emerging Professional 
    Students and young professionals have the opportunity to submit projects and concepts for judging.
  • Commercial (Hospitality)
    Projects undertaken for commercial clients. Can be located in or outside the Atlanta market, but firm must be rooted in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina or Florida.

Winners of the stated categories will be featured prominently in the March 2024 issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. 

ENTRY DEADLINE: November 17, 2023.

Nomination Information:
Help Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles identify the most distinguished outdoor living spaces by submitting your nominations