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Speed Date a Landscaper

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Looking for innovative, creative options for a problem area, or inspiring ideas to enhance your yard? This is the class you’ve been waiting for! Prior to class, you'll prepare your home base plan. Then bring your plan along to meet individually for 30 minutes with up to 4 different designers. The more complete your home base plan is, the more the designers will be able to assist you, so be sure to download the instructions and complete it before class.

Cost: GBBG Members: $7 per 30 minute session; Non-Members: $14 per 30 minute session.

Choose your landscapers. Browse the various bios of the landscapers below and decide which ones would you like to meet with. Each landscaper has four 30 minute sessions available: 9:30, 10, 10:30. and 11 am. Participants can register for up to 4 different slots with 4 different landscapers or as litle as 1 slot with 1 landscaper. To sign up for sessions, contact Sharon Vaughan at (920) 491-3691 ext. 114 or svaughan@gbbg.org. Sessions are available on a first come, first serve basis.  

Gerry Andrews - Landscape Associates
Bio: Gerald founded Landscape Associates in 1990. Landscape Associates is regarded as one of the best landscape company in Northeast Wisconsin. Gerald has a degree in Horticulture and 35 years of experience in Landscape design and maintenance. Gerald participates in the design and supervises the landscape construction department. Gerald currently serves on the Neenah Plan Commission, Landmarks Commission and is currently President of the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association. He is also a volunteer at the Green Bay Botanical Garden. Gerald is repeatedly sought to teach courses and lead seminars at FVTC, UW-Madison, NWTC career centers and industry associations throughout Wisconsin.

Nick Balliet, Landscape Designer - Schmalz Landscaping & Garden Center 
Specialties: Hardscape Solutions, Planting Design
Bio: Bringing a background that includes both working at a multitude of nurseries and serving as an active participant in running his family’s tree farm, Nick has been at Schmalz Custom Landscaping for five years. He relies on his experience and love of the outdoors to create exceptional designs that enhance the beauty of the landscape while catering to the individual needs and desires of his clients. His particular areas of interest are generating hardscape solutions with a variety of materials and construction techniques, and, creating elaborate planting designs through an extensive knowledge of plants.  Nick earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Etta De Lair - Donnie Macs Landscaping
Etta began her career with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Science from Florida Southern College. After graduating from college, she spent time in Beaufort South Carolina before returning  with her family to her hometown of Green Bay in 2004. Her professional career history consists of extensive experience in all areas of landscaping including Design, Project Management, and Project Estimating with a specialty in residential projects and large scale, high end commercial projects. Though her passion is designing low maintenance landscapes using high impact plants, she also enjoys working with clients to create outdoor living spaces that include the latest in hardscaping products and outdoor living ideas. She has a strong background in 2-D & 3-D computer assisted full-color drawings with abilities in hand drawn design work. These skills have allowed her to provide award-winning, accurate, creative and life-like visual presentations to her clients. Her goal is to create a design that meets her clients’ needs, style and personality while making it functional for years to come. 

Christine Kosiorek – Vande Hey Company
Bio: For the past fourteen years, Christine Kosiorek has been designing landscapes. Her inspiration started during her educational years at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. Through her horticultural studies, Christine gained an appreciation for woody ornamentals and herbaceous perennials. In her agricultural engineering classes, she gained an understanding of surveying, landscape construction and computer drafting. She also had the opportunity to apply these skills during her summers as a landscape laborer. Upon graduation, Christine joined the landscape design team at the Vande Hey Company, Inc. Here she applied her horticulture and agricultural engineering skills to developing her landscape design skills. She has moved from designing small scale planting beds to developing complex drainage plans and retaining wall systems, designing master plans for high profile homes and creating intricate design patterns in patios through the use of paver quilting. She has strong site surveying skills and has enjoyed finding plant combinations that work for the different site conditions that each project offers. Christine acquired her landscape architecture license with the state of Wisconsin in 2011. She has designed landscapes that offer the opportunity to use three-dimensional computer aided drafting. Most recently, Christine has enjoyed designing backyard spaces that accentuate the existing site features to create a harmonious and tranquil environment where the homeowners can relax and entertain. When out of the office, Christine volunteers at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. As a nature enthusiast, she partakes in activities ranging from vegetable gardening to playing outdoor recreational sports with friends and family to hiking in the state and national park systems, where she finds natural inspiration for her landscape designs.

John Lecker -  Landscape Associates
John has been working in the landscaping profession for over 30 years in the field of construction, supervision and landscape design. For the last 25 years John has been designing in Northeast Wisconsin with extensive experience covering planting, hardscape and garden structures, water features and retaining walls. As a designer for Landscape Associates for the last 6 years, John has worked on all size projects with a special emphasis on quality residential projects. John continues to expand his design portfolio with CAD designs, color rendering and 3D modeling. With his hands on approach, John is involved in all aspects with his clients, from concept/design to material/plant selection and construction supervision. In his free time John is caring for his own personal landscape and has an extensive perennial collection, He also enjoys touring regional gardens and parks.

Mike Mathwig – Donnie Macs Landscaping
Michael began his career working in the field of landscaping as a summer job while attending college for architecture. He has worked in the industry for 18 years as an installer/foreman/designer, responsible for leading the installation of the owner’s landscape projects. Throughout his college path he realized he wanted to make landscaping his career of choice. He obtained a landscape horticulture degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2002, and in 2003 started working for my current employer, Donnie Mac’s Landscaping. Working in the field, he specialized in hardscape installation (retaining walls, patios, etc.) which helped with his transition to a designer for Donnie Mac’s Landscaping. He has over 10 years experience in advanced 2-D and 3-D computer assisted full color drawings with abilities in hand drawn design work. These skills have allowed him to provide accurate, creative and award winning projects for my clients. His passion is to help create a unique landscape paradise that the owner will cherish for years to come.

Nick Meissner, CLT, Meissner Landscape Inc.
 Nick graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design & and a minor in business management. He has been working at Meissner Landscape since he was old enough to pull weeds and has grown up with the business. He has experience with installing, managing and designing projects of varying scopes. He also has experience with site development, low maintenance landscapes, outdoor living spaces, contemporary/modern landscapes, shade gardens, rock gardens, formal gardens, water features and other various hardscape items. He also has extensive knowledge and experience with outdoor landscape lighting.

To sign up for sessions, contact Sharon Vaughan at (920) 491-3691 ext. 114 or svaughan@gbbg.org. Sessions are available on a first come, first serve basis.  



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