Principal + CEO
Pat began his landscaping career mowing lawns at age ten and has been self-employed ever since. With a degree in Speech Communications from the University of St. Thomas and passion for landscape, Pat founded Ground One in 1989. Under Pat’s capable leadership Ground One has become an industry-leading, award-winning, full service landscape design + build company.
Growing up as an Eagle Scout, Pat was taught to always leave things in better condition than they were found. Landscaping has provided him the creative outlet to do just that. He is an advocate for his clients, and appreciates that he is entrusted to better their lives and their properties. He values these relationships and fosters a collaborative effort in each of his projects.
Fun fact: Pat still owns his first piece of equipment – a 1954 Ford N9 Jubilee Tractor.
Nate is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) and earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. A childhood spent on his family’s dairy farm in south central Wisconsin and a lifelong interest in natural resources, art, and design have shaped his career practicing landscape architecture.
Nate has worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, D.C. and the award-winning landscape architecture firm Coen+Partners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From there he developed his own design studio Avocado Green, which focuses on mid-century modern landscape design. He has been a selected participant in multiple Minnesota Landscape Arboretum summer exhibitions and was awarded a temporary public art commission from the Jerome Foundation and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum.
A Registered Landscape Architect for more than 20 years, Tom earned his degree from the University of Minnesota after initiating his education with a focus in horticulture. Tom grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, and fully enjoyed the wonderful parks and trails that the Twin Cities offer. His passion for the natural environment is rooted in working on family farms in southern Minnesota and biking/camping across the state of Minnesota. Growing up in an urban city, and gravitating to the natural landscapes that surrounded him, helped focus Tom’s practice of landscape architecture on a sense of place and quality of spaces.
Tom’s early career was set in multidisciplinary firms with Architects, Civil Engineers, Planners and Surveyors. There he developed a strong collaborative approach to design and built projects across the country. However, the desire to get back in the field and get dirty again redirected Tom to landscape design build, where he has since created many award-winning landscapes. Tom has also written articles for local magazines offering insights on design/gardening trends and tips. He has been published in a book entitled Bungalow Nation where one of his projects was showcased not just for the beautiful landscape, but also for his 1918 bungalow restoration efforts.
Operations Manager + Landscape Designer
Kelly started his career in landscape at age 12 working for his dad’s commercial lawn maintenance business. He went on to work at two different golf courses in the south metro, and then a larger commercial maintenance company. His interest in landscape led him to pursue a degree in landscape design. Kelly’s design training and years of experience as a landscape foreman give him a deep and well-rounded understanding of the landscape process from beginning to end.
In his spare time, you can catch Kelly pursuing his favorite hobbies: old cars and snowmobiling.