John graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1979 with a degree in Landscape Architecture and has worked independently as an environmental planning consultant and Landscape designer ever since.
John has served as a consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management in preparation of the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park Master Plan. In cooperation with the institute for Conservation Archaeology and the Peabody Museum at Harvard, John worked closely with the Blackstone River and Canal Commission in developing the first regional Heritage State Park Plan within the State’s newly developed Heritage Park Program. Planning and design covered a 25 mile, five community, historic river and canal way.
During the last 12 years, John’s landscape design practice has shifted to smaller commercial and residential projects working for both architects and individual homeowners.
During this period, John also hosted the landscape construction and design show “Breaking Ground” for the Home and Garden Television Network. Outside the production of the program John served as a landscaping expert for HGTV as well as the Lowes Corporation.
John’s speaking engagements include the Virginia’s Maymont Flower Show, Baltimore’s Right’s of Spring Show, the Maryland Home and Garden Show, the Boston Home and Garden Show and the Worcester Flower Show.