John started his career while attending Trumbull High School, mowing lawns in the Long Hill section of Trumbull. At Trumbull High, John studied in the Vocational Agriculture Program, where he learned about horticulture and farming while raising pigs, turkeys and chickens.
In 1992, John graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ornamental Horticulture.
John is an accredited Connecticut Nursery Professional through the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association and completed the rigorous course in Organic Land Care by the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association.
John’s work was featured in Fine Gardening Magazine. The article shows how John hid an ugly concrete wall in a Trumbull, Connecticut, landscape design. It’s an honor to be featured in such respected publication.
This project was for one of our first clients and is a reminder of why people need landscaping. Landscape design is not about plants and materials, it is about the people who will enjoy the landscape.
This project has a special place in John’s heart. It is a great place to relax and all elements of the landscape work so well together – the patio design, the stair design, the landscape lighting, the material selections and the plant choices.
John lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut with his wife and inspiration Karyn, son Matthew and daughter Allison. His interests include restoring the family’s vintage 1820’s farmhouse, converting the property into an arboretum, gathering wood for and stoking the wood stove through the winter, and walks with his faithful companion Madison.
John has maintained the family property chemical free since the birth of his son Matthew in 2006. Yes, it can be done.
Many of the landscape designs in Newtown, Connecticut, featured on this website are within walking distance of John’s house.
All landscape and plant photographs in this website are from John’s personal collection.
Please view the video below for your personal tour of John’s Gardens in September of 2011.