Great Oaks Landscape is Michigan’s premier design-build landscape company, offering high-end design, flawless installation and impeccable maintenance. We have the largest, most experienced, versatile staff of landscape architects, designers, horticulturalists and installation experts in the industry.

Great Oaks Landscape has raised the bar for luxuriously landscaped properties. Commercial and residential projects alike benefit from our ability to envision both the grand design and the smallest detail. From conception and design to installation and year-round maintenance, we are uniquely capable of delivering sophisticated results. Great Oaks Landscape continues to excel because of a shared commitment to a single idea: creating the most breathtaking outdoor spaces imaginable.


At Great Oaks Landscape, our passion for what we do drives us to become the best. We believe in a core set of values that have differentiated us from other design-build landscape firms. We believe in attention to detail, unrivaled customer service, and efficiency. Our goal is to not only create the most visually pleasing and innovative designs, but to create a landscape that exceeds your greatest expectations.

Most importantly we believe in open and proactive communication. We are here to help and educate you/our customers through the landscape process. We strive for the highest standards of professionalism – knowledgeable staff, impeccable design, and attention to every detail of installation. Our goal is to leave the customer saying “wow.”

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"After 25 years of doing business and countless jobs done, I’ve never been left less that totally satisfied. 
Gary and Great Oaks have always gone above and beyond to make me and my customers proud to be the subject of your wisdom and experience."
- Richard Cherkasky, The Richard Group, Franklin, Michigan

“When driving down a street in the nicer Detroit neighborhoods, and you see a home that distinguishes itself with extraordinary landscaping, the likelihood is that it was done by Gary Roberts. I am a real estate developer and have been using the services of landscapers for dozens of projects over 30 years, and Gary’s work is by far the best. He’s done every home I’ve lived in, and will do all of them in the future.”
- Peter Burton, Burton-Katzman Co., Bingham Farms, Michigan

“We have worked with Great Oaks Landscaping for the past twenty five years. The company has been a key player on our development team and one of our most trusted contractors. Great Oaks has provided us with both exceptional design work as well as high quality construction and maintenance services. We would highly recommend Great Oaks.”
- Andy Milia, Franklin Property Corporation, Birmingham, Michigan

“I have done business with Gary Roberts of Great Oaks Landscape for almost 40 years. I like their creativity and the added value they bring to a development in general.”
- Arie Leibovitz, Ari-El Enterprises, Inc., Southfield, MI

“I have known Gary Roberts for more than 30 years. I originally met him when he was with the company that did my home. That job, and the many jobs that he did himself after leaving that company and forming Great Oaks were all superb, and I won many awards for landscaping in those projects. The three that I’m most proud of are Pembroke Park on Walnut Lake and Orchard Lake, Greenpointe Condominiums on Maple, west of Halsted, and Crosswinds West on 9 Mile, west of Haggerty. If I was to build another project, I wouldn’t think of going to anybody besides Great Oaks, and Gary Roberts.”
- Bernie Glieberman, Homeowner, West Bloomfield, Michigan

“It was such a pleasure working with Great Oaks Landscape. The eye for design and the quality of the landscape material are unparalleled.”
- Sami J. Harb, The Windmill Group, Farmington Hills, MI

"We enjoyed the team approach Great Oaks provided us throughout the entire Landscaping process. They went above and beyond the normal scope of planning, taking us on site visits to see specific plant & landscape material and designs installed. The Great Oaks team attention to our project was greatly appreciated."
- Thomas Close, Homeowner, Northville, Michigan

“Great Oaks Landscape has designed and installed countless landscape projects for AZD Associates Inc. Our architectural style is very unique, which requires an extremely talented Landscape Design-Build firm to enhance the properties architecture. Great Oaks' designs the essential elements to reflect and accent all of the different aspects of the property and homes, finishing off the project perfectly. Great Oaks Landscape has been an integral part of several of our award-winning projects, including Detroit Home Magazine "2010 House of the Year Award" and landscaping my personal residence which was featured on MTV featured show 'Cribs.”
- Kevin Akey, AZD Architects, Birmingham, Michigan

“Having worked with Gary Roberts for many years on many projects, I can thoroughly recommend him for both residential and commercial projects.”
- Andrew M. Barbas, York Properties, Inc. Southfield, Michigan

