Justin Koen joined our team in August 2017 as our Director of Landscape. Stemming from a high school summer job, his love for horticulture blossomed instantly. Since starting as a laborer at a small family owned landscape and garden center in Leroy, AL in 1999, he has worked directly in almost every facet of the industry including large commercial landscape and irrigation installation, large campus landscape maintenance, Homeowners Association landscape management, installed large scale retaining walls, drainage systems, and erosion mitigation, sod, tree, and shrub nursery production, and of course his favorite, residential landscape design, installation, and maintenance.
Justin served as General Manager of Blooming Colors, a large retail garden center in Auburn, AL as he self-funded his pursuit of his B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture from Auburn University (2004). He credits this role as the backbone of his career as he learned how to use active listening and apply his knowledge and skills to fill his client’s needs and wants. After college, Justin worked as a Project Manager in West Palm Beach Florida and Atlanta Georgia before returning to Auburn to start his own residential landscape design/build firm where he could do what he really loved; working one on one with homeowners to design and build their own unique personal spaces. Fate brought him to Baldwin County in 2014 and he plans to call the Gulf Coast home from now on.
Delivering the highest quality, life-long landscapes as unique as his clients are what drive him and his pursuit in continuing his education. Justin is licensed by the State of Alabama in Setting of Landscape Plants (SLP) and Landscape Design (LD) and has earned certificates as a Certified Landscape Manager and Certified Urban Forester through Auburn University at Montgomery. He has also earned a certificate from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute as a certified installer of concrete pavers. He is currently pursuing his International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist certification.
When he isn’t designing, building, or managing landscapes he can usually be found spending time with his three young children or teaching his Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Foley (7th and 8th grade boys). Also an avid outdoorsman, Justin is always on the lookout to find a quiet spot in the woods or a calm day to get out on the water hoping to bring home dinner.
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