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Lawrence Hoyle, Owner and Senior Landscape Designer
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Lawrence L. Hoyle. I started growing plants and retailing them at the age of 9. I also continued this operation through High School.

I attended Western Illinois University for 2 years, majoring in Botany. I then transferred to the University of Illinois and completed a B.S. Degree in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture in January, 1961. I joined the Illinois Highway System as Engineer Tech. on the Chicago Expressway System as Assistant Head of two Urban Expressways, I also supervised several landscape installation and maintenance contracts on three Chicago expressways.

During the 2 years in this position, I gained extensive experience with growing plants in very adverse conditions including salt damage from the Auto air pollution and snow and ice control during the winter months.

In January 1962, I accepted a position as a Turf and Landscape Specialist with Purdue University working with homeowners in adult education-landscape. I also conducted workshops for landscape contractors, nurserymen and park maintenance personnel.  The spring of 1963, I was the catalyze for starting the Northwest Indiana Nurserymen Association.  It is still active today and is now known as the Northwest Indiana Nurserymen and Landscape Association.

I completed a Master Degree in 1969 at Colorado State University in Environmental Design. During my masters program I was Responsible for the conceptual design for a 33,000 acre State Park in Nebraska.

1971, I begin working across the northern 10 counties of Indiana as the Area Extension Landscape Specialist.  I remained on the Purdue University Faculty for 12 years, answering all sorts of landscape and Landscape contracting questions and problems solving , as well as being Garden Editor for the two major Northwest Indiana newspapers.

In 1975, I started a Design-Build Landscape Firm in Indiana and continued until 1985. 

I moved to Marietta, GA. in 1985 and began a Landscape Design - build Company here.

Web-Landscape-Design-Ideas.com, went public in 2003 and since that time Landscape Designs have been complete in 40 different states. 

I have completed landscape design projects of varying sizes from very small to very large residential and Commerical.   Some of these designed and Landscape jobs are: Lake County Indiana Government Center about 15 acres.

6-1/2 acre  Residential Landscape Project, Wheatfield, IN.; Landscape Design for a large High School in Indiana including all of the Athletic Fields, etc.

Many project in Georgia including Landscape design solving severe drainage problems, irrigation, hardscape retaining walls, patios, walk and driveway design.  Landscape lighting Design.

I have a total of 53 Years Experience in the Landscape/Design Business.

Online Landscape Designer since 2003 with 100's of Landscape designs across the USA.  Designs in 40 states.

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