My background and how we formed Southern Landscaping
I am a graduate of McNeese University and studied under Mr. O.D. Hyatt, who was quite an inspiration to me. It was at McNeese, that I learned the principles of working with various plant materials.
After graduation, I started The Nursery Center in Sulphur, La. Then, after
closing The Nursery Center in 1971, My wife, Joan and our three children, Mike,
Susan and Chrissy (who was to be born in four months) and I, moved to Dallas,Texas.
While in Dallas, I worked with a couple of large companies. The first one was Lion Country
Safari. My interview for that position was rather interesting. Arnold Crevanes, a reknowned landscaping designer
from California, conducted the interview. It was done while he was overseeing
the planting of several oak trees.
The interesting thing about the interview was that Arnold and I would talk
while we were both riding in the bucket of a front end loader along
with the various trees that were being moved to the planting sites. Arnold
was a "hands on" type of guy. He didn't use any designs that were drawn out.
Rather, he would have the concept in his mind and would work on site, to lay
out how he wanted everything to be placed. Interestingly enough, after my
"unorthodox" interview, I was hired as the Landscape Superintendent for
the Grand Prairie division of Lion Country Safari.
I have personally found that for me, it is best to work from a printed
Landscape design. However, I have appropriated the "hands on" approach.
I will normally be involved with each phase of the work of a landscaping
Henry S. Miller Co.
After leaving Lion Country Safari, I became the Landscape Supervisor for
Miller Multi Management. This company was affiliated with Henry S. Miller
Co., a large realty company in the Dallas - Ft. Worth Metroplex.
I am telling all of this because it was while working with Miller Multi
Management, that God called Joan and me to "be available" to go wherever He
would direct us.
Christian schools and churches
We spent the next several years working with Christian schools and churches
in Southwest Louisiana. While working in these various locations, Mike and
I, once he was old enough, would supplement our income by contracting
landscape installations and maintenance for various businesses and
It was in 1998, that Joan and I closed the Greenhouse and nursery in Moss
Bluff, La. and moved to DeRidder to help Mike in his church and Christian
school for a brief period of time. (He was pastoring New Covenant Fellowship in DeRidder, La.)
Five major landscaping jobs per year
Mike and I have continued to work together in Southern Landscaping as we
work with various churches and mission projects in the area. We will schedule
about five major Landscaping jobs each year and fill in, as time allows, with
other horticultural jobs, such as pruning and transplanting.
Our desire is to provide quality workmanship as we continue to develop
beauty in the area. One of the areas in which we have been very successful
is in working with older, overgrown properties and restoring them.
Three hundred fire wood customers
We have also, developed a firewood business. In fact, we have been
delivering firewood in Southwest Louisiana for about twenty years. We now
have over 300 customers to whom we deliver.