"Gary's design ideas and the Great Oaks crew produced a very nice garden for us. Our project was scaled and we look forward to additional enhancements from Great Oaks. Gary and his staff are available and reliable."
- Shlomo & Rhonda Mandel, Homeowner, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

“Great Oaks Landscape is a most professional full service Landscape Company. The entire staff from management to field executes both tacitly and efficiently when executing and implementing its designs. As a longtime client we could not be more pleased with this fine organization.”
- Gary Weisman, Commercial Developer, Franklin, Michigan

“Without overstatement, your company’s work in both landscape design and installation reflects uncompromised excellence. We have had the opportunity to work with your firm on many multi-family and single-family landscape projects over the past ten years. In each of these projects, your landscape work has provided for uniquely designed entrances, attractive interior parks and other distinguishing interior landscape features. We appreciate the unique skills that you and your firm bring to each project and we look forward to working with you in the future.”
- Roger Sherr, Sherr Development Corporation, Farmington Hills, MI

"Gary Roberts and the Great Oaks team have created the Midwest’s most original landscape masterpieces. If it can be dreamed , Gary Roberts can make it reality. A visionary who has helped design/build world class neighborhoods in the great lakes region."
- Dominic J Moceri, Dominick Tringali Architects- Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

“The quality of design and construction that Great Oaks has performed cannot be surpassed. My first thought when it comes to landscape is Great Oaks.”
- Alan Lederman, Real Estate Developer, Northville

“Gary Roberts and Great Oaks have been our landscaper for over 30 years. Passers by always ring our bell and ask who designed our landscaping. We feel we have always had the most beautiful gardens in our area Thanks to Gary.”
- Gloria Colton, Homeowner, Bloomfield Hills Township, Michigan

"Gary has a very good eye as a landscape architect and artist for knowing what is aesthetically pleasing, and Great Oaks Landscaping has given us beautiful surroundings that have matured and flourished throughout the years for us to enjoy. We trust their work to be professional and continue to use their maintenance to maintain our landscaping. Thank you!"
- Linda and Andy Jacob, Homeowner, Franklin, Michigan

“Northern Equities Group has enjoyed a long standing relationship with Great Oaks Landscape. Great Oaks Landscape has provided excellent service in two of our premier office parks. They are part of our year round team: encompassing landscape, lawn and bed maintenance as well as winter snow removal. We find them to be responsive to our needs and provide the high level of service for which we pride ourselves in providing to our tenants.”
- Brian J. Hughes, Northern Equities Group, Farmington Hills, MI

"I have had the great pleasure to work with Gary Roberts and Great Oaks Landscapes on many different levels. This includes assistance with planting design and implementation at my own personal residence, design collaborations for residential developments and implementation of my company’s designs. Gary’s passion for the industry and unselfish willingness to share his knowledge with others professionals are a very rare. He has always managed to take time out of his busy schedule to give me business mentoring and design advice. I look forward to collaborating with the Great Oaks team in the coming years to create places of enduring distinction!"
- Tad Krear, Land Design Studio-Southfield, Michigan

“Northern Equities Group has enjoyed a long standing relationship with Great Oaks Landscape. Great Oaks Landscape has provided excellent service in two of our premier office parks. They are part of our year round team: encompassing landscape, lawn and bed maintenance as well as winter snow removal. We find them to be responsive to our needs and provide the high level of service for which we pride ourselves in providing to our tenants.”
- Brian J. Hughes, Northern Equities Group, Farmington Hills, MI

“From concept drawings to construction plans and the completion of construction, Great Oaks has fulfilled and exceeded all of our expectations. Their creativity and attention to detail are unparalleled. Their Management team, design team and field crews are the standard by which all aspire to be but only a few can ever attain.”
- Earl Lafave, Beck Development, Brighton, Michigan

Gary Roberts

Gary Roberts - President, CEO & Creative Director

Gary developed his passion for “The Art of Landscape” with a degree in LandscapeArchitecture from Michigan State University. He founded Great Oaks Landscape in 1981 and created a fully integrated landscape company dedicated to providing complete design, installation, nursery and maintenance services. He has made it his life’s work building a solid company that provides the most spectacular outdoor spaces imaginable, with superior service given to every client.

