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Hawks is your source for creative landscape design services and the finest quality installation. Our staff is experienced, knowledgeable and capable of handling projects of any size or difficulty. We would like to introduce some of them to you.

Gary M. Urban

GARY URBAN R.L.A. has been with Hawks since 1992. Gary is a registered Landscape Architect and the Vice President of landscape sales for the company. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Gary is knowledgeable in all areas of residential and commercial design and installation. His interests are in the area of lake property, low maintenance and natural landscape projects, as well as patio and masonry features in the garden. "There is at least one solution for every landscape problem - the challenge and excitement of design is finding that solution."

Steve Hyland

STEVE HYLAND R.L.A. is a Registered Landscape Architect and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Steve has been in the landscape industry since 1976 and has been with The Hawks Nursery Company since 1983. As a senior member of the staff, Steve has been successful in developing creative and innovative landscape solutions for homeowners as well as commercial clients. His main focus has always been to develop artistic, yet functional spaces that people can live in, be inspired by, and enjoy. Watching a homeowner re-discover the beauty of their landscape is Steve’s final goal.

Cindy Schultz

CINDY SCHULTZ Since 1997, Cindy has been helping Hawks customers achieve their landscape goals. She enjoys the challenge of modifying landscapes to create dynamic living spaces that complement her clients' lifestyles and personality. Cindy pays attention to the smallest details and excels at adding the finishing touches that extend a home into the surrounding landscape.

 

Lynn Carlson

LYNN CARLSON has been in the green industry in the Milwaukee area since 1991. A graduate of the Horticulture program at MATC, she has been with Hawks since 1994. Lynn's long-time love for plants began as just a hobby, but soon grew into a successful career. From full renovations to small self-installs, she enjoys working with the client from start to finish. "Landscape designs involve creativity, imagination and a strong knowledge base. Clients come to us for innovative ideas and problem solving. I love the challenge."

Judy Curry

JUDY CURRY is a Landscape Designer and has been with Hawks since 2002. With 20 years of experience in the landscape industry she is knowledgeable in all aspects of residential design and installation. Judy focuses on listening to the needs and desires of her clients, allowing her to create an environment that best reflects the personality of the homeowner.

Katherine Wenger

KATIE WENGER has been a landscape designer with Hawks Nursery since 2004. A graduate of MATC in the horticulture with an emphasis in landscape design, she has quickly become a strong and thorough landscape designer. Prior to working at Hawks, Katie gained hands on experience by working in the field. Her knowledge of horticulture, along with her attention to detail, aids in her ability to assist clients with there needs. She is a great asset to the Retail Design team.

Rebecca Voelker

REBECCA VOELKER joined the design team at Hawks in 2007, bringing previous horticulture and design work experience. She received her bachelor's from Concordia University-Wisconsin in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Landscape Horticulture. "I love my job ! It is so rewarding to make people happy by providing them with a beautiful, sustainable landscape which they can enjoy year round."

Carl Bauer

CARL BAUER joined the Hawks Nursery Company in the spring of 2011. Possessing both a bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse as well as an associate degree in landscape design from MATC, he uses this combination of training to create beautiful gardens that are a true reflection of his client’s wants and needs. Having worked in the landscape field every summer since 2005, through his college career, he possesses the practical knowledge to implement a wide variety of residential landscape projects. He is passionate about seeing each landscape project to fruition, in a sustainable manner with his main goal being client satisfaction

Steve Wegner

STEVE WEGNER has been designing landscapes since 1995, when he graduated with a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He enjoys working with homeowners in creating or renovating outdoor living spaces, and beautifying their property through planting design.  “I believe that beautifying our natural environment lifts our spirits and improves our quality of life.  That is my ultimate goal in designing landscapes.”   Steve is committed to focusing on the needs of his clients, enabling him to customize a design that fulfills their needs and fits their lifestyle, with the goal of making the process an enjoyable experience.

Amy Willard

AMY WILLARD graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. She joined the Hawks team in 2013 with over 20 years’ experience in the landscape industry. Amy is committed to designing landscapes that facilitate and encourage activity and reward the senses. “Transforming an outdoor space while respecting the sensitivity of the environment, as well as a client’s budget is my primary goal and ultimate privilege. “  Amy’s specialty projects include outdoor patio’s and kitchens, fire pits, rain gardens, perennial gardens and shore line renovations.

Debi Merkle

DEBI MERKLE is is a graduate of the MATC Horticulture program from 2008 with a focus in landscape design. Her previous work in landscape maintenance, garden center sales and landscape design has given Debi a wide variety of experience that will help her to create the vision you have in mind for your home.

Chad Olson

CHAD OLSON is a landscape designer who has been designing beautiful landscapes since 1999.  As a graduate of the UW-Milwaukee Architecture program, his unique and fresh perspective on design carries through every project.  His resume and portfolio confirm a skilled approach to landscape design.  His designs are creative, dynamic and detailed and his projects have earned several awards. He has also had several projects featured in local and national publications.  He attributes much of his success to his past clients.  Without their trust and vision, he wouldn’t have the wonderful portfolio he has today.  “My goal with every project is to provide each client with the best possible design for their property in an artistic manor to match their needs and dreams”.  Chad is passionate about exceeding his client’s expectations, creating beautiful landscapes and unlocking the true potential of every project. 

Joe Kresl

JOE KRESL R.L.A. is a registered Landscape Architect and owner/president of The Hawks Nursery Company in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Joe earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977 and a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and Geography in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He has worked in the industry since 1975.

Joe is a strong civic leader and community supporter, active on many boards and charitable organizations. His leadership includes the Brookfield Rotary Club, past President of the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce (WSCC), Executive Board member and past President of the Associate Board of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee (ZSM), Chairman of the Platypus Society Steering Committee, a member of the President's Advisory Council of Froedtert Hospital, Advisory Board member of Gateway College, President Elect of the West Suburban YMCA, and member of the Seeds of Growth Advisory Committee for Nehemiah.

Among numerous landscape architecture and design awards, Joe has received awards for community service, including the Ovation Award for Leadership from the Business Journal and Milwaukee Magazine, the Elephus Maximus Award for exceptional effort and support of the Zoological Society, the Corporate Friend of the Year Award from the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Past Presidents' Club Award for outstanding service to the community from the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce, and many others.

Originally from Oak Brook, Illinois, Joe grew up in a rural setting and was fascinated by the outdoors. His family, being avid gardeners, sparked his interest in plants at a young age. That interest carries through in his life today. In his free time, Joe enjoys traveling, sailing, skiing, boating, and camping with his wife and two children.

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Our Promise to You

  • Trucks and uniforms will look neat and clean – you will be proud to have us on your property.
  • We will be there on time and complete the job promptly.
  • Our installers and hardscape specialists are trained professionals; our fertilizer/pesticide applicators are fully licensed.
  • We are fully insured.
  • We will keep in contact with you offering seasonal tips and updates for your landscape.
  • We are committed to the landscape profession.

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