Our Crews and Landscape Services
Unbeatable Customer Service:
Our crews in the landscaping, garden maintaining and horticultural services divisions fill a variety of job descriptions and services. From Eastern New Jersey, through Easton, Bethlehem and Allentown, to the outer perimeter of the greater Lehigh Valley the crews are professionally trained and experienced in their horticultural responsibilities. The quality of work and careful attention to detail is demonstrated in the many galleries of landscape before and after photos found on other pages of this site. There are three distinct areas in which they may be providing service for you:
We provide many different types of garden services for anyone interested in having their property professionally detailed or totally maintained. The crews prune, dead-head spent flowers, weed, control pests and diseases, apply fertilizers and herbicides, and generally detail gardens up to the level of individual attention required by each account. In the spring, the "hort" crews cut back, clean up, remulch, edge, remove debris and prepare gardens for the start of the growing season. In the fall, they put our collection of gardens to bed. These maintenance services have become a major part of customer service growth and attention-to-detail. The garden service teams are available for hire for special events, spring cut backs, fall cleanups, or any level of regular of regularly scheduled maintenance calls. They can be hired for a specific number of hours that would allow for a triage of care. Or they can be hired for a complete garden project. Call us for rates and specific estimates. We are always accepting new work.
All of the landscaping plans designed by Garden Design are installed by our group of trained landscape installation teams. These crews are responsible for the removal of sod, improvement of all planting spaces, soil conditioning, planting, ponds, walls, hardscape, mulching and cleanup. They install patios, paths, walls, and any kind of hardscape that is designed. They also install our low voltage lighting designs and the irrigation systems in our garden designs.
Unique Nursery Stock
All of the plants used by Garden Design come from our own nursery. We maintain our hard-to-find species from when they arrive by the trailer-load in spring from growers across the United States. Our goal is to use the best and the newest material available in the industry.
The Crew Members:
Our key field employees have worked in the green industry throughout their careers. They have earned recognition for their industry and education. We respect the effort that they give to their jobs and our clients.
Dan Kameen, Field Operations Supervisor.
Dan has been working for the horticultural industry for over 15 years. He has concentrated most of his time outside in the field installing gardens as part of his commitment to bringing nature to his clients and their lifestyles. He began with installations and nursery management before spending his college years at Keystone College where he studied Landscape Architecture. He now takes great pride in supervising the installation of award winning garden designs, water features, low voltage lighting systems and irrigation systems.
Jim Perna, PCH, serves as our Horticultural Services Director.
He has been with us since 2000 and received the coveted Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist in 2005. He received his Certified Pesticide Applicators License in 2000. This multi-talented professional gardener continues his education on a regular basis with Extension service pest walks, seminars and the annual Penn State/PLNA Winter Conference. He has taken a hands-on pruning course at Rutgers University. At home, his garden has received National Wildlife Federation Certification as a wildlife backyard habitat. In his greenhouse, he starts a lot of his own plants from cuttings or seeds. He is an active "Ponder." Ask him about his Koi. He grows an extensive crop of summer fruits and vegetables. Ask him about his pesto.
Ann Kemmerer is a Field Supervisor in our garden maintenance and horticultural services division.
Ann has been a member of the Horticultural Services team since 2006 and a leader in the field for the last three seasons. Previously, Ann worked for Deco Plant Company in Dallas Texas-a hydroponics company that installed plants indoors. She has worked in a number of gardens for herself and her friends. As she answered the question about why she likes working at Garden Design, she said: "The whole nature thing is what I enjoy most. I'm happiest just playing in the dirt!" We all share her enthusiasm and fun spirit.