College Attended: Avila University
Degree: Bachelors of Science, Biology
Year Graduated from College: 1999
Hometown Area: Kansas City
Family / Interests / Hobbies: I am married to my wonderful wife Nicloe,we have 3 teen age children that keep us busy with different events. My wife and I like to attend various sport events, we are huge fans of the Royals, Chiefs and Sporting KC. If were not busy with the kids we can be found at the game or watching sports on TV. We also enjoy hiking and being outdoors.
My favorite thing about Landscaping / Designing / Outdoors: I love being outdoors and seeing the transition of a plane outdoor space into a beautiful outdoor living space that has interest through the seasons.
My Inspiration: I look to natural settings to see how plants layer from border plantings to understory flowering trees to larger shade trees with shade perennials and shrubs below the canopy of the larger shade trees in order to plan a landscape that is manicured but still feels natural and not forced.
Valuable design lesson: Listen to the customer, they usually know what they want in an outdoor space they just need someone to make their vision a reality. Even if the owner doesn’t know a lot about plants and planting styles if you listen and ask the right questions they will give you good insight as to what they are looking for and how they wish to use the outdoor space.
My ideal outdoor space: Would be a nice outdoor patio surrounded with lush landscaping to create an area to entertain guests or to just sit outside on a nice day, relax and watch the birds and animals in the yard.
What inspires me: I have always loved being outdoors, I remember going to my great grandparents as a kid, when we would arrive I was told that I have to say hello to everyone before I was allowed to go outside. I remember running through the front door saying hi to everyone and immediately running out the backdoor into the woods. My great grandmothers favorite story to tell was seeing me walking up to the house with 4 box turtles in my arms asking if I could take them home. My great grandfather always had a large garden that he would allow us to help I, my parents and both sets of grandparents also grew gardens with grandpa Gebauer having 5 acres of fruit trees along with 3 large gardens. I would go over and help him plant new trees, prune trees and pick the garden and fruit trees when ripe, I also liked to play in the pond and catch critters. Grandpa Gebauer had a green thumb and passed that along to me, he would send small house plants home with me to take care of. This gave me an appreciation for trees and the love of growing something from a small seed and with a little time, water and cultivation and love the trees and vegetables would grow into a full plant (he always said you have to talk to the plants, they grow better if you do). Growing up we would go all over the neighborhood mowing lawns, raking leaves, and trimming shrubs. In college my main focus was on native plants and animals of Missouri. I started at Rosehill Gardens in October of 2009 after graduating with a bachelors of Science in Biology. I have worked on all kinds of projects from large to small form design build to large pre planned commercial construction projects. Some of the larger more memorable projects that I have had the pleasure to be the project manager on are the Sprint Campus in Overland Park, Stowers Institute near the Plaza, Legends Shops, Arrowhead and Kauffman stadium renovations, Park Place in Leawood and this past year the completion of the new Cerner buildings at the old Bannister Mall site. I also do quite a bit of design build residential landscape projects across the city.
My favorite landscape style: My favorite style of landscape to design and install would be a more rustic native planting plan. I like to work in boulders native flowering trees, grasses and perennials. More formal designs are also a fun challenge, I like to design as is it were going in my own back yard and I am always questioning myself how would this look in 5-10 years. I like to design with hearty long lived plant varieties and try to take into account what it will look like when the trees are grown and the plantings are mature.