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Great Oaks Landscape 3-d rendered a walk through of a Custom Pool & Entertaining Space.

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Great Oaks Landscape was in the July Edition of Landscape Contractor Magazine.

Visitors entering this Auburn hills, Michigan estate encounter a 12-foot tall, 120-foot long waterfall, created by Great Oaks Landscape and fed by a man-made pond. At full tilt, more than 6,000 gallons flow over the lip every minute from a concealed water source. A 10'x10' underground vault holds the plumbing, pumps, and mechanics that operate three waterfall zones, which can operate seperately or simutaneously depending on the wishes of the client. A controller switch can change the water from a roaring cascade to a gentle flow that the childrencan play in.

 

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JOB POSTINGS

JOB POSTINGS

DELIVERY DRIVER

 Great Oaks Landscapes Associates, located in Novi, Michigan is a recognized leader in the landscaping industry.  We are currently looking for a delivery driver with the following qualifications:

  • CDL, Class A w/air brakes);  T Endorsement (double trailers) is a plus
  • 90” tree digger experience (or willingness to learn)
  • Experience operating skidsteers, backhoes, dozers and excavators
  • Knowledge of plant materials is a plus

 

This is a full-time position (Monday – Saturday, 55-65 hours/week) from April 1st to mid-December).  December – March 31st is our snow removal season and employees work snow events as needed.

 

Interested candidates, please submit your contact information and resume or summary of experience and skills to:  resume@greatoakslandscape.com

 

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EQUIPMENT OPERATOR/LABORER

Great Oaks Landscapes Associates, located in Novi, Michigan is a recognized leader in the landscaping industry.  We are currently looking for an operator/laborer with the following qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience operating skidsteer loader
  • Ability to use forklift handling trees and pallets
  • Knowledge of plant materials is a plus
  • Ability to lift plants weighing more than 50 pounds
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)

This is a full-time position (Monday – Saturday, 55-65 hours/week) from April 1st to mid-December).  December – March 31st is our snow removal season and employees work snow events as needed.

 

Interested candidates, please submit your contact information and resume or summary of experience and skills to:  resume@greatoakslandscape.com

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LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION PROJECT MANAGER

Great Oaks Landscape Associates, located in Novi, Michigan, is a recognized leader in the industry for its landscape design-build and maintenance expertise.  Our build/installation division operates two seasons:  traditional Spring through Fall (April 1 – December 1) and the snow season (December 1 – March 31).  We are looking for a Landscape Installation Project Manager to join our management team.  This position will be responsible for managing a portfolio of landscape installation contracts, maximizing customer satisfaction, and ensuring delivery of quality services to our clients.  The project manager is responsible for achieving set goals for revenue, profitability and contract renewals through effective management and coordination of personnel, equipment and facility resources, and employee training and development.  Responsibilities include:

 

  • Direct all aspects of landscape installation operations
  • Review landscape design with designer
  • Create and manage operating budget -  responsible for monitoring operation expenses, review financial reports and seek ways to improve the bottom line for job (s)
  • Develop and coordinate plans for the efficient use of personnel and resources
  • Train and mentor landscape foremen and crew personnel; conduct routine training sessions to maximize production and efficiency
  • Coordinate multiple crews and subcontractors on job sites
  • Manage employees and oversee scheduling
  • Ensure work is completed in accordance with plans and specifications as well as with client’s expectations
  • Manage and resolve personnel issues
  • Manage client relations and resolve issues in a timely manner
  • Assist in employee recruitment and hiring
  • Promote high standards for customer service, develop a safety culture and create a positive team environment
  • Lead, train and develop employees

 

To be considered as a candidate for the position, the following qualifications are required.

  • Minimum of two (2) years experience as a Project  Manager, directing landscape maintenance crews
  • Strong knowledge of local plant materials, horticultural practices
  • High school diploma required; college degree (Associate’s, Bachelor’s) preferred
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office
  • Strong organizational and verbal/written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment
  • Bilingual (Spanish) is a plus

 

If you are interested in becoming part of the Great Oaks management team, please submit your

resume to:  resume@greatoakslandscape.com

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LANDSCAPING JOBS

Great Oaks Landscape Associates located in Novi, Michigan is a recognized leader in the landscaping industry.  We provide landscape design/build and landscape maintenance services.  We are currently seeking candidates for the following positions.

  • Project Manager
  • Crew Foreman
  • Equipment Operators
  • CDL Drivers (Class A, T Endorsement a plus)
  • Laborers

 

The season for our landscape build/installation and maintenance divisions is normally April 1 – December 15.  In addition, Great Oaks has a snow season that is normally December 15 - March 31.  All employees are eligible for the snow season.

 

Interested candidates please submit your contact information and resume or summary of experience & skills to resume@greatoakslandscape.com

Builders and Remodelers Trade Show ~ 2014

Great Oaks Design Team, working at our booth during the Builders and Remodelers Trade Show at the Best Western in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

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Shown in photo from left to right is Richard Tuttle – Commercial Landscape Sales; Geoff Fornari – Certified Landscape Designer/Salesman; Dwight Paslean – Commercial Estimator; Patrick McCauley – Senior Landscape Designer.

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Our New Houzz Website

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Great Oaks Landscape is proud to announce our New Houzz website!
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Great Oaks Maintenance Team, working at our booth during the I.R.E.M. – Realtors Trade Show at the Suburban Showplace Collection in Novi, Michigan.

 

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Shown in photo from left to right is Ken Parkinson – Sr. Account Executive-Maintenance Division; David Doane – Vice President of Maintenance Operations; Pat Mooney – Project Manager-Maintenance Division.

 

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New Nursery Manager

Dwight Kosenko, who has been employed with Great Oaks Landscape since 1998, has recently been promoted to Nursery Quality Control Supervisor & Nursery Purchasing Manager.

Dwight is responsible for the coordination and purchasing of all Great Oaks Landscape’s nurseries plant material.

 

Congratulations Dwight!!!

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Email: dkosenko@greatoakslandscape.com

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New Estimator

Dwight Paslean is our new Estimator.

Welcome to the Design Team Dwight!

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Education:

MSU Landscape Architecture -  Graduated 1992

 

Work Background:

Torre & Bruglio 1993-2008

Estimator, Purchaser, Construction Foreman

 

The Brickman Group 2008-2013

Operations Manager in Lawn Maintenance & IPM Spray Tech.

Curt Schuster has retired from Great Oaks after working 30 years.

After working for Great Oaks for 30 years as our Nursery Manager and Plant Purchaser Curtis Schuster has retired from Great Oaks Landscape.

We will miss him dearly, but certainly wish him the best.


Curt we hope that you enjoy all of your new journeys in life!

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Happy Thanksgivukkah! Five Things Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Have in Common

Five Things Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Have in Common

Thanksgivukkah is just around the corner—and it won't be again for about 79,000 years

 

In a rare alignment of calendars, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah both fall on Nov. 28 this year. And Americans planning to celebrate this double holiday have dubbed it ThanksgivukkahAt first glance, the festivals might seem completely different. One is dreidels. One is pumpkins. One is kosher. One is pigskins. But here are five things the holidays have in common:

Both are a great excuse to stuff yourself silly. 

