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Craig Hutchinson

Craig Hutchinson

Founder, President (Certified Horticulturalist)

A love of beautiful gardens, a passion for client service, and a natural way with people: all three came together when Craig Hutchinson left university, started Lawrence Park Garden Care, and earned a certificate in horticulture.

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    Darren Young

    Darren Young

    Team Leader (Horticultural Service Representative, With Lawrence Park since 1993)

    Darren was just 22 when Craig first hired him as a maintenance trainee, and he’s mentored and promoted him ever since. Today, with over 20 years of practical experience in garden care and landscaping, Darren not only manages two crews that perform fieldwork, he also does a lot of work behind the scenes, working closely with other departments to ensure that even the biggest projects progress seamlessly from start to finish.

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      Brent Donaldson

      Brent Donaldson

      Team Leader (Horticultural Service Representative, With Lawrence Park since 2008)

      Brent always knew he wanted to do something "green" but he wasn't sure exactly what. So he enrolled in Fleming College's School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences and studied forestry, geology, fish and wildlife, gaming and integrated pest management. What he enjoyed most, however, was working at the college in groundskeeping and landscaping, which he continued to do for two years after finishing.

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        Raina Mullen

        Raina Mullen

        Landscape Lead Designer, Project Manager (Landscaping Service Representative, With Lawrence Park since 1998)

        Raina has always loved working outdoors, embracing new challenges with gusto. In 1996, she even took a job with the Ministry of Natural Resources to fight forest fires in Northern Ontario! Later that year, she enrolled in Humber College's Landscape Technician program and ended up graduating with Honours.

        Now Raina heads up Lawrence Park's Landscaping & Design team and routinely wins awards for her elegant and practical designs. In 2012, she made history as part of a team that achieved Toronto's first Platinum LEED Canada Certification for a truly "green" residential property.

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          Mihaela Dumitrica

          Mihaela Dumitrica

          Landscape Service Representative

          Mihaela grew up in a country house with a big garden. The youngest of three children, she enjoyed being around animals in a place where she could develop her gardening skills under her favourite Cherry tree.

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            Nancy Weiss

            Nancy Weiss

            Landscape Service Representative, Certified Green Roof Installer (With Lawrence Park since 2005)

            Nancy is a passionate gardener (and self-described flower child) with a long track record of creating unique gardens and for being at the leading edge of new concepts in landscaping.

            She began as a country gardener on a tiny island off Vancouver Island, then converted to urban gardening when she moved to Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco. In Toronto, she studied graphic design before completing several courses in gardening and landscaping at Ryerson, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and Landscape Ontario.

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              Sebastian Bobinski

              Sebastian Bobinski

              Maintenance Foreman

              Before Joining LPCGC, Sebastian was working for a small time landscaping company. When the work was too slow he started to study Architectural technology at George Brown College for the design aspect. During that time he found Lawrence park, while working there he found a passion for landscaping and seeing others designs and work come to life. He has several years of experience out in the field now and strives to study and learn more each year, so that he can apply what he has learned in school as well as out in the field into any work he does.

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                Ben Gossin

                Ben Gossin

                Maintenance Foreman

                In the 1990s, Ben wasn’t sure what career path to follow. First, he studied interior design at Humber College then switched to graphic design at Seneca. But he couldn’t face the prospect of working indoors, so he channeled his creativity into making gardens more beautiful.

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                  Sam Zitona

                  Sam Zitona

                  Sam Zitona

                  Landscape Foreman

                  As a young teenager, Sam enjoyed working outdoors and helping beautify landscapes and properties. That passion has evolved into a 20 year career.“It’s been over two decades that I’ve been in the industry. I started out maintaining lawns and gardens as a young teen and have expanded my knowledge towards stonework, planting and sprinkler systems.”

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                    Steve Cary

                    Steve Cary

                    Maintenance Foreman

                    Before joining Lawrence Park a few years ago, Steve had been working in landscaping for over a decade. In his first job with a “mom ‘n’ pop outfit” he was just cutting grass, raking leaves and operating heavy equipment, but he wasn’t learning anything so he left to join a big landscaping franchise that specialized in maintaining the grounds for large commercial properties ranging from big box stores to the provincial government.

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                      Jim Cape

                      Jim Cape

                      Landscape Manager, Certified Landscape Technician, Certified Green Roof Installer (With Lawrence Park since 1990)

                      Jim has more experience keeping gardens lush and healthy than just about anyone you'll ever meet, having devoted almost his entire working life to making gardens beautiful.

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                        Larissa Stipetic

                        Larissa Stipetic

                        Landscaping Supervisor, Certified Landscape Technician (With Lawrence Park since 1996)

                        Larissa's career with Lawrence Park began in 1996. At first, she helped the Maintenance crews during the busy spring and fall cleanup periods. In 1999, she came on board full-time in the Landscaping department and began four years of night courses at Humber College in horticulture and landscape design. Still an avid course-taker, she enjoys attending the one- and two-day workshops that Landscape Ontario offers each winter.

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                          Carl Thorne

                          Carl Thorne

                          Landscape Foreman, Stonemason Specialist, Certified Bobcat Operator

                          Originally a sous-chef in fine dining restaurants in the Niagara Region, Carl entered the business by accident. "I was supposed to help out at a landscaping company for a couple of months and ended up staying for three years." After that, he went out on his own before being recruited by another firm as a project manager and stonemason. There, he had the good fortune of being trained for several years by a master of the craft (who is now on the faculty of the Niagara Parks Commission's prestigious School of Horticulture).

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