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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.