Wheat’s Landscape Design + Construction
Landscape designer Joshua Dean’s challenging first career as a journalist is what led him to his second. “I found myself seeking refuge in my own garden as my reporting became increasingly focused on national security,” he recalls. “I would remember a trip I took to Kyoto—the color and feel of the moss, the meandering paths and the rock gardens. These memories, coupled with the seasonal wonder of my own garden, inspired me to complete George Washington University’s landscape design program.”
After nearly 20 years designing and building gardens, Dean looks to architecture, plant material, clients, garden history and literature for inspiration. “I integrate these aspects to create unique gardens with their own sense of place,” he observes. “The artistry of farmers, container craftsmen, sculptors, masons, carpenters and expert installers add special qualities to every garden I envision.”
With nearly 200 staff members, Wheat’s Landscape ensures that the build and maintenance phases of each project are executed to the highest degree possible. “Wheat’s is a community-based, family-oriented business,” Dean says. “We care for properties at all stages and seek long-term relationships with our clients.”
Joshua Dean has received numerous awards, including Grand Awards from the Landscape Contractors Association. He has appeared on the TV shows Ask This Old House, Curb Appeal and Indoors Out.