Yes, people eat hot dogs on the Fourth of July and sip eggnog on Christmas Eve, but there is no holiday on the American calendar that is more about food than Thanksgiving. Hanukkah, a time to eat latkes and brisket, kugel and challah, is also celebrated by putting delicious things in bellies. “All Jewish holidays are about food,” says Dana Gitell, the Bostonian credited with coining Thanksgivukkah. “And that’s one of the reasons why American Jews love Thanksgiving so much. These are both feasts.” The convergence has set foodies atwitter, inspiring fusion menus and dishes like turkey doughnuts.

Both are rooted in religion.

Hanukkah, of course, is a Jewish holiday. Known as the Festival of Lights, the eight-day celebration commemorates a Jewish military victory and the miracle of oil that lasted eight days when it should have lasted one. As any fourth grader will tell you, Thanksgiving commemorates a harvest feast among Indians and Pilgrims that happened almost 400 years ago. While that might seem secular, those Pilgrims never would have been breaking bread with those Indians if they hadn’t first broken from the Church of England—and fled Europe in search of religious freedom.

Both were started by groups who found refuge in America.

Rabbi Mishael Zion, co-director of the Bronfman Fellowships, points out that Hanukkah and Thanksgiving were both started by people who found a haven in America and flourished there. “Thanksgiving really celebrates not so much America the country, but America the idea,” says Zion. “It’s a place of refuge. It’s also a place of opportunity and mobility and success.” Freedom from want, he says, quoting Franklin Roosevelt, “is what the Jews have found in America. It’s what Pilgrims found in America.”

Both are all about being thankful.

“They both are holidays of gratitude after facing adversity,” says Zion. Two millennia ago, the Jewish people were thankful that their conflict with Greco-Syrian foes was at an end, he says, and today Hanukkah is a fine time to be grateful for religious freedom. Thanksgiving started as an appreciation of a bountiful harvest and has morphed into a day when people count any and all blessings, being it a lovely family or a day off from school.

Both are a reason to go home.

People aren’t flooding public parks or places of religious worship on either of these holidays. People aren’t reciting long Hebrew prayers or poring over the Mayflower manifests either. These are both celebrations that involve sitting at home, catching up with Gram-Gram. “Thanksgiving and Hanukkah don’t belabor the point,” Zion says. “They are both home holidays.” Gitell says that Thanksgivukkah should be a day for fun and a day for unity. She, for one, will be with her family like she is for every Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. “We’re just going to have more food,” she says.

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Pinnacle is a Moceri Development located in Oakland Township, MI on Silverbell Road. Great Oaks Landscape designed all of the landscape elements for the site. The designs were then put into digital content for marketing to show the elegance of the site. The roads are being installed this fall with the landscape completed by Great Oaks Landscape next spring 2014.
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A Living Legacy - Sapling from Anne Frank’s famous tree

A Living Legacy

Sapling from Anne Frank’s famous tree

now grows as an uplifting symbol at the

Holocaust Memorial Center.

Workers plant the Anne Frank sapling at the Holocaust Memorial Center in a memorial garden.  (Photos by Jerry Zolynsky)

Workers plant the Anne Frank sapling at the Holocaust Memorial Center in a memorial garden. (Photos by Jerry Zolynsky)

Mention the Holocaust and people frequently recall Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager in the Netherlands whose famous diary was published in 1947. She died two years earlier in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

The Diary of a Young Girl, also depicted on stage and screen, remains a powerful piece of writing. Describing the day-to-day reality of hiding with others in the secret annex of her father’s company building in Amsterdam until their discovery in August 1944, Anne stayed optimistic. With evil all around her, she maintained an unshakable belief in the better nature of people.

Several passages in the diary speak of a large horse chestnut tree visible from one window. Cheering her through two years of hiding, the tree was Anne’s sole link to the natural world, representing freedom and her hope for humanity.

Now, a special link to Anne Frank resides in Farmington Hills. A sapling from the same majestic tree that inspired Anne was planted Aug. 27 on the grounds of the Holocaust Memorial Center (HMC) Zekelman Family Campus. The HMC is one of only 11 sites in the United States chosen for the honor by the New York-based Anne Frank Center USA, a non-sectarian, nonprofit educational organization.

“Everyone knows Anne Frank, from at least the sixth grade on, when kids read her diary in school,” said Stephen Goldman, HMC executive director. “Having her tree grow here is really going to touch people.”

The young tree will flourish in the new Viola and Garry Kappy Anne Frank Tree Exhibit and Garden, named for the project’s major funders. The public dedication is scheduled Sunday, Sept. 22.

The Anne Frank Sapling Project started as Anne’s chestnut tree was nearing the end of its nearly 180-year lifespan. Diseased and rotted through the trunk, the massive tree was a safety hazard, slated to come down in 2007. A last-minute reprieve in court and funds obtained for a steel frame kept the tree in place until high winds toppled it in August 2010.

Fortunately, before the tree’s demise, stewards at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam had the foresight to take grafts from the tree to create saplings. The plan was to offer new “Anne Frank” trees to worthy recipients around the world.

On June 12, 2009, the HMC received an invitation to apply to receive ownership of a tree sapling, said Feiga Weiss, the HMC’s librarian and archivist.

Weiss and local artist Gail (Rosenbloom) Kaplan immediately began pursuing the idea for the HMC. Among her past efforts, Kaplan created the mosaic in the HMC lobby as a community project and led the Kindertransport quilt installation.

“The mission of the Anne Frank Center is to teach Anne Frank’s story and continue her message of hope and tolerance for all people,” Kaplan said. “It was a beautiful idea to take saplings from the tree in crisis, so the tree’s message could live on.”

The women received full support for the project from Dr. Guy Stern, director of the HMC’s Institute of the Righteous. He also was interim director of the HMC at the time, following the death of its first leader, Dr. Charles Rosenzweig.

Recalling his visit to the Anne Frank House, Stern said, “I thought then that anything that could be done to commemorate her life story and overwhelming talent would be a blessing.”

A Fitting Home
In the Request for Proposal, Anne Frank Center USA informed interested museums, botanical gardens, human rights organizations and cultural or education institutions that the “Anne Frank tree sapling should be used by the institution as a living icon of tolerance and must then be related to the ‘story’ that the proposing institution wishes to tell.”

Kaplan thought the HMC could easily fill the bill.

Garry and Viola Kappy with the sapling

Garry and Viola Kappy with the sapling

“The sapling project not only teaches about the Holocaust, it dovetails with the HMC’s Institute of the Righteous mission of teaching tolerance,” she said. “The Anne Frank tree speaks to who we are as an institution.”

Weiss submitted the maximum three-page description of educational goals, a site plan for planting the tree and a list of persons who would be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of an exhibit featuring the Anne Frank tree.

