Originally from Texas, Matt received his degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University. Shortly after moving to Salina, he began working at Twin Valley Nursery. In 1985, Matt established Earthcare Services Landscape and Garden Store. In 1997, he got into the restaurant business when he founded Tucson’s Steakhouse, which he owned until 2011. Landscape Consultants was formed in 2009 as a small design/build firm and in 2013, it was fortunate enough to acquire the assets of the landscape division of Earthcare Services which furthered Matt’s aspirations in landscaping.
Matt Wagoner’s 35+ years in the landscape industry is an invaluable part of Landscape Consultants. From his beginnings as a landscape laborer, to foreman, to the owner of a complete garden store, nursery and landscape operation, his expertise in this business is difficult to match. Matt is inspired by his love for the outdoors, the beauty found in nature, and very wise mentors he has built relationships over the years. With these inspirations comes the goal of leading Landscape Consultants from being a good company, to a great one.
His favorite things about landscaping are the installation experience and the satisfaction of standing back and knowing he was a part of the transformation process. Knowing that he had a hand in a client’s long term enjoyment of their home inspires Matt to keep designing beautiful landscapes.
Laura is originally from Chapman, Kansas and attended Cloud County Community College. Before getting into the landscape business, she worked in journalism and public affairs for 14 years. Laura was active in the horticulture and greenhouse programs with Chapman High School FFA. She joined Landscape Consultants LLC in March 2014 to explore a different career field and pursue her passion for the outdoors.
Laura’s favorite thing about landscaping is having the opportunity to be outside and enjoy nature. She takes a lot of pride in her work and helping clients both create and maintain a personalized natural landscape.
Originally from Burleson, Texas, Jane graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1991 with a B.A. in Education. After graduation, Jane worked over five years for USD 305 and raised four boys. She completed her Master Gardening status in 2008 and started her own landscaping business in 2010 known as Jane’s Landscape Solutions, owning and operating for eight years.
Jane loves designing smaller projects that improve the homeowner’s existing landscape, as well as continued maintenance to keep those projects looking great throughout the seasons. The icing on the cake is creating seasonal pots for her clients.
She enjoys running, kayaking, and watching her husband work in their yard.
Rory is another local from here in Salina. She received her Associates degree from Cloud County Community College in General Studies, and holds a Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License. She has worked for Landscape Consultants for five years, but prior to working with us she worked with various other local landscape providers throughout high school and college.
Rory’s favorite thing about landscaping is knowing that she helped in creating and maintaining perfect outdoor spaces, and the instant gratification following projects from start to finish and beyond.
A Wichita native, Jamie has worked in the landscaping industry for over 15 years. Her experience ranges from working as an assistant maintaining residential and commercial properties, planting, pruning, performing chemical applications, and mowing, to leading our team of maintenance crews as a division supervisor.
Jamie’s favorite thing about landscaping is the ability to transform unmanageable landscapes into the customer’s ideal space. As a landscape maintenance professional, her ideal outdoor space is one that is aesthetically pleasing and low maintenance.
Robin is originally from western Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture. He has an extensive landscaping background, with over fifty years of experience in many different states. He has done the full range of landscaping projects, from landscape maintenance, to tree care, to owning his own landscaping business.
His favorite thing about landscaping is the feeling of accomplishment in creating, building, and maintaining beautiful, comfortable, and relaxing outdoor spaces. His ideal outdoor space is on a back patio, under a pergola, relaxing to the sound of a waterfall surrounded by nice shade trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Another Salina native, Austin graduated from Salina South High School. Before joining Landscape Consultants, he worked as a builder and remodeler of homes. Starting his career 5 years ago with Landscape Consultants on a mowing crew, Austin has expanded his knowledge of the industry and is now a foreman on one of our landscaping crews. Austin loves to be outdoors, enjoys constructing walls, decks, and more, and is excited to be able to witness an outdoor space transform through hard work.
Austin’s biggest inspirations are his father, grandfather, and the fabulous John Wayne. The best place imaginable to spend his time outside would be somewhere out on the countryside, relaxing and enjoying the peacefulness inside a large treehouse.
