Meet Our Landscape Design Team

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Meet our landscape design team

Marilyn Maas

Marilyn grew up on a working, organic farm in the Midwest, and had such a fondness for the land and plants that she became a member of the Future Farmers of America and built her own greenhouse. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts at Iowa State and spent many years as a graphic designer before building her career in landscape design. Marilyn’s talent and passion for art, design, and the environment have influenced the wide range of landscape projects she has designed—many multi-million dollar master plans, but also small urban rear yards. In 2013, she earned an Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) Gold Award for a “natural” estate.

Sandro Nandiko

As a boy, surrounded by German gardens and plantsmen, Sandro's love of plants came early and naturally. He was inspired to formally study horticulture by the beauty he saw in the gardens at Muskau Park, and received a Masters of Science in Horticulture from Freie Universität Berlin, one of Germany's leading research universities. For the past 13 years, Sandro has gained experience in landscape design and landscape construction management, bringing a wealth of plant and construction knowledge to our landscape design process.

Tim Clough

Tim is a leader in the industry, thanks to his work as a landscape architect and his years of design-build experience. While practicing his craft, he also taught landscape architecture for several years at Kansas State University. You can trust him with any size project, from small planting designs to sophisticated, engineered water systems.

Heather Lough

As a girl, Heather had dreams of being an architect—only to realize that our world is already built up, and that urban sprawl has gone too far. She merged her love of design with her interest in gardening, finding a new sense of responsibility for the environment. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture with an emphasis in Landscape Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has dedicated her career to helping clients reclaim the outdoors.

David McKinney

David McKinney is our newest landscape design team member and comes to us with decades of landscape design and project management experience under his belt.

As a registered landscape architect with a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Arizona, Dave’s projects range from large scale commercial to small and large residential projects. Heather, our design consultant, refers to him as the King of Quality Control because of his amazing attention to detail.

What’s most rewarding for Dave is the strong relationships he develops with his clients, learning about their vision and trying to exceed their expectations.

Dave’s rapport with clients, his strong design sense and attention to detail make him an ideal partner in your landscape design or installation project.


We are committed to creating a brighter future through sustainable landscape design and lawn care—starting with you.

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