Kaplan, the project manager, visited Yvonne Simmons, executive director of Anne Frank Center USA, “to put a face to our name.”

Later in 2009, the HMC was thrilled to learn it would receive a sapling and be forever part of an exclusive group that includes the White House, Liberty Park near the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, Boston Common, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas, the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis and five other sites. Plantings began this spring.

Stern praised “these two fine women [Weiss and Kaplan], the ball carriers for the [sapling] project. Their drive and the excellence of their proposal carried it over the goalpost.”

Fundraising was full-speed ahead with the approval. Garry and Viola Kappy are Holocaust survivors who were “looking to do something for the community” when their daughter-in-law, Barbara Kappy, approached them to be part of the Anne Frank Tree Sapling Project.

“I didn’t hesitate,” said Garry Kappy. “I like that when young people come to see the tree, the name of Anne Frank will never be forgotten.”

Other team members for “The Anne Frank Sapling Project: A Tree Grows in Michigan” were Joel Smith, president, Neumann/Smith Architecture in Southfield; Randall Metz, principal, Grissim, Metz, Andriese Associates Landscape Architecture in Northville; and Gary Roberts, president, Great Oaks Landscape Associates in Novi.

Neumann/Smith Architecture, designer of the HMC, helped determine the best location for the tree and garden, outside an Anne Frank exhibit. Grissom Metz designed the new setting and surrounding area; Great Oaks Landscape installed it.

A new plaque honors the Anne Frank sapling in its new home at the HMC.

A new plaque honors the Anne Frank sapling in its new home at the HMC.

After the mandatory quarantine of tree saplings in the Netherlands for three years, Great Oaks took charge of the HMC’s tree when it arrived in March.

“It was shipped bare root — all the soil washed off the roots — in a cardboard mailing tube,” Roberts said. Great Oaks potted the approximately 2-foot tree in a 10-gallon pot.

“We also wrapped the entire tree in tightly woven screen to protect the sapling from insect and animal damage and kept it in our greenhouse until any fear of frost damage had passed,” he said.

Roberts’ company “also had the honor of planting the tree in its permanent location within the limestone surround at the Anne Frank memorial garden.”

For security reasons, the garden is accessible only through the building. Protecting the garden opposite the building are 20-25 Ketler juniper upright shrubs, between 6-10 feet tall, with a small fence behind them.

In the countdown to the tree dedication, the HMC introduced Anne Frank-themed projects. First was the American premiere of My Name is Anne Frank: A Cantata by German composer Volker Blumenthaler and librettist Alexander Gruber. Presented May 7 at Berkley High School, in collaboration with Berkley Schools, the performance featured solos by Cantors Daniel Gross and Penny Steyer.

The Anne Frank Door Project for preteen and teen girls took place July 25-26 at Tamarack Camps in Ortonville. The girls decorated a door that opened to reveal a photo of themselves and their handwritten answers to select questions. The goal was to help them confront some of the same issues Anne Frank faced.

A $15,000 grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation helped the HMC create an Anne Frank curriculum designed to guide middle and high school educators through teaching Anne Frank’s diary as an introduction to the Holocaust.

“We want to make sure the Anne Frank story is contextualized within the framework of the Holocaust,” Goldman said. The HMC hosted all-day curriculum seminars for teachers from Jewish schools on July 21 and for other educators on July 22.

Anne Frank, May 13, 1944

Anne Frank, May 13, 1944

Goldman said the new curriculum is adaptable to parochial, public and non-parochial private schools and offers an opportunity to reach a broader base of teachers outside the literature and drama classes that typically study Anne Frank.

Funds from the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation and Silberstein-Boesky Family Foundation and some community gifts were also used for the exhibit. Additional grants from Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan and Michigan Humanities Council are currently being used for educational programming.

Under the exhibit title, “Looking Out Anne Frank’s Window,” visitors can look forward to a creative writing program in October for families and a film presentation, Anne Frank Remembered. A post-visit workbook, My Reflections on Anne Frank, will help reinforce students’ memories of the Anne Frank exhibit.

Kaplan is struck by the fact that upon reaching the sloping area of the museum, under the southernmost of the six illuminated skylights fronting the facade, visitors walk up the Ramp of the Righteous and see sunlight for the first time on their dark journey through the Holocaust.

“And directly in front of you is the garden with a glimpse of Anne Frank’s tree,” she said.

In its peaceful setting, the little chestnut brings a message of hope and inspiration to museum visitors, who will come away with their hearts uplifted. 

Anne Frank Tree Dedication
The public dedication of the Viola and Garry Kappy Anne Frank Tree Exhibit and Garden will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. The afternoon includes free museum admission all day, complimentary kosher refreshments and Mimi Kappy’s interview with retired University of Michigan Professor Irene Butter, a survivor who knew Anne Frank. For information, call (248) 553-2400 or visit www.holocaustcenter.org.

By Esther Allweiss Ingber, Contributing Writer

Next Sapling Planting Ceremony

The Sapling Project
As Anne wrote about her own hopes and dreamed of a better future, she often looked out upon a large horse chestnut tree in the garden behind the Secret Annex. For her, the tree symbolized freedom as well as nature, which she longed to enjoy once again.Sadly, the aging chestnut tree behind the Secret Annex collapsed from disease in 2010. However, in the few years before the tree’s demise, the stewards at the Anne Frank House wisely created saplings that have since been distributed to numerous locations around the world.

The Anne Frank Center USA received 11 of the saplings to donate to worthy educational organizations across the US.As Americans, we sometimes think of the horrors of the Holocaust as events that only happen in far off places and not on our own shores. But the United States has its own questions on human rights, as evidenced by treatment of Native Americans, slavery and segregation and by the ongoing struggle for full civil rights for women and people of color. These chapters in our shared history become the stories from which today’s generation can learn to fight intolerance in all forms, to identify prejudice, stereotyping, polarization and to advocate for a world based on mutual respect.

Following a three-year safeguard quarantine, the saplings were cleared for planting in January 2013. They have been delivered to their new homes across the nation and plantings have already begun! For the most updated information on planting ceremonies, public events and online speaker forums please visit the Sapling Project website.
Next Sapling Planting Ceremony

Day: September 22, 2013

Location: Holocaust Memorial Center

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Address: 28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

The following organizations are the recipients of Anne Frank Tree saplings.
1 The White House Washington, D.C.
2 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Indiana
3 Sonoma State University California
4 Southern Cayuga School District New York
5 Washington State Holocaust Resource Center Washington Washington
6 Boston Common Massachusetts
7 Central High School Arkansas
8 Holocaust Memorial Center Michigan
9 Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial Idaho
10 William J. Clinton Presidential Center Arkansas
11 Liberty Park, Commemorating 9/11 New York City

Photo: The Sapling Project
As Anne wrote about her own hopes and dreamed of a better future, she often looked out upon a large horse chestnut tree in the garden behind the Secret Annex. For her, the tree symbolized freedom as well as nature, which she longed to enjoy once again.Sadly, the aging chestnut tree behind the Secret Annex collapsed from disease in 2010. However, in the few years before the tree’s demise, the stewards at the Anne Frank House wisely created saplings that have since been distributed to numerous locations around the world.

