Interview with Jim Garvey:
Q: Jim, you’ve built a fabulous business with a great product and reputation. What drew you to Landscaping?
A: I learned to love nature growing up in New Jersey. As a
Boy Scout earning the rank of Life Scout, I spent most of my days outside exploring the fields, woods, ponds and streams. I worked in the landscaping trade all during High School and College,
Q: Tell us a little bit about your business, White Oak Designs.
A: Well, I started my business because I loved working with plants.
I love designing and creating beautiful landscapes for peoples properties. We’ll be in business 30 years next year and today I still hand pick all plant materials I use on a customer’s property. I’m always on site working hand in hand with my professional crew.
Q: What kind of credentials led you to creating this successful business?
A: I have a degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Meteorology from Fairleigh Dickenson University for starters. That has helped me immensely with different types of soils, grading and drainage so I know how to deal with any problem that might arise in these areas. I’ve also taken many courses in Landscape Design and
Horticulture and have learned a lot about where plants (Trees, Shrubs and Perennials) grow best and thrive. Because of this knowledge of plants, soils, exposures and climate zones, I can develop a plan for a customer’s property that will add aesthetic beauty as well as value to that property.
Q: Would you like to leave us with one final thought?
A: Of course. My designs bring seasonal interest to any property and I always use plants that highlight the best of the Four Seasons – color schemes, foliage, contrast – so my designs work with depth and scale and are well proportioned. All our work at White Oak Designs is guaranteed – and I aim to please!