Ground One is an award-winning Minneapolis landscape design firm that specializes in custom residential landscape design and construction. Ground One’s design process is a true collaboration of the whole team: homeowners, landscape architects and designers, builders, and craftsmen.
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.
Craig has a BS in Landscape Design from South Dakota State University and has practiced landscape design, sales and installation since 1993. Growing up in a small town in South Dakota, he worked for local farmers in the area providing him a solid work ethic. His appreciation for the outdoors and nature lead him to serve his local community as a member of the Citizens Advisory Council for Nine Mile Creek Watershed District. Living in Bloomington, Craig loves spending time with his family and remains very active in his community.
Over the years Craig has served his industry as a committee member in the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) and has achieved the title of Certified Professional. He has also, more recently, served as the President of the local chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). For the past 14 years Craig has been serving his clients with his own landscape company Terra Forma Design. He has now joined the team at Ground One Landscape Design + Build to provide an enhanced client experience from start to finish. Craig takes pride in listening carefully to his clients and providing solutions that effectively and creatively address their needs and desires.
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.
General Manager Outdoor Services + Landscape Designer
Matt has a diverse background in Architecture, business administration, landscaping and horticulture. While running his own business in Chicago, an encounter with a world-class garden sparked an interest in landscape design and a passion for plants that necessitated a career change. Matt thinks plants and spaces where we can relate to them are essential qualities to living the good life, and he relishes every opportunity to make a landscape better than he found it.
When not thinking about other people’s gardens, he can be found playing his extensive board game collection, working in his veggie garden, or around town as a beast of burden for his son’s wagon.
Angie grew up in the rolling hills of NE Iowa, ripe with farmland and small towns. Her appreciation for diverse landscapes came when she toured the United States while in the landscape architecture program at Iowa State University. She’s utilized her diverse degree in landscape architecture in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
Angie enjoys the point where problem-solving and creativity combine in the landscape design process. She has a passion for native plants and enjoys introducing people to native plants and the benefits they offer.
Adjectives for Angie: wife, mother, sister, friend, designer, dreamer
Mark loves dirt, people, design and great spaces.
He discovered his passion for landscape after his freshman year of college when he began working for a local landscape company. After working his way through the landscape ranks, he eventually earned his black belt in Shovel Kwon Do. Although this was a great and noble accomplishment, he wanted to become a master of the art so he decided to pursue a degree in Landscape Architecture. After five long years of rigorous study he earned his BLA from Ball State University, you know, the same one that David Letterman graduated from. Very prestigious.
Looking for “America’s greatest place to raise a family” and a safe haven from global warming he decided to head north to Minnesota. There he continued to practice landscape design as well as playground design and even co-starred in a few episodes of HGTV’s Landscape Smart and Curb Appeal. Along the way, he has designed a plethora of gardens ranging from small to ridiculously lavish some of which have been published in local magazines. At the end of the day, Mark likes to collaborate with people who care about their outdoor space. He wants to help them create meaningful spaces where they find joy, refuge, community, relaxation, beauty and an overall sense of well being that makes their lives better.
Fun Fact: He loves building stuff. Is pursuing a hobby in motorcycle hoarding. Has an on again off again relationship with martial arts. Loves the idea of Minimalism. He is not real hip to social media but loves being social. Has an amazing family and a dog.
Landscape Design Associate
One of Chris’ first jobs was at a wholesale nursery in Michigan. There he first became interested in the world of plants. Chris earned a degree in Wilderness Management and spent several years as an Interpretive Ranger for the National Park Service. Once he settled down in the Twin Cities he returned to school and got a degree in Landscape Design and Construction building on his love of the outdoors. Chris has worked in landscaping in the field, in design and in sales for the past 15 years and has now joined the team at Ground One.
When Chris is not working you will often find him volunteering with his local Scout Troop, camping with his Family or tinkering in his woodshop.
Elijah grew up in small town Minnesota on a hobby farm with his eight siblings. Most of his elementary and high school years were spent being homeschooled, and this led to the development of a great appreciation for self-education and pursuing various interests in his free time. From theater to baseball, and wrestling to working as a barista, Elijah enjoyed meeting new people and establishing meaningful, long-term relationships with friends who have contributed to his growth as a person.
Having a curiosity for marketing, small business management, and customer relations, Elijah enrolled in PSEO his junior year of high school and has been studying with a business emphasis ever since, receiving his Associate of Arts degree at Normandale Spring 2020. He is excited to take part in Ground One’s mission to provide top-quality service to anyone and everyone he comes into contact with.