The Anne Frank Center USA received 11 of the saplings to donate to worthy educational organizations across the US.As Americans, we sometimes think of the horrors of the Holocaust as events that only happen in far off places and not on our own shores. But the United States has its own questions on human rights, as evidenced by treatment of Native Americans, slavery and segregation and by the ongoing struggle for full civil rights for women and people of color. These chapters in our shared history become the stories from which today’s generation can learn to fight intolerance in all forms, to identify prejudice, stereotyping, polarization and to advocate for a world based on mutual respect.

Following a three-year safeguard quarantine, the saplings were cleared for planting in January 2013. They have been delivered to their new homes across the nation and plantings have already begun! For the most updated information on planting ceremonies, public events and online speaker forums please visit the Sapling Project website.
Next Sapling Planting Ceremony

Day: September 22, 2013

Location: Holocaust Memorial Center

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Address: 28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

The following organizations are the recipients of Anne Frank Tree saplings.
1 	The White House 	Washington, D.C.
2 	The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 	Indiana
3 	Sonoma State University 	California
4 	Southern Cayuga School District 	New York
5 	Washington State Holocaust Resource Center Washington 	Washington
6 	Boston Common 	Massachusetts
7 	Central High School 	Arkansas
8 	Holocaust Memorial Center 	Michigan
9 	Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial 	Idaho
10 	William J. Clinton Presidential Center 	Arkansas
11 	Liberty Park, Commemorating 9/11 	New York City
Great Oaks Landscape had the honor of holding the sapling at Great Oaks Nursery
until it was ready for planting at the Holocaust Memorial Center.
Owner of Great Oaks Landscape, Gary S. Roberts was standing in photo while the tree
was being planted.

Pinnacle - Oakland Township, MI

Pinnacle is a Moceri Development located in Oakland Township, MI on Silverbell Road. Great Oaks Landscape designed all of the landscape elements for the site. The designs were then put into digital content for marketing to show the elegance of the site. The roads are being installed this fall with the landscape completed by Great Oaks Landscape next spring 2014.
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UPCOMING TRADE SHOW.

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Novi Home & Garden Show.
Start Date: 05-APR-13 End Date: 07-APR-13.


Venue: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI.


Spring Home & Garden Show is a leading home & garden trade show in the USA. This exhibition will focus on home improvement, home & gardens design, children's playgrounds and kindergartens, equipments for park, residential architect builder, custom home. It will attract many visitors & exhibitors from USA and around the world.

 

Novi Home and Garden Show

April 5-7, 2013
A unique, vast display area featuring gardening and landscaping supplies and outdoor living exhibits gives this show a spirit of exhilaration. A festival of spring atmosphere prevails throughout the entire show and lifts the mood of everyone there. Visitors seem more positive and motivated when they're able to enjoy these harbingers of the warm weather ahead.

  • Excellent quality exhibitors make the spring show one of the premier events of the season.
  • A time of year when people are out and about. This show is always a flurry of activity.
  • The landscaped flowering gardens and displays bring a special allure and appeal to visitors.
  • The outdoor marketplace selling plants, trees, shrubs and flowers is extremely popular.
  • This show has a remarkable following with a long history of attendees.

 

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Detroit Home Design Awards Winner - Residential Swimming Pool/Spa

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Anne Frank Tree Saplings

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Seeds of Solace: Anne Frank Tree Saplings Span the World

If you've read The Diary of Anne Frank and visited the Amsterdam garret in which she and her family hid from Nazis for two years, you might think of anything associated with Anne Frank as nearly sacred. Anne and her family had no access to the outside world or anything in nature other than the sight of a chestnut tree outside the building where they were hiding.

 

In August of 2010, that tree toppled in a storm, but saplings from its seeds are being distributed around the world, including 11 places in the U.S. Chosen by the Anne Frank Center USA from a pool of 34 applicants, the locations for the saplings include the park in lower Manhattan honoring the victims of September 11th, Little Rock's Central High School, which was a focal point for this nation's desegregation battle, Holocaust centers in the states of Michigan and Washington, and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.  (Written by Rick Cohen Created on Tuesday, 26 March 2013)

 

 

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Institute of Real Estate Management

About IREM

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) has been the source for education, membership, resources and information for real estate management professionals since 1933. An affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, IREM is the only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors. In addition to serving both sectors, what sets IREM apart? Getting you from point A to B in your career isn’t our only goal – IREM evolves with you, helping you reach milestone after milestone as you progress in your career.

As a global organization, IREM brings real estate management professionals together from all over the world. With a network spanning 81 U.S. chapters, eight international chapters and several other global partnerships, our membership comprises over 18,000 individual members and 500 corporate members worldwide.

 

Here are a few of our Great Oaks Landscape & Maintenance team members at our booth at the IREM: Institute of Real Estate Manaement Trade Show.

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Building Industry Association

ABOUT Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan, BIA

Established in 1929, The Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan (BIA) is a non-profit organization dealing with construction and remodeling industry in metropolitan Detroit and southeastern Michigan. The company is led by a Board of Directors and its CEO Mr. Michael Stoskopf who are always in a continuous effort to elevate this organization to the zenith of success. Their membership includes builders, developers, property owners, and suppliers to the single family and multi-family residential construction industry. As an Association, they are helping their members by providing high-quality new homes and remodeled homes that are safer, energy efficient and technologically advanced. 'Novi Home Improvement Show' and 'Spring Home & Garden Show' are their two upcoming which certainly enlighten the people in their quest and also strengthen the profile of the organization.

 

Check out Great Oaks Landscape's booth at the BIA Show.
They were involved in this years Builders Industry Association Trade Show.

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Great Oaks Landscape 2013 Motor City Golf and Travel Show at Cobo Center Macomb Hall.

2013 Motor City Golf and Travel Show.

Great Oaks Landscape just completed its involvement in this past weekend’s inaugural Motor City Golf and Travel Show. The three day event was held at the Cobo center in downtown Detroit. The show, which is the first large-scale golf expo held in Detroit featured 118 vendors that included local golf courses, golf suppliers, golf simulators, a children’s putting course and more. The show helped bring people into the city and used the opportunity to give back to the local community as 20% of ticket sales will benefit local charities. Great Oaks would like to extend a thank you to show promoter Corey Byron for his vision and determination to create this destination in the city of Detroit.

Charity was one of the driving forces behind the show. In addition to the local charities the show will benefit, the show hosted a hole-in-one contest for $25,000 which the proceeds went to the Folds of Honor Foundation. Great Oaks Landscape created the 36-yard hole: complete with trees up to 25’ tall, 2 sand bunkers, 3 tees and the target green. The hole was modeled after the No.2 hole of Treetops Resort’s Signature Course. There were a total of 5 hole-in-ones for the weekend but none came on the one shot the counted for the $25,000 prize. However, that did not dampen the spirits, as that event in particular provided a lot of cheers and excitement throughout the weekend.