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David Doane

David Doane - Vice President of Maintenance Operations

Dave is an Arborist with a strong background in plants and annuals. He specializes in Landscape Maintenance and Horticultural Services. Dave has 28 years experience with some of the most prestigious companies in Southeast Michigan and he brought to Great Oaks the integrity, knowledge and drive required to build the company into an industry leader for horticultural services and snow removal.

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Steve Ahejew

Steve Ahejew - RLA, ASLA - Director of the Design Department

Steve started his career with Great Oaks Landscape in 2006 as a graduate of Michigan State University, where he graduated top of his class with highest honors. Steve entered Great Oaks Landscape as a Landscape Designer, adding a unique and complimentary style to the design department. Since 2006 he has sat for and passed the Landscape Architecture Registration Exam and is a licensed Landscape Architect. Steve is the in-house AutoCAD expert and is knowledgeable in many of the cutting edge 3D modeling and rendering techniques. Steve’s work ethic, leadership ability and innovative approach to landscape architecture were some of the qualities that propelled him to Director of the Design Department. Great Oaks feels very fortunate to have recruited the best of the best.

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Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle - RLA, ASLA – Vice President of Commercial Landscape Sales

Rick is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture and is a Registered Landscape Architect. As the VP of Commercial Sales at Great Oaks Landscape, he brings over 25 years of landscape contracting experience to our firm. Rick was previously employed with the city of Detroit, as well as with other prominent landscape firms. Rick is responsible for the development, bidding and administration of Great Oaks’ commercial projects.

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Margo Maule  Design/Sales Administrator & Graphic Designer

Margo Maule - Design/Sales Administrator & Graphic Designer

Margo has been with Great Oaks Landscape since November 1999. Margo previously held the position of Executive Assistant to the President, Gary Roberts until June 2011 when she took a leave of absence to have her baby girl. She has since returned back to work full time and currently holds the position of Design/Sales Administrator and Network/Systems Administrator. She is responsible for job ordering all of Great Oaks Landscape’s sold projects. She works closely with the design/sales staff as well as the production team to enter, update and modify paper flow throughout the company. As a graduate in the Graphic Design field Margo brings a vast versatility to the company.

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Patrick McCauley

Patrick McCauley - Senior Landscape Designer

Patrick has been a principal designer with Great Oaks for 29 years and has over 30 years of professional experience in the field of Landscape Architecture. With a background in both landscape and architectural design, Patrick brings an array of knowledge and talent to the design department. His artistic hand has helped create the Great Oaks signature style that makes our plans come alive. He studied architecture at Lawrence Institute of Technology.

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Geoffrey Fornari - APLD Certified Landscape Designer/Salesman

Geoffrey Fornari - APLD Certified Landscape Designer/Salesman

Geoffrey graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Geoffrey is a Certified Professional Landscape Designer through APLD. He began working for Great Oaks Landscape Associates Inc. in 2012 after moving from Massachusetts. Before joining Great Oaks, Geoffrey spent the previous 15 years as the lead Landscape Designer for two high-end residential landscape design/build companies. His design capabilities and construction experience have allowed him to design several award-winning residential landscapes, including awards for “Best Residential Back Yard”, “Most Unique Retaining Wall”, and “Best Residential Back/Side Yard”. He currently resides in South Lyon, Michigan with his family.

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Darrin Thomas - Project Manager-Landscape Division

Darrin Thomas - Project Manager-Landscape Division

Darrin previously worked at some of the most prestigious companies in southeast Michigan. He joined Great Oaks Landscape Associates nearly 10 years ago and brought with him the knowledge and experience of 20 years in the profession. Darrin manages our large commercial projects and union crews.

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Pat Mooney

Pat Mooney - Project Manager-Maintenance Division

Pat has worn many hats in his 27 years as a landscape professional. He has worked for large national companies and owned and operated his own small business. Pat currently runs all operations for Great Oaks Landscape and Maintenance. He is responsible for quality control and efficiency for the 20 + crews under his direction. Pat has been with the Great Oaks Team for over 7 years.

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Ken Parkinson

Ken Parkinson - Sr. Account Executive-Maintenance Division

Ken has worked in the landscape maintenance business for over 20 years. He has maintained some of the most prestigious landscapes in Metro Detroit. Ken works with owners and property managers to provide premium landscape maintenance service at a price within their budget.

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