Proven Winners® Certified Landscape Professional Program
The objective our Certified Landscape Professional program is to develop Proven Winners® landscape professional experts within specific regions. We aim to provide landscape professionals with a competitive business distinction as a skilled Proven Winners® plant expert, develop significant showcase projects and become a regional resource for the Proven Winners® brand.
This program is intended as a collaboration with landscape professionals, developing their skills as a Proven Winners® expert who is skilled in the design, installation, maintenance and overall use of Proven Winners® plants.
The program provides support that includes:
- Education on our plant varieties and what makes them superior
- Mentoring on effective design within the landscape
- Development of a specific Proven Winners® plant list appropriate for their particular client base
- Training on effective soil amending techniques and irrigation practices
- How to benefit from the effective use of container plantings, window boxes and hanging baskets
- Providing mentorship for their continued success
A Proven Winners® Certified Landscape Professional is selected based on a specific set of criteria. They demonstrate the ability to embrace our brand and enhance their projects with the superior performance of Proven Winners® plants, fertilizers, soil mixes and WaterWise® system.
PROVEN WINNERS CERTIFIED LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONALS:
Serving the greater San Francisco area for over 25 years, Metamorphosis Landscaping is a landscape design and construction firm specializing in quality residential projects of all sizes and scopes. With a reputation for innovation, technical excellence, quality and integrity, the company incorporates structural and technical items along with traditional landscape products to achieve unique, individually styled projects.
Founder and owner, Michael Galli, has over 30 years experience in the field of landscape design and construction. His firm offers broad expertise consisting of plant selection and placement, fencing, drainage, decking, outdoor lighting, spa installation, masonry, water features, garden structures, automated irrigation and landscape design.
With a vast knowledge of landscape products and engineering know-how, Metamorphosis Landscaping has effectively built a team of colleagues in the landscape industry - from soil engineers to outdoor lighting specialists to arborists - all collaborating to create superior gardens that complement the property’s architectural style.
Jack Barnwell is an award winning garden designer, author, and owner of C3 Gardens of Southwest Florida as well as Barnwell Gardens and Landscape based on the small Northern Michigan island of Mackinac. As owner of Barnwell Gardens and Landscape, Jack has over twenty years of experience creating breathtaking commercial and private garden displays on one of the world’s premier summer vacation destinations. His Florida venture is already gaining recognition as one of the most exciting new companies in the Naples/Marco Island area of Florida.
Barnwell Gardens and Landscape is responsible for the annual planting and maintenance of thousands of flats of flowers. They handle complete landscape installations and specialize in innovative annual displays for garden beds, containers and window boxes. Because of the complete motor vehicle ban on Mackinac Island, all of Jack’s landscape construction must be done without the use of trucks and machinery. Plants and materials are brought to the Island by boat and moved on location by horse and bike power.
Jack has taken this experience and customized it for the Southwest Florida climate and market. C3 Gardens also maintains many of their clients’ plantings by bicycle as they have found that this not only provides a more efficient means of transport but also significantly decreases their impact on the environment.
Jack’s work has been featured in many publications including Landscape Management Magazine. His first book, An Introduction to the Gardens of Mackinac Island, was published in the spring of 2013. He is currently working on his second book, Container Garden Recipes for Porch, Pool and Patio. This second book will read like a cookbook and include many of his favorite garden designs.
Mission Point Resort, Michigan
From an early age John was drawn to the outside environment. His fascination with nature’s flora and fauna was a guiding force that dictated his occupational path. Beginning at 13, his first position was at a small upstate New York resort as a groundsman. Intrigued by watching the flowers mature and having the gratification of maintaining a beautiful landscape, John continued in the green industry, from greenhouse to nursery and garden center, eventually earning his degree degree in Horticulture from SUNY Ulster in New York.
Gaining broad work experience in the tree care industry, nursery production industry and landscape industry, John spent 17 years at New York’s National Historic Landmark, Mohonk Mountain House. Built in 1867, this Victorian Hotel has diverse thematic landscapes that are influenced by many significant periods in history. John managed the Grounds, Greenhouse, Flower Shop and Golf Course, supervising a team of 25 professionals and garnering many national awards and accolades. John also ran two Garden Programs every year, featuring prominent speakers and writers from the green industry.
John is an experienced garden speaker, and has spoken throughout the country at Garden Symposiums and Horticultural programs. John has published articles in a number of garden magazines, professional journals, as well as contributing to a several garden books and training manuals.
Prior to accepting his position at Mission Point, John managed over 30 business sites in the Capital region of New York. This unique situation included design & build responsibilities, as well as greenhouse growing, producing all of the seasonal flowers and perennials for each site. Each business site featured extensive gardens and landscapes very unique to the area and became the business signature in each site’s community. I also operated a design & build landscape business
John is now the Grounds Superintendent for Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Attracted to the depth of horticulture on the island, John is responsible all components of Mission Point Resort’s extensive grounds, including an executive putting course, turf management, irrigation, fountains, landscapes, hardscapes, gardens, seasonal flower displays and general grounds care. Complementing his skills and management philosophy, John has a very holistic and sustainable approach based on agronomy and plant health, walking daily the bent grass greens looking for developmental stages of insects and general health appearance. John is a strong proponent of IPM and fully exercises cultural practices with the goal to minimize chemical usage. He believes plant selection and attention to detail insures healthy landscapes that are more compatible with our natural world.