A special thanks is extended to our own Patrick Grelak for the work he did in creating the par three hole. Patrick, our resident golf course/ landscape designer; designed, organized and constructed the hole which received rave reviews from the attendees and vendors.  Many saw the potential we can create in their own back yards! With our abilities to design and construct residential practice greens, target greens and even full holes or more there is no reason people cannot enjoy golf in their own back yards.

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Great Oaks Landscape of Michigan Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award

Great Oaks Landscape of Michigan Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award

 

Great Oaks Landscape of Michigan Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award -- January 21, 2013 

Great Oaks Landscape of Novi, Michigan has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, Houzz is the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design for exterior and interior architectural and design projects. Great Oaks Landscape has raised the bar for luxuriously landscaped properties. Commercial and residential projects alike benefit from our ability to envision both the grand design and the smallest detail. From conception and design to installation and year round maintenance, we are uniquely capable of delivering sophisticated results. Great Oaks Landscape continues to excel because of a shared commitment to a single idea: creating the most breathtaking outdoor spaces imaginable. “Houzz provides homeowners with an in depth, 360 degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Great Oaks Landscape among our “Best Of” professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.

"We Landscape, Therefore We Are"

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals.

Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users. With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-­‐rated professionals like Great Oaks Landscape, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community. About Houzz Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc "Michigan’s Premiere Landscape Company, Offering High-End Design, Flawless Installation And Impeccable Maintenance.

“Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz

Annual Open to the Public Event

Great Oaks Landscape opens up its doors to the public for its Annual Open to the Public Event. Come walk through our nursery, get advice from professionals, get specials/discounts and the opportunity to purchase Great Oaks Landscape's rare tree specimens and plant material. Don't miss out on this once a year event!

Great Oaks Landscape opens up its doors to the public for its Annual Open to the Public Event. Come walk through our nursery, get advice from professionals, get specials/discounts and the opportunity to purchase Great Oaks Landscape's rare tree specimens and plant material. Don't miss out on this once a year event!

 

Our Nursery:

 4-5' Emerald Green Arborvitae typically $32/ea. for this weekend ONLY buy 1 for $24 get 1 FREE

 Large Caliper Deciduous Trees

 Magnificent Evergreens Trees

 Beautiful Varieties of Ornamental Shrubs, Perennials, & Annuals 

 

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Creating the most breathtaking Landscaping Imaganable

 

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Bible Garden opening in West Bloomfield

Bible Garden opening in West Bloomfield

By Mayuri Munot, Oakland Press, May 29, 2011.

Gardening enthusiasts and people of all faiths will gather for the dedication and opening of Michigan's largest and most "meticulously designed" Bible Garden on June 5.

The garden will open to the public at 11 a.m. for its dedication of the Louis and Fay Woll Memorial Bible Garden, which is located on the campus of Congregation Beth Ahm, 5075 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield.

The dedication and public opening will include tours of the garden, which displays many biblical and botanical themes.
"The garden allows visitors to experience multiple biblical themes and view some of the plants, trees, and flowers mentioned in the Bible," said David Goodman, executive director of Congretional Beth Ahm.

The garden is composed of actual plant and tree species noted in the Bible, according to a news release. The species of plants, flowers and trees are identified by both their biblical references and botanical names.

"I wanted to honor the memory of my parents by creating something of beauty, of spirituality, of renewal and of celebration, which could be connected to the unending living link of the Jewish people," said Douglas Woll, visionary for the project.

The garden will be open in the spring, summer and fall from sunrise to sunset.

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Corp! Magazine recognized Michigan’s “Economic Bright Spots” at its fourth annual awards breakfast at the Michigan State University Management Center in Troy, Michigan

Among the wide range of companies to be honored are an automotive dealership, software providers, law firms, a snack food manufacturer, financial institutions and landscapers.

The state and national economy certainly have their share of mixed messages.

Even though statistically the Great Recession is over, the rebound has been slow and painful, with housing prices still falling, unemployment levels still far higher than pre-2008 and state and local governments contending with budget deficits that by law they must solve. Yet Michigan’s traditional economic engine — the automotive industry — seems to be improving, and there are a number of other companies that are doing well.

Corp! Magazine will recognize Michigan’s “Economic Bright Spots” at its fourth annual awards breakfast June 11 at the Michigan State University Management Center in Troy. Among the wide range of companies to be honored are an automotive dealership, software providers, law firms, a snack food manufacturer, financial institutions and landscapers.

Commercial work for office buildings and subdivisions used to be Great Oaks Landscape Associates’ bread and butter, but when the recession hit, the company turned to a renewed emphasis on residential work and strengthening its maintenance division — including its snow-removal program. It even opened its 20-acre nursery in the Novi area to the public, creating a thriving retail outlet. More than just a landscape company, Great Oaks is a design-and-build firm with six landscape architects and designers with a nursery that can provide large and unusual plant materials.


“We are currently doing work for a rock star, a baseball player and a hockey player — homes from up to $1 million, but also smaller projects starting at $5,000,” said Gary Roberts, president and creative director. “The people who come to us are the ones who want the design, functionality, the creativeness and uniqueness in their landscapes.” Founded in 1981, the company has a well-earned reputation of high integrity and high level of performance and contacts with building architects, interior decorators and developers. That loyal base of supporters continues to provide business leads of all sizes to Great Oaks. “When opportunities come along we give our customers good service, good product and good respect, and it’s helped us out quite a bit,” Roberts said. “Some of the smaller landscape companies are going out of business or don’t compete with us.” The biggest challenge facing the firm this year is just trying to find enough qualified, quality work that can keep its trade groups busy. To help generate more leads, Great Oaks has turned more and more to online marketing.www.greatoakslandscape.com

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C and G Newspaper: Synagogue grows Bible garden

Synagogue grows Bible garden

Synagogue grows Bible garden

West Bloomfield

July 5, 2011

By Eric Czarnik
C & G Staff Writer

 

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s not the Garden of Eden, but new landscaping at a West Bloomfield synagogue will take visitors on a botanical journey through the history of the Hebrew Bible.

Congregation Beth Ahm is opening its Louis and Fay Woll Memorial Bible Garden to the public after dedicating it a few weeks ago. The garden, which contains 19 different species of plants based on the scriptures, is confined to a small area near the side of the synagogue.

Rabbi Steven Rubenstein said the idea came from congregation member Doug Woll, who donated money to create a garden to honor the memory of his parents. Rubenstein said Woll told him about the concept of Bible gardens, and the rabbi thought it was a great idea.

“In the narrative section of the Bible ... the flowers and the plants and the trees are really part and parcel with what the land of Israel is all about,” he said.

Rubenstein said plant life is frequently mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Such plants as the lily are used metaphorically in the romance poetry of the Song of Songs.