Dave is from Ellsworth, KS; just west of Salina. He received his degree in Horticulture from Salina Technical College. Since graduating, Dave has spent the last 13+ years learning and fine-tuning his craft as a landscaper. While staying in the Central Kansas area working for local landscape companies, he has become a specialist in stone and rock wall design and construction. Dave is also very experienced in irrigation installation, landscape installation and lawn renovation.
Dave has found inspiration from a number of sources over his lifetime, including his parents, athletic coaches and all of his horticulture teachers in college. They have played a major role in helping Dave reach his goals. Dave’s favorite part of landscaping is simply being outside and enjoying the surrounding landscape and sunshine! He also takes great pride in seeing the customers’ reactions to their newly finished landscape once the job is complete. His ideal outdoor space includes a well-manicured, green sports field or well-maintained garden.
Born and raised in Concordia, Kansas, Maury graduated from Concordia High School and briefly attended Cloud Community College. For the last 35 years, Maury has been employed with numerous landscaping facilities all around Kansas, continually expanding his knowledge and expertise as a landscape installer.
Maury is inspired by his parents, grandparents, and other professionals in the landscape business. The ability to be outdoors, along with meeting all kinds of people in and around the Salina area, and making homeowners a space they can enjoy is Maury’s favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry. He loves to work with others who share a passion for hard work. Maury’s perfect outdoor setting is being in his backyard, relaxing by his fish pond after a day of hard work.
Jason, a Salina native, spent 7 years installing swimming pools, pool tables, and hot tubs before transitioning into landscape installation. His experience in outdoor home entertainment construction has translated beautifully into the landscaping world where, for the last 15 years, his expertise installing water features of all kinds, magnificent patios and walkways, stunning shade structures, beaming nightscaping, fantastic outdoor kitchens and firepits and more has blown customers’ expectations out of the water.
Jason gathers his inspiration helping others and all friends and family who have come and gone in his life. His favorite thing about landscaping is being able to take a dull, blank space and transform it into an amazing place in which customers can enjoy and relax with their friends and family. Jason loves to take any of our designer’s plans to bring them to life. Jason’s ideal outdoor space is underneath a shady tree on a sunny day, next to a Rocky mountain stream, where he can enjoy all of the sights, sounds, and smells nature has to offer.
Jake is from Salina and has over 13 years of experience in the irrigation industry, working primarily here in the Salina area.
He enjoys the opportunity to be creative, and his favorite thing about landscaping is the freedom that comes with working outside and the sense of accomplishment it affords.
Jake’s ideal outdoor space is on a nice patio or deck with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and nice green grass.
Russ is originally from Bartley, Nebraska and graduated with an associate’s degree in applied science from Garden City Community College. He has been in the landscape business for the past 11 years doing irrigation sales/service/design. His irrigation experience started in Garden City where he worked at the local golf course, mowing, trimming and repairing irrigation. After working as an assistant golf course superintendent for 10 years in Topeka, Russ moved to Salina where he became an installation/service technician before moving into design/sales.
Russ finds his inspiration from family and the great outdoors. His favorite thing about landscaping is the ability to work outdoors. Russ’s love for the outdoors, where he can not only work, but also spend time hunting and fishing, are very important.
Gary was raised on a dairy farm in northcentral Kansas, where he learned the value of hard work and the commitment it takes to be successful. He has always loved the outdoor environment, but also had an interest in art and design while enjoying construction work. All these interests came together when Gary graduated with a degree in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University in 1976. He is currently a Registered Landscape Architect in the state of Kansas, having obtained a wide variety of experience over the years with several professional firms including Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Landscape Design Build firms, and has also served as a College Campus Landscape Architect.
Gary joined Landscape Consultants in 2017, and even after over 35 years in the design and landscape industry, he still has a passion for landscape design. He loves seeing his plans come off the page and become part of the built environment, whether it be in the residential or commercial sector.
Gary has a love for family. He and his wife raised five adult children, with one biological teenage son still at home. They began foster parenting several years ago and have adopted three more teenage boys. There are two younger foster boys in their home as well – never a dull moment in the Schooley household.
