Dennis Schrader is one of the foremost experts in the country on plant production and garden design. Dennis is a professional horticulturist with a degree in Landscape Design and Nursery Management from the State University of New York at Cobleskill. His design accomplishments range from small penthouse gardens in Manhattan to large-scale commercial and estate landscapes on Long Island and throughout the Northeast. He has also designed tropical style gardens in southern Florida, California and Costa Rica.
Dennis has participated in lecture tours across the country appearing at botanical gardens and horticultural societies. He has also been interviewed on radio talk shows. He has appeared in national and international television programs and is a frequent guest on Martha Stewart Living TV, where he has demonstrated "how to" projects and introduces new plants. He has worked on TV productions with The Today Show, Martha Stewart Living, HGTV and Good Morning America. Dennis has written numerous articles on gardening for national magazines such as Fine Gardening, Horticulture and American Homestyle and Gardening. He is also currently a contributing editor to Garden Design. You can find Dennis' two books titled 'Hot Plants for Cool Climates' and 'Extraordinary Leaves' on Amazon.com.
Bill Smith is a professional Interior and Garden Designer with a Degree in Environmental Design from Parson's School of Design in NYC. Bill has worked for Architectural firms in New York City before forming his own Interior Design business in 1988. Bill has designed residential and commercial Interior and Garden design projects ranging in size and scope from Manhattan studios, to estate homes, corporate headquarters, luxury yachts and tropical vacation villas.
As co-owner of Landcraft Environments Ltd., Bill and Dennis have created an extensive garden as a complement to their growing business which has been extensively photographed and published worldwide. The garden has been not only been featured in most national and international gardening magazines but has been featured on many gardening TV shows.
Key to his garden design philosophy is the emphasis of strong color and textural relationships as well as incorporating plants as living architecture to achieve a unique and unexpected garden experience
Nick Van Orden
Nick is the newest personnel to join Landcraft's team as Head Grower and General Manager. He comes from a background in Garden Center Retail at Sara's Garden Center in Brockport, NY, where he discovered a passion for horticulture.
Seeking a training experience that was both hands on and academic, he then went on to study as a Professional Gardener at Longwood Gardens outside of Philadelphia, PA. After completing his training he stayed at Longwood, full-time, as their Seasonal Crops Grower. He produced the majority of annual crops that were displayed in some of Longwood's most iconic places.
Outside of work, Nick enjoys traditional woodworking, collecting hand tools, hiking, visiting gardens and traveling with his girlfriend and dog.
Nick's plant production philosophy is, "smart production is all about consistency."