Jewish lore also instills certain lessons with different plants. One tradition compares pomegranates to the Torah because the fruit’s many seeds are comparable to the many commandments of Jewish law.

The Bible garden took several months to design and nine months to complete, according to designer Gary Roberts, who owns Great Oaks Landscape & Maintenance of Novi. Roberts said he attended the synagogue as a child and was delighted to lead the project, adding that it takes walkers on a tour of the Bible’s stories while explaining the significance of shrubs, flowers and trees.

“In this case, we went more through the scenes and themes to represent a passage of time through the Bible,” he said. “In that way, the rabbi or anybody could walk through with knowledge of the Bible.”

The garden contains murals and five scenes reflecting different points of biblical stories or Judaism, such as the Garden of Eden and Abraham’s tent. A stone pathway between two pools of water symbolizes the crossing of the sea described in Exodus. Guests climb a few steps to reach the exhibit of Mount Sinai, where Moses is described as receiving God’s commandments.

The garden ends with a replica of the Western Wall, a Jerusalem landmark that dates back to the era of the Second Temple — before that building was destroyed by the Romans almost 2,000 years ago.

People from around the world visit the Western Wall and stick prayer requests between the stones, and some people have done the same to the model wall at Congregation Beth Ahm’s Bible garden.

Not every plant species in Beth Ahm’s Bible garden has a scriptural origin, as some are there to fill out and complement the visuals. Relevant plant species have a sign in front of them with a biblical passage, as well as the plant’s Latin and common names.

Because the climate of Israel differs from Michigan’s, Roberts said he sometimes had to make some slight substitutions in representing certain plants.

“Symbolically, there’s a cedar from Lebanon,” he said. “Instead of that, we’re using Alaskan cedar, which is hardier. We used an autumn olive to represent the olive tree and the olive branches.”

Rubenstein said the garden’s purpose will vary upon the audience, but he described it as a place where people who value the Bible can learn more about it. A Jewish senior home and a Waterford church have already requested tours, he added.

He compared the garden to one of its exhibits. Just like Abraham’s tent, the garden is intended to be open on all sides and welcoming to visitors.

“We were hoping it’s a reminder and representation of what our synagogue is about, that we let people in,” he said.

Congregation Beth Ahm is located at 5075 W. Maple Road. To learn more, call (248) 851-6880.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at eczarnik@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1058. 

 

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Great Oaks Landscape Creates Award-Winning Hidden Lake Estates

Hidden Lake Estates in Clinton twp, Michigan. Large terrace with open sitting area and beautiful landscape design

Hidden Lake Estates is an experience not found in other residential communities. As one turns into the boulevard entry the site and sound of a 45' waterfall cascading over the entry sign sets the tone for this natural, active minded residential community. As one continues down the main drive towards the stone and timber frame gatehouse and past the stone and timber frame arbor, the sheer volume of the entry and the size and quantity of the specimen plant material become an in indication of the dramatic community which lies ahead. Each visitor or resident becomes surrounded with a perfectly designed combination of evergreens, flowering trees and annual flowers which creates an experience of scale, depth and drama never before offered. Driving past multiple fountains and a massive waterfall spilling into two small lakes in which the gatehouse sits is enough to be a complete experience but is just the beginning. Hidden Lake Estates in Green Oaks Township is one of Livingston County’s premier luxury subdivisions. It just north of Silver Lake Road and neighbors Brighton and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The entry at Hidden Lake is a unique use of water. Usually a water feature is just that – a feature within the landscape. At Hidden Lake the water element is the common denominator into which the wonderful entry landscape is integrated. The water begins in an upper pool and cascades boldly down to the first small lake. It slips gently under the boulevard bridge into the main lake. The water that is not thrust 25’ into the air meanders through a stone river, over a second set of falls and under a footbridge to the last small lake. It is in this area that the second geyser can be found.

Back in the main small lake sets the gatehouse. Not just next to it, but in it. A yin and yang of hard and soft material, static and ever moving, opaque and translucent. Hidden Lake is a perfect blend solid and liquid. 

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Merit Award in Jown Renovation - March-April 2010

Merit Award in town Renovation

Merit Award in Jown Renovation

Category: Residential Design/Build

Designed by: Cathy Rosenhaus & Patrick McCauley,
Great Oaks Landscape Associates

Hardscape installed by: Derek Spurlock of Spurlock Interlocking Brick
Cathy Rosenhaus of Great Oaks Landscape Associates

In the heart of trendy and fashionable downtown Birminham, Michigan our client requested a stylish landscape and entertainment area that mirrored the character of his newly renovated house. In addition to this request, was the desire for a sense of privacy and enclosure. Thirdly, poor drainage existed on the flat lot that needed to be remedied. 

In response, Great Oaks created an exterior living space that balances with the renovated residence and the neighborhood as well. 

To create and craft a clean unified look on such a tight lot, a limited palette of ornamental and foliage plants were artistically blended to produce the simple yet inviting rooms of this landscape. The cooperation of neighbors also helped with the success of this renovation. Property lines were overlooked in order to create plantings and hedges that not only improved our client’s house but created a unified look for all. 

An inventive way to improve drainage within the driveway and direct the downspout runoff underground was devised by saw cutting the concrete drive, laying perforated drain tile within these cuts and inlaying these trenches with granite cobble set in sand as an elegant alternative to a trench drain. This remedy also created rugged architectural bands that run across the driveway. 

However, the greatest challenge to overcome was the city’s impermeable lot coverage limitations. Great Oaks had to create a larger patio space while keeping the impermeable coverage at or below its previous percent. This was accomplished by constructing a patio with 

dry laid bluestone pads and granite banding jointed with permeable sand. This allows rain and storm water to penetrate the surface and thus eliminates any runoff. 

The resulting landscape is strong and full of character yet inviting and unified through its simplistic nature.

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Garden Of Inspiration

Garden Of Inspiration

Jewish News - September, 2010
David Sachs | Senior Copy Editor
Brett Mountain | Photographer

