Honest, Quality, Dependable.
I was born & raised on the family farm South-West of Barrie. My father was an organic farmer long before the term was coined. It is common sense to me that you must put back into the soil what was removed. It must be in a chemically available form.
After high school, I attended the Niagara Parks Commission, School of Horticulture. It is a small gardening school and still only graduated 12 students a year, and is nationally renowned. While at the school, a passion for high quality developed in me which has lasted since my graduation in 1979. I have always enjoyed hard work.
Bruce S. Evan Construction was my first employer. It is a very well respected landscape construction company. They have done many large landscaping jobs: The Metro Zoo, and Ontario Place to name a couple. When I started with them, it was landscaping Canada's Wonderland. I fit in well with the hard working and skilled crews.
Then, in 1984, I took the oppertunity to live in Japan and work for 5 months in Japanese Horticulture, and one month touring and photographing their world class gardens. It takes a lot for us to understand Japanese gardens, where less is better and colour is a distraction. They put a lot of work into subtle beauty. To the Japanese, gardens are a quiet, restful place. There again I enjoyed the hard work and quality workmanship.
Upon my return from Japan, I worked for several people like Timberline Nursery and Landscaping here in Barrie. At Timberline, I supervised the garden centre and landscaping crews.
It has always been a dream of mine to own my own high quality gardening business. It is my hope to produce gardens in Ontario - equal in quality and splendor of those I have photographed in England and Japan. Most of these gardens have developed over many years of skilled work.