From his early childhood, growing up in northern Virginia, Chris Spain loved the outdoors. In high school, he ran track, but some of the most important lessons he learned in his youth was when he was a Boy Scout.
In a large swath of the country, the coming of fall and winter means
that annual chores need to get done before the weather turns bitter.
Storm windows are put up, snow tires are put on, outdoor furniture is
covered or put away.
When he was just eight years old, Don Caroleo would go to his father’s wholesale nursery every day after school, and on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s hard to believe that the now 27-year-old has been in the wholesale landscape and nursery business for almost 20 years. “My dad wanted to make sure that I understood the value of money. He taught me to keep a level head,” said Caroleo.
When Lowell Kaufhold started his first year of college, he got a job installing sprinklers so that he could support himself. Though he could not have imagined it then, this was where he would spend his entire career—in the landscape industry. Kaufhold, now 57, says, “It’s the only industry I’ve ever been in.
Competition among landscape contractors can be fierce. During
the bidding process, every conceivable advantage is precious, especially
where time and cost of labor are concerned. Investments in machinery
that can save on both can make all the difference between securing and
losing a bid.
Women in Landscaping
Women have certainly come a long way in the business and
professional worlds. Our next U.S. president might even be a woman. Even
so, the green industry is still pretty much a testosterone-filled
milieu. Because women in prominent roles in our
business are still the exception, it’s good to hear their stories once
in awhile. Here are two.
Monday, September 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO
The captivating sounds, beauty and grandeur of ponds, water gardens and stand-alone water features in the landscape have intrigued us through the ages—all the way back to Ancient Greece. Today, it’s a steadily-growing niche within the green industry.
Dave Wesolowski grew up in Southern California, where his father was a
landscape contractor; he installed irrigation systems and did tree work.
"Before I started high school, I was cleaning trenches and setting
heads. I was always mechanically inclined enough to figure out how to
build irrigation systems. But it wasn't anything I wanted to do for for
the rest of my life. I really didn't want to go into the family
FOR 25 YEARS, JOHN FOSSUM, landscape designer at Wylie, Texas-based MLJ
Landscaping, has followed the same basic routine when drawing his plans.
He’d spend two to three days on the client’s property, taking
measurements to determine bedlines and the types and colors of the
plants to be used.
It's all about family. To most of us, it has always been about family. Many of us were fortunate to be born into families that gave us unconditional love, which we later passed along to our own families. Brian Smith was one of those lucky guys. Born into a blue-collar family, his father worked as a mechanic on a road crew, building roads in South Africa, so the family moved quite often.