At most synagogues, the prayer leader cajoles daily worshipers to be sure to arrive on time. But at Congregation Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield, it’s suggested congregants show up just a little early to meditate for a moment before morning prayers.
The attraction?
An outdoor garden that offers an enticing escape into the biblical Land of Israel. The winding garden path adjacent to the synagogue takes visitors, old and young, on a journey through five highlights of Jewish history.
People enter at the lush Garden of Eden, stroll past Abraham and Sarah’s open-sided tent, dampen the soles of their shoes as they escape Egypt across the parted Red Sea, step up to receive the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai and complete the journey at the Temple’s Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Lining the path are 19 examples of plants, flowers, trees and shrubs indigenous to the Bible (Tanach). Signs provide a biblical reference for each plant. In addition, beautiful mosaic murals explain each of the five biblical scenes. A detailed brochure provides further insight.
The Bible Garden idea began with Dr. Doug Woll, a physician from West Bloomfield who wanted to create a memorial to his parents, Louis and Fay Woll, that also would serve to beautify the landscape of the synagogue. Doug’s wife, Dr. Margo Woll, a dentist, is the newly sworn-in president of Beth Ahm.
The Woll family share a generational devotion to the congregation, going back to Doug’s childhood days in Detroit when the shul was known as Beth Abraham.
Doug’s sister Mindy Dunn, who now lives in Las Vegas with her children Brooke and Bradley, was also part of the household.
The creative process began in 2008 with a year of research and visits to bible gardens in California. A year ago, Doug hired Gary Roberts of Great Oaks Landscape in Novi to help design and build the garden. In addition, Beth Ahm Rabbi Steven Rubenstein and Executive Director David Goodman participated in the planning.
The five mosaic murals in the garden were designed and created by Gary’s sister Gail Roberts, an artist in Tucson, Ariz. Gail, coincidentally, was a classmate of Doug’s at Detroit’s Henry Ford High School and both Gary and Gail attended Congregation Beth Moses in Detroit, which later merged into Beth Ahm.
Ground was broken this past spring and the labor of love was completed just in time for Beth Ahm congregants to marvel at it during Rosh Hashanah. Already, a bris has been performed in the open space in front of the Western Wall; and Doug anticipates the venue could be used for small weddings, educational classes and other gatherings.
He anticipates that groups of religious schoolchildren, both Jewish and non-Jewish, will take advantage of the learning opportunities the garden has to offer.

A Unique Experience
Bible gardens usually have one of two characteristics, Doug said. One type only displays plants mentioned in the Bible. The other type re-creates scenes from the Bible. “I wanted to do both,” he said.
Doug wouldn’t say how much he and Margo spent on the garden, but he admitted he got “caught up” in the whirlwind of the project and added more and more features, exceeding their budget. “But we are very happy that it came out so beautiful,” he said.
“Gary Roberts did a phenomenal job,” Doug added, noting Gary’s company also landscaped the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills and the main gardens at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield.
“For the Western Wall,” said Gary, “we brought in large chunks of stone — and chiseled, sandblasted and carved them.
“A garden like this hasn’t been done elsewhere, according to the books I’ve seen. It will have people walking through it and telling stories.”
Rabbi Rubenstein said the aspect he liked most was Abraham and Sarah’s open tent. “Welcoming strangers is a Jewish value that our congregation takes seriously,” he said.
“It’s a tremendous gift to the congregation that the Wolls have offered us,” the rabbi added. “Doug’s work has been tireless. It’s a dedication both to the synagogue and to his parents’ memory.”

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Anne Frank Sapling to Bloom in Michigan

Anne Frank Sapling to Bloom in Michigan

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CENTER ZEKELMAN FAMILY CAMPUS NEWSLETTER - Winter 2010

"For there is hope for the tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease." Job 14:7

These words will soon become reality as our Holocaust Center becomes home to a sapling from Anne Frank's tree! Anne gazed upon this tree during her time in hiding and often included it in her diary:  "thickly covered with leaves ... on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver." While the life of the 150-year-old ailing horse chestnut tree is coming to an end, its symbolism  will live on as the result of a competition sponsored by the Anne Frank Center, USA. The journey of 11 saplings from Amsterdam to sites in the U.S., including the 9/11 Memorial and the White House, began last April.

The tree itself will be quarantined for three years per the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but we are moving forward at full speed with plans for fundraising, exhibit design, and educational  programs. The tree will be placed in a garden at the south side of the campus, allowing visitors to walk up the Ramp of the Righteous, and encounter a permanent Anne Frank Exhibit, including an  attic stairwell, where visitors can view the tree though an attic pane.

The HMC is deeply indebted to Joel Smith of Neumann Smith Architecture; Randall K. Metz of Grissim, Metz, Andriese Associates Landscape Architecture; and Gary Roberts of Great Oaks Landscape. Their professional documentation and sterling reputations went a long way toward the acceptance of our proposal.

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Detroit Home Magazine Awards Great Oaks 1st place for Best Residential Landscape Water Feature

Great Oaks Landscape wins 1st place for best Residential Landscape Water Feature
Great Oaks Landscape Associates is proud to announce that Great Oaks Landscape has won 1st place from Detroit Home Magazine for Best Residential Landscape Waterfeature. The waterfeature was a large waterfall flowing into a man-made pond in front of an Oakland Township Estate. The property has tremendous amount of features including a golf course, limestone gazebo in middle of pool and spa patio, and an outdoor kicthen and living area creating the ultimate outdoor living space. The five-acre site allowed for a dynamic feature and 
 
 
This is a five-acre site on a golf course in Oakland Township. The total development of this parcel included a brick and stone drive, walks, pool, deck, and large-scale plantings. Our client wanted a pond and waterfall at the entrance to his home where along with his wife and grandchildren, he could stroll, sit, and enjoy the outdoors.
 Great Oaks Landscape took this opportunity to create something truly unique and momentous. The waterfal is Twelve feet high and 120 feet long, this waterfall has a maximum flow of 6,000 gallons a
minute and flow over the lip with no visible water source. A 10’x10’ underground vault holds the plumbing, pumps, and mechanics to operate the three zones that can operate simultaneously, or separately depending on the wishes of the client. Roaring waters or a gentle cascading flow that the children can play in is easily controlled by the flick of a switch.
 
. Flow can be switched from roaring to gentle allowing the resident to view the luxrious landscape installation from several different scenery views.
 
 

 

American Corinthian granite slabs (some as large as 12’) were held in place by the excavator while being chiseled and mortared for the vertical installation. A thirty-inch caliper Crimson King maple was relocated to the top of the falls at the onset of the project.
 

Detroit Home Magazine 2010

Detroit Home

The desire to be surrounded with beauty is only natural. To devote your life to it, that's passion. At Great Oaks Landscpe, we dedicate our lives to creating the most spectacular outdoor spaces imaginable. As one of the finest full-service design-build companies in Michigan, Great Oaks can take your project from initial concept to year-round elegance. Offering Design, Installation and Maintenance services, we provide the most complete landscape and horticulture services in the state. From gorgeous estate grounds to quaint bungalow gardens to sophisticated commercial and retail surroundings - large scale or small, PERFECTION is our bottom line.

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Great Oaks landscape has been awarded the new Landscape Installation for the Toledo Zoo.

Great Oaks landscape has been awarded the new Landscape Installation for the Toledo Zoo.

Great Oaks landscape has been awarded the new Landscape Installation for the Toledo Zoo. Great Oaks Landscape teamed up with The Bostleman Corporation of Toledo. This will be Great Oaks Landscape's first time designing a Zoo and we are honored to be the landscape contractors for a landscape which will help the people in the community and the City of Toledo. We look forward to helping them improve the landscape at the Toledo Zoo.

