Total Landscape Care magazine announced John Cullen, owner of Celtic Gardens in Dexter, Michigan, its 2011 Landscaper of the Year.
Cullen and his wife, Moira, joined the 11 other Landscaper of the Year finalists, TLC staff and staff members from Case Construction Equipment, which sponsored the contest, on a three-day cruise to the Bahamas last weekend, where Cullen was announced as the grand winner.
“It is a wonderful honor to be recognized as the Landscaper of the Year, especially after meeting the other finalists. To be recognized among those who I admire is truly very humbling,” Cullen says.
Cullen, a 20-year veteran in the landscaping industry, specializes in old-world stonework and the design and creation of period gardens for which he procures the finest trees, plants and building materials in the world. He often travels to Europe and Asia in search of antique garden statuary and building materials. Celtic Gardens is the winner of numerous national and international awards from Flower and Garden shows, including Best in Show and Gold Medals at the Philadelphia, Singapore and Cincinnati flower shows.
“John exemplifies how savvy landscape professionals have adapted to the changing economy,” says TLC Editor, Billy R. Sims. “He’s developed a niche with high-end residential design capabilities that bring jobs his way from around the country and internationally.” In fact, Cullen will be one of the top contenders for design honors at the 2011 London- Chelsea Flower Show, considered one the most prestigious garden shows in the world.
The Landscaper of the Year program recognizes successful, professional landscapers who have impeccable reputations with their customers, suppliers and employees and who give back to their industry, communities and families through a “best practices” operation of their businesses. Sponsored by Case Construction Equipment, this annual program recognizes 12 finalists as the best and brightest in the landscaping industry.