John is consistently engaged in industry attending classes, conferences and continuing educational opportunities. He is an active member of the Professional Grounds Management Society, having held every executive position, including two terms as a Regional Director, and served as the organization’s President in 2013.
On behalf of PGMS, John organized and structured the Educational component for the GIE. He is currently active on the Certification Committee, Accreditation Committee and A300 committee.
John is happily married to Denise, with two daughters, Shelby (as a produce buyer for the state of Georgia for Sysco), and Haley (completing graduate studies at Stetson University in Florida).
States John . . . “I love to travel with my family and have visited gardens, arboretums and Botanical gardens in every state, providence and country we have visited. Managing grounds and gardens is more than an occupation it is also an avocation for me. “
VIDOSH NORTH, Michigan
Headquartered in Petoskey, Michigan, Vidosh North was founded by Donn Vidosh, Jr. in 2007. Vidosh North is a full service landscape service provider specializing in specimen plantings, masonry, lighting and irrigation.
The company has been built on three generations of family landscape, site work and horticultural knowledge. They have set their goal to be Michigan's premiere landscape service provider by 2020.
The company has been blessed to participate in some landmark and award-winning projects.
With on-staff professional designers, masons, horticulturalists and landscape maintenance personnel, Vidosh North has the capability to complete anything from basic enhancements to intricate design and installations with the highest quality standards.
Vidosh North is a design/build landscape company founded to help customers with every aspect of their home build, addition or remodel. They specialize in masonry, water features, irrigation, lighting, plantings, retaining walls, grading, flagstone and pavers.
Zeke C. Cooper is a National Award-Winning Landscape Architect based in Cherokee, North Carolina. Over the course of his career, Zeke has been fortunate to be able to work and learn from notable individuals and companies, such as Tom Fazio Golf Course Designers, ValleyCrest Landscape Development, Barge Wagooner Sumner & Cannon, and Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort; among others.
Currently, Zeke is the Grounds Manager & Landscape Architect at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, as well as Partner & Principal at Cooper|Stewart Landscape Architecture, with his longtime business partner and mentor, Curtis E. Stewart.
After completing his Master of Landscape Architecture Degree from the University of Tennessee, Zeke was charged with the design and construction of all landscape elements during the 650 million dollar Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort expansion. Soon thereafter, a team led by Zeke completed all of the landscape design and construction elements for the new Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel. Under his leadership, the landscape of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has won numerous national awards from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS).
Since 2010, Cooper|Stewart Landscape Architecture has offered professional Landscape Architecture services to clients throughout the Southeastern United States. CSLA has become the leader in Culturally Sensitive Design & Planning, specializing in projects that focus on historic preservation, cultural awareness and education; while also being respectful of the surrounding environment. As a Native American (Cherokee), Zeke is very fortunate to work along side the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with many unique projects. These projects include those that better local community services, enhance economic development, but most importantly protect and preserve Cherokee culture.
Zeke serves as a Board Member for the North Carolina American Society of Landscape Architects, the North Carolina Branch of the Professional Grounds Management Society and the Eastern Band Section of the North Carolina Community Foundation.
Over the past few years, Zeke has worked on a variety of projects for high profile clients, been part of numerous National Award-Winning teams and projects, been invited to speak at Green Industry Events and become a thought leader and problem solver within the Green Industry. However, Zeke's greatest accomplishments are being a husband to Krysta and father to their beautiful little girl, Granby Hattan.
Jim Lawrence, owner of Providence Landscape Group, is a degreed horticulturalist with over twenty-five years of experience in the industry.
Legendary customer service and a passion for perfection define Providence Landscape Group as the leader in grounds management and design for commercial properties and HOAs throughout the Charlotte area.
Offering extensive options for creative design, Providence Landscape Group is Charlotte’s industry leader for commercial properties and developments landscaping. Specializing in grounds management, Providence designs and builds stunning outdoor settings for retail centers, country clubs, housing communities, corporate offices and private homes.
Rick Johnson is the Landscape Superintendent of the prestigious Country Club of Landfall, located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Rick is a degreed horticulturist with over 30 years experience in creating and maintaining beautiful commercial landscape displays.
Before taking his position at the Country Club of Landfall in 2003, Rick was responsible for creating and maintaining commercial annual display gardens for apartment communities in the south. His passion for creating seasonal color display gardens has produced award-winning landscapes in Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia.
In addition to maintaining the grounds, Rick and his crew install and care for the annual displays, hanging baskets and planters at the Country Club of Landfall.
Country Club of Landfall located in historic Wilmington, North Carolina. CCL is a private club owned by its members since 1999. The Club boasts many amenities and is located inside the gated community of Landfall. For 25 years, Landfall has been one of the premier gated communities in the southeast. Landfall encompasses over 2,200 acres of serene, coastal living along the Intracoastal Waterway just across from Wrightsville Beach.