From North Central Ohio, Dan moved to Colorado after graduating from high school where he attended Colorado State University. After receiving a degree in Landscape Horticulture and Landscape Design, he spent the next 10 years working in the landscape industry in Denver. Dan and his family moved to Salina in the early 90’s and have been here since. He is currently in his 28th year as a Horticulturist & Landscape Designer.
Dan has designed and installed hundreds of landscapes all over Colorado and Kansas. He has extensive experience with designing and installing landscapes and particularly looks forward to a challenging hardscape project.
Dan enjoys an early morning or evening run to relieve the stress of the day. He likes to garden and loves the smell of fresh tilled garden soil in the spring. He is inspired by young people fulfilling their goals and dreams. His favorite things about landscaping are seeing the transformation from bare ground to a beautiful new space. Dan’s ideal outdoor moment is spent being with his wife on the patio on a crisp fall evening with a crackling fire, talking about their dreams.
From Solomon, Kansas, Lucy received her bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Kansas State University. She has spent the last 19 years in the landscaping industry, with 8 years spent as owner/operator of a retail greenhouse and first began her landscape experience with a local landscape & nursery company. Since owning her own retail greenhouse business, Lucy is also a certified pesticide applicator, has served as the maintenance division supervisor, and is now the manager of our nursery.
She enjoys growing most anything and finds joy in a well-designed landscape and the way in which it improves the aesthetic of a home. On most sunny afternoons, you can usually find Lucy in her greenhouse or garden, tending to her many fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Josie is originally from Marquette, Kansas and received her Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture with a focus in landscape design from Kansas State University. Her “roots” have always been in horticulture, as she grew up spending time at the family owned Riggs Arboretum in Waterloo, Kansas. Josie has maintained public educational gardens, such as the K-State University Gardens and Botanica Gardens in Wichita, Kansas, as well as worked on landscape installation crews. Most recently before joining the Landscape Consultants team, she managed high-end commercial landscape accounts with a large firm in Dallas, Texas.
Josie draws inspiration from the sprawling native prairies that ultimately drew her back to Kansas. She enjoys utilizing native plants and materials to create landscapes that are as ecologically valuable as they are beautiful. Her favorite thing about landscaping is getting the opportunity to teach her clients how to care for their landscapes after they are installed, and seeing the enjoyment that it brings to them. In her free time, Josie enjoys vegetable and herb gardening, fishing, camping, hiking, and bird watching.
Rachael is from Salina and has worked in several different capacities, including housekeeping and in a multitude of roles in restaurant business. Her only “landscaping experience” has been watching family turn their yard into an oasis, but she is a fan of landscaping, nonetheless.
Her inspirations are witnessing a random act of kindness, listening to family stories passed down through generations, watching her husband, parents, and children play and laugh together, and seeing transformations in people, places, and projects.
Her favorite thing about landscaping is the possibility of what could or will be, watching an area shift into something else over time, and continually finding new ways to improve and change outdoor space into something beautiful and useful.
Rachael’s ideal outdoor space is a quiet area encompassed by greenery with space for family and friends to gather on a deck, or around a fire under the stars.
From the Salina/McPherson area, Trisha earned her degree in Computer Information Systems. She has over 20 years of office accounting experience from Salina and Lindsborg small businesses. Her experience in landscaping comes as an admirer of the outdoors.
Trisha loves spaces that mimic the natural, or showcase whimsical art in a calm fashion. She enjoys fluid designs that incorporate textural variety and is excited to see a blank slate become a creative expression, or an unruly space take on a calm and inviting appearance. A combination of comfortable seating, practical work and walk space, and calming sounds, combined with visual pops of surprise and calming backdrops is Trisha’s perfect setting for the outdoors. Form and function.
Bridget is originally from Salina, and now lives in Wichita, working primarily off-site. She brings a unique set of skills to the team, having career experiences including private music instruction, contracting, working in an administrative role for large local companies, and raising four kids. Bridget has been with Landscape Consultants since 2013.
As our Special Projects coordinator, Bridget fills a support role to help manage and streamline our internal work processes, improving efficiency and accuracy of labor and task reporting.
Her favorite thing about landscaping is the transformative effect it has on outdoor living experience. Her ideal outdoor space is on the patio in the evening with her family, relaxing around a fire pit illuminated by landscape lighting in the planting areas, while listening to music on outdoor speakers.