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Great Oaks Landscape Awarded job to be Landscaping Contractors of Twelve Oaks Mall

Great Oaks Landscape was awarded the job to be the landscape contractors for Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan

Great Oaks Landscape was chosen to partner with Clark Construction to help transform the landscape of twelve oaks Mall for the Taubman Company.  We helped beautify four public entries to the mall with new plantings, pavers, site furniture and irrigation.  the road entries and signage off Novi Road and 12 Mile were also re-landscaped, as well as the surrounding parking areas.

 

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Great Oaks Landscape becoming known as Michigan’s Premier Residential Landscape Company

Great Oaks Landscaoe, Michigan's Premier Landscape Company, Offering High-End Design, Flawless Installation and Impeccable Maintenance

Great Oaks Landscaoe, Michigan's Premier Landscape Company, Offering High-End Design, Flawless Installation and Impeccable Maintenance

Great Oaks Becoming Michigan’s Premier Residential Landscape Company

Grand Opening of George George Memorial Park

Grand Opening of George George Memorial Park

In early July 2008 the grand opening of George George Memorial Park took place in Clinton Township.  Great Oaks was contracted to lead the design and installation of the 30 acre tree-lined park.  The park hosts two dramatic and stunning fountains, a wedding garden and butterfly garden.  There are over 5000 ft of walking and biking trails, an expansive children’s play area and striking wetlands which were created to improve water quality and create habitat for birds and other wildlife.  We worked with Fenn Surveying and Derosier Architects to craft one of the most beautiful, inviting and environmentally conscious parks in Southeast Michigan.

 

 

Great Oaks Landscape Associates: The Art of Landscape Marketing

Builder/Architect Magazine - Ad Great Oaks Landscape Associates: The Art of Landscape Marketing

Great Oaks Landscape Associates: The Art of Landscape Marketing

Landscaping can be a powerful marketing tool. Landscape features not only set the tone for a development,

but immediately defines the identity and quality of a community. When a prospective home buyer visits a new development, first

impressions are imprinted on their imagination by the appearance of the main entrance, landscape features and outdoor amenities such as 

walkways, gazebos and water, park and play areas. Landscape features are essential in defining the community, and the home buyer's

perception of their future lifestyle within the community. Great Oaks Landscape Associates, Inc. is the Detroit area's foremost

landscape design/build firm specializing in creating memorable, distinctive

environments for new homes and developments. Founded in 1981 by Gary Roberts, Great Oaks Landscape Associates, Inc. is

instrumental in transforming legions of harsh or mundane land parcels into the area's most spectacular, highly desirable residential

neighborhoods, giving each a character and identity of its own. It's a skill that Great Oaks has refined through years of creative inspiration,

determination and experience.

Builder Architect Magazine: Great Oaks Landscape Special Feature

Great Oaks wins 6 Awards in 2005 including 1st,2nd, and 3rd place for “Residential Development Landscape” in 2005.

Great Oaks wins 6 Awards in 2005 including 1st,2nd, and 3rd place for “Residential Development Landscape” in 2005.
Hidden Lake is an experience not found in other residential communities. As one turns into the boulevard entry the site and sound of a 45’ waterfall cascading over the entry sign sets the tone for this natural, active minded residential community. As one 
continues down the main drive towards the stone and timber frame gatehouse and past the stone and timber frame arbor, the sheer volume of the entry and the size and quantity of the specimen plant material become an in indication of the dramatic community which lies ahead. Each visitor or resident becomes surrounded with a perfectly designed combination of evergreens, flowering trees and annual flowers which creates an experience of scale, depth and drama never before offered. Driving past multiple fountains and a massive waterfall spilling into two small lakes in which the gatehouse sits is enough to be a complete experience but is just the beginning 
 
The entry at Hidden Lake is a unique use of water. Usually a water feature is just that – a feature within the landscape. At Hidden Lake the water element is the common denominator into which the wonderful entry landscape is integrated.
The water begins in an upper pool and cascades boldly down to the first small lake. It slips gently under the boulevard bridge into the main lake. The water that is not thrust 25’ into the air meanders through a stone river, over a second set of falls and under a footbridge to the last small lake. It is in this area that the second gyser can be found.
 
Back in the main small lake sets the gatehouse. Not just next to it, but in it. A yin and yang of hard and soft material, static and evermoving, opaque and translucent. Hidden Lake is a perfect blend solid and liquid.
 
 
 
 
 

Bellagio-Great Oaks Landscape & Cambridge Properties Team up to Create Super-Subdivision

Bellagio Subdivision Northville Michigan

Bellagio, is the premier, sophisticated gated residential development consisting of premium plant material specimen trees and the finest materials available. Limestone and brick were used extensively to provide the old world look and charm and the plant selection and layout were designed in the traditional style that makes just driving into the community a wonderful experience. The way the walls and plants curve inward, the site captures you instantly and leads you through the entire experience as you move through the development admiring countless details in the hardscape and perfectly manicured plant material. Flowers, water, iron, brick, limestone, plants and trees work in symphony to create an orchestra of landscape splendor.

The way Great Oaks Landscape created the landscape design was unique and something very landscaped communities offer. The walls and plants curve inward, the site captures you instantly and leads you through the entire experience as you move through the development admiring countless details in the hardscape and perfectly manicured plant material. Flowers, water, iron, brick, limestone, plants and trees work in symphony to create an orchestra of landscape splendor. 

 

Great Oaks Landscape Founded in 1981 by Gary Roberts

Great Oaks Landscape was founded in 1981

 At Its Best, Landscape Architecture Is Fine Art, The Artist Viewing A Rough Landscape As A Blank Canvas, To Which He Brings Imagination And A Respect For The Order Of Nature. Throughout The Creative Process, He Draws Upon Shape, Proportion, Size, Texture And Hue To Yield A Masterpiece That Delights The Senses. The Superior Artistry Of Great Oaks Landscaping Graces Many Of The Most Prestigious Residential And Commercial Properties In Michigan, Delighting Admirers With Both Form And Function. The Immense Creativity And Attention To Detail Of Owner Gary Roberts Is Evidenced In Each And Every Great Oaks Landscape, Where Again And Again His Inspiration Gives Voice To The Land. Drawing Upon A Property's Innate Riches And Working With Its Natural Character, Great Oaks Blends Traditional And Novel Solutions To Create Award Winning Landscapes That Have Been Frequently Emulated Throughout The Company's History. Great Oaks' Private Nursery Expands The Pallet Of Available Trees And Plants, From Those Indigenous To The Region, To The Rare And Exotic. And Great Oaks' Unique Abilities Include The Transplanting Of Exceptionally Large Trees, For New Landscapes With A Mature, Balanced Appearance. Creative Inspiration Is The Signature Of Every Great Oaks Landscape. Water Softly Splashing In A Romantic Fountain. The Old-World Charm Of Sculpture And Imported Stone. Architectural Elements That Add Enchantment And Splendor. Indeed, A Landscape Designed And Installed By Great Oaks Offers Unrivaled Excellence. Perfect Upon Completion, Every Landscape Is Created For Timeless Beauty To Enhance The Enjoyment, Stature And Value Of Any Property.

The Art of Great Oaks Landscape