Somerset, KY (US) - Rock Castles Landscaping

by Max Phelps
(Somerset, KY, USA)

Max Phelps

Max Phelps

Max Phelps
pawpaws, courtesy England's Orchards
Radford project

Rock Castles Landscaping was founded in 1999 by Max Phelps, a native of Somerset, Kentucky. Rock Castles was started while Max was living in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Since then, he also expanded into North Carolina (and tried unsuccessfully to have a seasonal winter waterfall venture in Florida).

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For the very best in water features, and careful conscientious work on various landscaping projects, you won't beat Rock Castles. We are a small company, so we can't possibly serve everyone, but if you want the owner on the job getting his hands dirty and seeing that everything is installed according to what was promised, you'll be happy you called Max Phelps to design and build your project. Max is the waterfall expert. We build them right the first time. We can't be everywhere solving problems--but if we build them right, there are seldom any problems to solve. Except cleaning leaves from ponds or pruning shrubs and those sort of chores all landscaping eventually needs.

Our typical customer will be 50 to 70 years old, but we've served newlyweds and at least one in their 90's. We have letters of recommendation, testimonials, a blog on our website ( and a column in more than one publication entitled "Yards to Paradise" covering many landscaping topics. (Send us a request if you'd like to be on our email list:

We added edible landscaping as a specialty in 2010 due to requests we received, particularly in Berea, Kentucky. We've done front yard landscapes entirely of edible trees, shrubs, plants...but more often, we work a few things that can be eaten into each design we do (for many things such as blueberries or serviceberries are definitely worthy as landscape plants even if there was no fruit).

As the uncertainty continues to grow as to whether future generations will enjoy the bounty of recent generations, we certainly encourage homeowners to grow some of what they eat, like my family did when I was a child. Edibles can be done with an orchard or a permaculture install--but they can also be a substantial part of a traditional lovely looking landscape.

We know what grows and what doesn't (in USDA zones 5-8) and we plant and things live, not wasting precious years waiting on success with the edibles.

Max wrote a lengthy article for Pond Trade magazine in 2015 on landscaping exclusively with edibles in and around a water garden.

We not only serve Somerset, London, Corbin, Berea, Richmond, Lexington, Nicholasville, Danville, Stanford, Mt.Vernon and other towns in Kentucky, we still travel out of state from time to time for a consultation, or a design and installation.

Thanks for reading our post. If we may help you, email or call, we happily answer questions by email, but can't always answer the phone promptly as we do not generally have secretarial help. God bless you, and God Bless America. Thank you. Max

Rock Castles Landscaping

PO Box 11, Somerset, KY 42502

(606) 416-3911 or (859) 684-0642

Business Hours: By Appointment Only

Contact Person: Max Phelps

LinkedIn, Houzz, Merchant Circle are places you can find us on social media.

We specialize and excel in waterfalls, etc., and edible landscaping. We are a design build company. We landscape new construction, plus tear out and re-do older homes. Stone walls, patios and walks. We do consultations, we write a column called "Yards to Paradise" on various topics...for 15 years running twice per month in the Mt.Vernon (KY) Signal.

Been in business 16 years.

We do both organic and conventional landscaping.

Farming, beekeeping and gardening were things we did before beginning a landscaping business in 1999.

Founder received the Outstanding Senior Award from University of the Cumberlands in 1978. Won "Most Natural Looking Stream and Waterfalls" award in Atlanta in 2010 competing against numerous other professionals.

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