Welcome to Tilting Windmill Landscape Design

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Atlanta's Tilting Windmill Landscape Design specializes in residential and commercial landscape and garden design and installation. Our approach is to create the most perfect, custom landscape possible. We handle all phases - design, installation of plants and hardscape, construction of decks or other unique features, and even ongoing maintenance (maintenance is in a more limited service area). Every home is unique, and so every one of our gardens echoes and plays on the character of its home.    We're doing all we can to make Atlanta more beautiful, one landscape at a time. Our passion is the extraordinary.


Tilting Windmill Landscape Design offers the following services:


  • Landscape Design
  • Installation of plants
  • Construction of hardscape, including patios & decks
  • Ongoing Maintenance

Services

Atlanta's Tilting Windmill Landscape Design specializes in residential and commercial landscape and garden design and installation. Our approach is to create the most perfect, custom landscape possible. We handle all phases - design, installation of plants and hardscape, construction of decks or other unique features, and even ongoing maintenance (maintenance is in a more limited service area). Every home is unique, and so every one of our gardens echoes and plays on the character of its home.    We're doing all we can to make Atlanta more beautiful, one landscape at a time. Our passion is the extraordinary.


Tilting Windmill Landscape Design offers the following services:


  • Landscape Design
  • Installation of plants
  • Construction of hardscape, including patios & decks
  • Ongoing Maintenance

What's In a Name?

A frequent question we hear is, "Where did your name come from?" Tilting Windmill is a reference to Cervantes' Don Quixote. If you're familiar with that story, then you know Don Quixote was a man, who after reading too many heroic tales of chivalric knights, lost his mind and decided that he would become a knight errant. There is one scene wherein Don Quixote, riding through the Spanish countryside, comes across a group of windmills. Again, because he's gone mad, he does not see windmills, but rather sees a group of giants. He proceeds to charge the 'giants,' attacking them with his lance (tilting is another term for jousting), and much hilarity ensues in 17th-century-pratfall fashion.  As such, in our modern lexicon, the term 'tilting at windmills' has come to mean 'fighting imaginary enemies,' a definition which has never set well with me.  I've always preferred a more romantic definition. To me 'tilting at windmills' is the same as fighting an unwinnable battle. But are we not nobler for the fight?  The same is true for a garden. There is no way to 'win' a garden. A garden is never done. We are working with living things in a garden. Living things grow, they change form, and they die. So, while a garden is never done, there are moments in a garden when everything is harmonious and in balance. We strive for those perfect moments. And we are nobler for that pursuit.

What's In a Name?

A frequent question we hear is, "Where did your name come from?" Tilting Windmill is a reference to Cervantes' Don Quixote. If you're familiar with that story, then you know Don Quixote was a man, who after reading too many heroic tales of chivalric knights, lost his mind and decided that he would become a knight errant. There is one scene wherein Don Quixote, riding through the Spanish countryside, comes across a group of windmills. Again, because he's gone mad, he does not see windmills, but rather sees a group of giants. He proceeds to charge the 'giants,' attacking them with his lance (tilting is another term for jousting), and much hilarity ensues in 17th-century-pratfall fashion.  As such, in our modern lexicon, the term 'tilting at windmills' has come to mean 'fighting imaginary enemies,' a definition which has never set well with me.  I've always preferred a more romantic definition. To me 'tilting at windmills' is the same as fighting an unwinnable battle. But are we not nobler for the fight?  The same is true for a garden. There is no way to 'win' a garden. A garden is never done. We are working with living things in a garden. Living things grow, they change form, and they die. So, while a garden is never done, there are moments in a garden when everything is harmonious and in balance. We strive for those perfect moments. And we are nobler for that pursuit.

About the Owner

My name is John Critz, and I founded Tilting Windmill Landscape Design in 2012 because I've always been fascinated with plants and design, though it has not always been my career. I actually have an MBA and a Master's in Healthcare Administration. For years I ran cancer clinics, which was rewarding in its own right, but did not necessarily allow me to indulge my creative interests.  So, when the opportunity arose, I decided to change careers. I went back to school and studied Landscape Design at Gwinnett Tech, then proceeded to a Landscape Architecture program at Harvard in the Graduate School of Design. Upon returning from Cambridge, I went to work as a lowly intern at a well-known high-end landscape architecture firm. I soaked up as much design and operational knowledge as I could before I embarked on my own journey.   I love my job. I love working with people and helping them realize their dreams with creative solutions that are not only functional, but beautiful as well. Give me a call and let's see what Tilting Windmill can do for your landscape. 

About the Owner

My name is John Critz, and I founded Tilting Windmill Landscape Design in 2012 because I've always been fascinated with plants and design, though it has not always been my career. I actually have an MBA and a Master's in Healthcare Administration. For years I ran cancer clinics, which was rewarding in its own right, but did not necessarily allow me to indulge my creative interests.  So, when the opportunity arose, I decided to change careers. I went back to school and studied Landscape Design at Gwinnett Tech, then proceeded to a Landscape Architecture program at Harvard in the Graduate School of Design. Upon returning from Cambridge, I went to work as a lowly intern at a well-known high-end landscape architecture firm. I soaked up as much design and operational knowledge as I could before I embarked on my own journey.   I love my job. I love working with people and helping them realize their dreams with creative solutions that are not only functional, but beautiful as well. Give me a call and let's see what Tilting Windmill can do for your landscape. 

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Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: By appointment