Lawrence Landscape, Inc. provides superior landscape services in the city of Lawrence, Kansas and the surrounding area by using the highest quality products, the latest technology and the best people available in the marketplace today. We are engaged in a process of continuous improvement through research, training and introspection. Some of the many services we provide for residential and commerical properties include Landscape Design, Installation and Maintenance, Sprinkler System Installation and Maintenance, and Swimming Pool Installation and Maintenance.
In the early 1980’s, Glen Westervelt had a vision to create a customer oriented landscape service company that would provide quality service and products at a fair price to the residents of Lawrence and the surrounding areas. In 1987 that vision became a reality when he created Lawrence Landscape. That vision became even more obtainable when Frank Male became a partner later that same year. The business was incorporated in 1988. Today, Lawrence Landscape is the largest and most experienced landscape company in the region.
As Lawrence Landscape has grown over the past 25 years, it has generated an entire family of companies to include Midwest Custom Pools, LLC (specializing in custom concrete and fiberglass pool construction),
Because of Glen and Frank’s vision to create a full service, customer oriented business, they have attracted numerous individuals to the Lawrence Landscape team who are leaders in the areas of design, construction, maintenance, and plant health and production.and LLI Tree Farm, Inc. (specializing in locally grown plants, and bulk landscape materials). Due to the high demand for quality products, a retail center at the tree farm will be open to the public in the spring of 2011.
Please call Lawrence Landscape to discover how we can bring this history and experience to your project.
Glen Westervelt- President and CEO
Glen Westervelt brings 33 years of Landscape Contracting experience to our team. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in Business Management. Glen grew up in Manhattan, Kansas where he was involved in a family owned nursery business. Glen moved to Lawrence in the spring of 1986 and started Lawrence Landscape. He is involved in every aspect of each of the businesses in the Lawrence Landscape family (Lawrence Landscape, Midwest Custom Pools and LLI Tree Farm) and acts as President of each of them. His favorite part of his job is finding new challenges for his staff and developing long term relationships with his clients.
Frank Male- Production Manager, Vice President of Cat Herding
Frank Male is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who attended Kansas State University from 1980 to 1985 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture. Frank joined Glen Westervelt and Lawrence Landscape in March of 1987. His “official” title is Production Manager, but Glen keeps changing the job responsibilities and therefore every month is a new adventure. As Production Manager, Frank schedules crews for residential and commercial landscaping, as well as irrigation installation. Some of the projects that Frank is most proud of include the Elmore pool and backyard landscape, the Lawrence school district’s sports fields retaining walls, the landscaping at the Westwood Subdivision (located Northwest of Free State High School), the new pharmacy building at Kansas University, and at the Bio Science Incubator building at West Campus.
Frank believes strongly in continuing education and the PLANET (Professional Landcare Network), our national professional organization. Frank has earned the designation of Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) by surviving a four hour written test on marketing and sales, risk law and contracts, production operations, financial management, corporate citizenship, strategic planning and human resources. He also earned the Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) from Planet which involved written tests on safety, plan reading and plant sensitivities, as well as a fourteen module hands on field test that included machine operation, tree and sod installation, plant identification, irrigation troubleshooting and repairs and other topics. Frank was the first in Kansas to achieve both of these designations.
Chas Benton-Maintenance Supervisor
Chas Benton is originally from Southwest Kansas. In May of 2006 he graduated from Kansas State University with a Horticulture major with an emphasis in Turf Management. Upon graduation he spent one year working for a landscape/sod company in Southwest Kansas. In April of 2007, Chas joined Lawrence Landscape as a landscape crew supervisor. Later that year he was promoted to the Maintenance Supervisor position. Currently Chas is a Certified Pesticide Applicator, is Landscape Industry Certified, and possesses a Commercial Driver’s License. Chas is married to Katie Benton. They have three children, Kaylan, Braydon and Taylor.
