Staff

Through The Garden’s philosophy was inspired by owner and senior designer, Michael Yeomans, love of unique and creative landscaping.  We have a hands-on approach in all aspects of our business.  We always strive to offer the best quality in our designs, installation work, guarantees and customer service.  To this end, we have assembled a wonderfully effective group of people who genuinely care about their clients, co-workers and responsibilities.
spaceOUR DESIGN STAFF

Michael Yeomans – Landscape Architect/Designer/Owner:

Michael earned his degree in Landscape Architecture from TexasTechUniversity and started off working for a Civil Engineering firm to provide landscaping and planning design.  Before too long, Michael’s creativity could not be contained in the office, so he took that leap of faith into the environment he loved – Landscape Design and Installation.  In his mind there is nothing more satisfying then actually overseeing the implementation of your own designs. Mike started his own company in 1988 and has won many awards for his design work.  Michael has been featured on HGTV’S Curb Appeal and has had his work featured in Frederick Magazine and Washington Home and Garden.

Jane Luce – Landscape designer / Fine Artist:

Jane brings to our team an artist’s eye for design and over 18 years of ‘hands on’ experience installing her own landscape designs. Although she began her career as a painter, with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Georgia, Jane has found herself constantly drawn outdoors to work with the more multi-dimensional, interactive world of landscape design. She loves to create ‘living paintings’ for people to actually walk into, interact with, rest in and restore themselves deeply. This has become her great life passion. Jane is known for her distinctive naturalized gardens that her clients lovingly refer to as their own personal sanctuaries. She has a Certificate in Herbaceous Plants from GeorgeWashingtonUniversity and works side by side with the rest of our staff to create beautiful and sustainable Edens.

John Gamba, RLA, ASLA– Landscape Architect:

John is a Registered Landscape Architect in the states of Indiana, Virginia and Maryland. John’s diverse practice history includes 24 years designing and implementing Residential, Commercial and Public Landscape Projects on both the East and West coasts. He is an award winning landscape architect with the Landscape Contractors Association (LCA) in the Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia region. John has had the privilege of Metro Washington “Home Improvement” magazine featuring his landscapes in several of their editions. He is a qualified professional for the Forest Conservation Act. John currently focuses on the needs of residential clients and truly enjoys helping each homeowner create their dream landscape.  He excels at creating a smooth transition between a client’s home and the surrounding environment.   Each landscape design has its own “gems” with their own brilliance for the Landscape Architect to bring out in a design and then expertly guide to installation.  John always tells his clients, “The more I can personalize the landscape for the homeowner, the better the client and I will both enjoy the project!” John Gamba designs and then brings to fulfillment creative, distinctive landscapes that enhance the way his clients live

Christy  Morales – Certified Horticulturist:

Christy has been in the green industry for over 17 years.  She started her career in a fast paced nursery setting where she quickly became part of the management team.  Landscaping was the next step and Christy left the nursery and entered the world of landscape maintenance, both commercial and residential. During the evening hours she worked her way through classes earning her certificate in Landscaping Technology. Christy joined Through the Garden as the maintenance division’s manager and is meeting clients to arrange for the care of their property through proper maintenance

Sarah Knezevich – Landscape designer:

Sarah is passionate about landscape design and takes great pleasure in connecting this appreciation of gardens with people. She enjoys developing projects through collaboration with clients and fellow professionals.  Sarah has a degree in Studio Art from American University and a Graduate Certificate in Landscape Design from George Washington University. Planning and creating designs that are beautiful and sensitive to the needs of our environment is also very important to her and she is completing her Sustainable Certificate from GWU.  Her experience in graphic design, studio art, art education and lifelong love of gardening combined with the GWU certificate provides a sound foundation for landscape design.

Olga Sokolova – Interior and outdoor living space designer:

Olga has a degree in Interior Design and is an ASID allied member. She has a passion for creating magical outdoor living spaces. With a wide assortment of accessories from furniture, benches, planters, umbrellas, etc. she creates both formal and very informal environments, making your garden a great outdoor room to enjoy, relax and entertain. Olga’s focus is what she calls “Healing Environments”, creating a tranquil oasis in your garden to recuperate from your daily hectic schedule and feel re-energized.

OUR FIELD OPERATIONS STAFF

Scott Floyd – Field Operations Manager:

Scott has worked in the construction field his entire career and has been in various positions, such as foreman, estimator and project manager. Scott is an ICPI  certified, Level I Concrete Paver Installer, a NCMA certified Retaining Wall Installer and recently received his ALA accredited Permeable Pavement Certification. His fast knowledge and experience provides the necessary foundation for executing larger and complex projects

Morris Rivas – Field Operations Foreman:

Morris has been with Michael since the beginning.  Coming aboard in 1989, Morris has the rare gift of the artisan combined with a structural knowledge that is unsurpassed.  Since Morris’ minimum quality standards exceed most landscapers’ excellent standards, a hardscape installation is never ‘complete’ until Morris gives his nod of approval.  Morris has a well-earned reputation of excellence in the stone industry and we rely on him to find the best crewmembers for us, as well as insure they are trained to his high standards.

Installation crews:

 

We currently operate with 4 installation crews. Our crewmembers are trained in the proper installation techniques for hardscaping and planting.  The appropriate foreman is assigned to each phase of the installation, utilizing their individual talents to insure your landscape is perfect!  The work ethic and dedication to excellence our crewmembers display is quite remarkable.
 OUR OFFICE STAFF
Kay Dixon – Office Administrator:
Kay manages the office. Kay has several years of experience in office administration, and marketing. She brings this expertise to our office and our customers.  You can expect courteous and friendly answers to your inquiries regarding scheduling, fees, billing and payment arrangements, or any concerns or questions you have.  It is our mandate to provide the highest quality of work and the best customer service. Kay lives by this motto and reminds us of this on a daily basis
Henk Sterenberg – General Manager:
Prior to joining Through the Garden in 2004 as partner and general manager, Henk worked as a senior project manager/civil engineer with a large consulting engineering firm. As former colleagues Henk and Mike have had a long professional partnership. Henk is mostly involved with the day to day business operations but lends his engineering expertise to projects as necessary to address grading, drainage and retaining wall issues.