Anna often says she grew up in a garden center. Between the ages of 4 and 15 Anna’s back yard was the Parklane retail garden center on Finch Avenue. She boasts that she was able to read blueprints by the time she was 8 years old and her super power is to draw the perfect inch.
Anna attempted to pursue a career in environmental studies attending University of Waterloo 1980-1981 but the lure of residential landscape proved to be too enticing for her. More suited to healing the earth “one garden at a time” Anna refocused her education and graduated from Humber College Landscape Technology program in 1983.
Anna’s creative inspiration, like that of her father, is heavily influenced by Ontario’s northern beauty. Anna’s secret passion is to create the perfect outdoor classroom for classes in ecology, food security and herbal medicine.
Anna has sat on various Landscape Ontario Committees including Congress, magazine, promotion, bylaws and currently environmental stewardship. She has also been an active board member of the Brock Community Health Center. Anna is an herbalist and frequently donates her time to present to horticultural groups and schools.
Kim received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Lakehead University. This solidified his love of the outdoors which has been his unofficial office his entire life. Kim worked in the Forestry sector in Ontario and British Columbia, culminating with a 5 year contract with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources southern research station in Maple.
Soon after, Kim joined Parklane as the farm manager and supply supervisor. Here he sharpened his skills to complement the landscape industry under the dedicated direction of Casey and Monica van Maris. Kim operates Sweet Dove Herb Farm with Anna and turned his love of the outdoors into a successful scenic photography business.
Kim is pleased to be back at the helm of Parklane with Anna, and looks forward to the challenges ahead as Parklane moves successfully into the next generation.
Growing up on an herb farm, Cassie was encouraged to learn by touching, tasting and not being afraid of getting her hands dirty. After receiving a diploma from Humber College and spending 3 months traveling through Europe she came home with a new love and appreciation for everything Mother Nature had to offer.
Since then Cassie dove head first into Parklane, starting with learning the ins and outs of maintaining high end residential properties. Quickly she started taking on more responsibility at the yard and proving herself on the construction sites working alongside the guys. She became a large asset to the company and now fills the role of operations manager.
Joanne joined Parklane in 2011 as a Landscape Designer. As she grew up in a family landscape construction and garden centre business in Ireland, she has an appreciation for the family business dynamic . Joanne completed a degree in Property Economics, Masters in Landscape Architecture and a certificate in Ecology in Ireland and has brought this knowledge and experience to Parklane.
Joanne worked in Ireland as a Landscape Designer and completed both residential and commercial landscape plans for local authorities, commercial and private clients. She worked with Monaghan County Council as a wetland monitor, assessing the changes in water quality and vegetation in an Integrated Constructed Wetland.
Working as a designer Joanne approaches all designs with an open mind considering the practical use of the space blending function and form into the designs with the consideration of the clients requirements and budget. She considers the use of plants as an important aesthetic to a garden and encourages the use of native and naturalised planting schemes to ensure a balance with the ecology and environment of the garden.
Having joined Parklane in 1996, Carolyn has been involved in marketing, administration, and bookkeeping. She loves the business, the product, and the beauty of landscaping, and finds that the satisfaction of customers reinforce this love. Her favorite word is synergy and she is most delighted whenever this is evident. Her skills and long history with Parklane are dedicated to the support of management, team members, and customers alike.
Joining Parklane Landscapes in 2016, Rachel brought with her a degree in Advertising, 5 years graphic design experience and five years sales and store management experience at a local bridal salon.
As a consultant Rachel genuinely enjoys getting to know each client on a personal level and provides a delightful customer service experience throughout the landscape design and build process. With a sustainable concept in mind, she effortlessly brings every landscape project to life ensuring the client’s satisfaction.
In 2013 Drew joined the Parklane team as a labourer and quickly began showing a very high skill level with strong attention to detail. With that he was promoted to Crew Lead by his second season and has since been providing clients with both a functional and a esthetically pleasing landscape. He brings with him certification as a Horticultural Technician along with masonry and leadership experience.
He also plans to complete his red seal exam. Drew takes pride in high quality work and the details of craftsmanship that make each project unique.