John Karrasch- Senior Landscape Designer
John is directing the company’s residential design and marketing efforts. John grew up in Savannah, Missouri where he farmed with his family. He obtained his degree in landscape architecture with a minor in community planning from Kansas State University in 1995. During college, John joined the Army Reserves. During his activation for Desert Storm, he received the Army Commendation Medal for his efforts while on active duty. After college, John joined the Urban Planning Group with HNTB Architects/Engineers of Kansas City. While with HNTB, John had the privilege of working on numerous projects, such as the Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Light Rail Initiative, Power and Light District, and the Kansas Speedway. After HNTB, John started a landscape design/construction company where his focus was on creative residential design. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Knights of Columbus. John lives in Leavenworth with his wife of 20 years and their two sons.
Leonard Bremenkamp- Commercial Landscape Estimator
Leonard Bremenkamp grew up in Northwest Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Turf Management. He has worked at Lawrence Landscape since 1999 as a Commercial Estimator. His hobbies include shooting things, outdoor adventures and general mayhem.
John Leonard- Landscape Designer
John is originally from a small rural town in northeastern Ohio. His first degree is in Industrial Design, from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He has worked in retail nurseries, as well as various supervisory positions in residential and commercial landscape companies. He also has extensive experience in golf course construction and maintenance. Hello- He worked at SeaWorld Theme Park in the horticulture department!! He attended Ohio State Univesrity and earned his bachelor's in Landscape Architecture and has been in landscape design and construction for the past 5 years. He came to Lawrence Landscape in March of 2012. So far, he's enjoying the college community feeling of Lawrence. And although he doesn't speak fluent "Kansas" yet, he's working on it! Don't blame him for being a Buckeye... Welcome, John!
Laurel Sears- Landscape Designer, Marketing Maven
Laurel Sears is a designer with a focus on landscapes that meet client needs and possess horticultural integrity. She considers herself a Lawrence native, having moved to Lawrence in early childhood. Her background is in art and design, and horticulture. She graduated from KU with a BFA and went on to teach art to alternative learners all over Kansas. When she and her husband started a family, she decided to pursue horticulture and joined the JCCC Horticultural Entrepreneurship program. She loves to use color, texture and scale to achieve a balanced and beautiful yardscape. She also aims to design landscapes that resonate with her clients, expand their outdoor living space and allow the plant material to shine!
A Lawrence native and graduate of Lawrence High School, Dean Gore also studied at both Kansas University and Kansas State University. He gained his Associate Degree from the Kansas City Turf grass School, a program run by Longview and Johnson County Community Colleges. Dean is a past member of the Golf Course Superintendants Association. He has 13 years of golf course management experience with time at Overland Park’s two golf courses, Shadow Glen Golf Course, Rivercliff Golf Course of Arkansas, as well as Alvamar Golf Complex. In addition, Dean had 12 years of landscaping experience before he came to Lawrence Landscape in 2003. Dean is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician for Turf Maintenance and a Kansas Certified Pesticide Applicator. At Lawrence Landscape his emphasis in on turf management and tree care.
Brian Ledbetter has been with Lawrence Landscape since June of 2010. He is an Equipment Operator. Brian is one of Lawrence Landscape’s most determined employees. He has been known to convince a crane operator to lift his stuck machine out of a hole so that a pool can be dropped in and has pushed snow while suffering with the stomach flu. Brian also has experience digging ditches and boring.
Matt Blair, Certified Landscape Technician in Exterior Irrigation, is one of Lawrence Landscape’s Irrigation Technicians. Matt is certified in backflow testing and repair. He also works as a Landscape and Irrigation Installer. Matt has been with the company since 2008.
Derek has been with Lawrence Landscape for 5 years. He is a landscape supervisor. He is also a certified Landscape Technician (PLANET).
Chris has been with Lawrence Landscape for 4 years. He is a landscape supervisor and PLANET certified. (He's not certifiable yet!!)
Red has spent his entire life bringing joy and happiness into the Lawrence Landscape (and Westervelt) family. Red joined Lawrence Landscape as a pup in 2000. He spent his first few months at Lawrence Landscape chewing through four seat belts. Today, you will find him as Glen’s co-pilot, under the office staff’s desk, hunting for a few pheasants, or enjoying a nap on his pillow, When Red is not at work, he spends his time at home with his Westervelt family.