About John

    Hello, my name is John Renfroe, I am 26 and I am a landscape designer currently living in Columbus, Georgia. I began designing from a young age with basic pencil and paper drawings, sketching and paintings. Design, architecture and art has always been of great interest to me and I didn’t truly begin to explore the world of design until college.
    I grew up along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. I graduated from Moss Point High School in 2003 and from Mississippi State University in 2008 where I received my Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. I also attended the two week Mike Lin: BeLoose Graphic Workshop in Manhattan, Kansas, while at Mississippi State, where I honed my hand graphic skills.
    I am currently employed with A Cut Above Landscape Management as the lead landscape designer, project manager and ISA Certified Arborist. My current role includes rendering master plans, detail plans, construction documents, irrigation layouts, meeting with clients and on-site management of construction jobs.
    When I am not at my job I enjoy spending my free time with my wife, playing Scrabble, drawing, doing freelance work, playing video games and staying up to date on all the newest technology and design trends. With experience in web, graphic and landscape design, I maintain a healthy balance between functionality and visual impact in all my work. I believe every piece of design can be a work of art.
    I am highly creative, professional and experienced freelance landscape designer. My meticulous attention to detail, outgoing personality and versatility has enabled me to gain extensive experience in all aspects of design. I love my work and enjoy each new project as I get it. Please browse my portfolio and contact me if you think I can be of service to you.

Landscape Design

I recently graduated from Mississippi State with a Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture. While at school I learned a broad knowledge of Landscape Design Skills. My main focus is Landscape Design and I offer a wide variety of Landscape Design Services.

  • Construction Documents
  • Detail Plans
  • Lighting Design
  • Irrigation Design
  • Onsite Consultations
  • Planting Plans
  • Rendered Master Plans
  • Section & Elevation Renderings
  • Sustainable Design

Graphic Design

While studying Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State, I also learned valuable Graphic Design skills, these skills often allow me to step outside the realm of Landscape Design into the world of Graphic Design. Landscape Design is my passion but I also offer a variety of Graphic Design Services.

  • Booklets
  • Brochures
  • Business Cards
  • Digital Presentations
  • Fliers
  • Logos
  • Portfolios
  • Posters
  • Website Design

Technical Skills

• Adobe Acrobat
• Adobe Dreamweaver
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe InDesign
• Adobe Photoshop
• AutoCAD
• Computer Assembly
• CSS/HTML
• Hand Graphics
• Microsoft Office Excel
• Microsoft Office PowerPoint
• Microsoft Office Word
• Quickbooks
• Sketchup Pro
• Trello
• Windows Movie Maker
• WordPress

 

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Education

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, May 2008.  Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi.
• Mike Lin Two-Week Graphic Workshop. May 2007.  Manhattan, Kansas.

 

Experience

A Cut Above Landscape Management. Columbus, Georgia. Landscape Designer, January 2012 – Present.
Chris Francis Landscapes.  Daphne, Alabama.  Landscape Designer, May 2009 – December 2011.
First Federal Savings & Loan.  Pascagoula, Mississippi.  Teller, May 2004 – April 2009.
Mike Fondren Law Firm. Pascagoula, Mississippi. Runner, June 2003 – April 2004.

 

Certifications

• Certified Arborist | License: SO-6580A (June 2011 – Present)

 

Organizations

• American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)(October 2006 – Present)
• International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)(June 2010 – Present)

 

Awards

• Festival of Flowers – Mobile, Alabama (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013)
• Home & Garden Expo – Columbus, Georgia (2012 & 2013)
• Ledger Enquirer – Best Lawn Service (2011, 2012 & 2013)
• Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association – Landscape Award (ALNLA)(2012)
• Art in the Park Flower Extravaganza – Foley, Alabama (2011)
• Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout Award (2001)

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Section 2

       After months and months of acquiring experience through work and years of studying, I recently passed Section 2, what use to be Section B of the L.A.R.E. This is one of the now four exams I must pass to be called a Landscape Architect, rather than a Landscape Designer. With this great news, I am now one test away from completing the exam process.
       A little background information. The L.A.R.E., Landscape Architect Registration Examination, is an exam that has been developed by the CLARB, or The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. The exam is used to determine if applicants for a landscape architectural license have the skills, knowledge and abilities to be a landscape architect without endangering the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The L.A.R.E. is required in 46 states, two Canadian provinces, and one United States territory for licensure as a landscape architect. With the recently changed L.A.R.E. format, the total amount of exams has been reduced from five to four and all are now multiple choice.

Section 3

       After months and months of acquiring experience through work and years of studying, I recently passed Section 3, what use to be a combination of Sections C and D of the L.A.R.E. This is one of the now four exams I must pass to be called a Landscape Architect, rather than a Landscape Designer. With this great news, I am now half through the exam process.
       A little background information. The L.A.R.E., Landscape Architect Registration Examination, is an exam that has been developed by the CLARB, or The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. The exam is used to determine if applicants for a landscape architectural license have the skills, knowledge and abilities to be a landscape architect without endangering the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The L.A.R.E. is required in 46 states, two Canadian provinces, and one United States territory for licensure as a landscape architect. With the recently changed L.A.R.E. format, the total amount of exams has been reduced from five to four and all are now multiple choice.

A Cut Above

       I recently began working with A Cut Above as the lead landscape designer and project manager, as well as the on staff ISA Certified Arborist. The recent move to Columbus, Georgia also moved me closer to my fiance’, Brittany Wheeler. Timing is everything and God always seems to have that all under control, even when you think otherwise.
       During this tough economy I spent weeks making phone calls, sending emails and mailing resumes out in search of a landscape job around Columbus, Georgia, I have finally found it at A Cut Above Landscape Management. A Cut Above Landscape Management specializes in Hardscapes, Irrigation, Residential and Commercial Maintenance and Landscape Design and Installation and has been serving Georgia and Alabama since 1989. A Cut Above is an extremely reputable company, striving to provide high quality landscape services.

Section A

       After months and months of acquiring experience through work and years of studying, I recently passed Section A of the L.A.R.E. This is one of the five exams I must pass to be called a Landscape Architect, rather than a Landscape Designer.
       A little background information. The L.A.R.E., Landscape Architect Registration Examination, is an exam that has been developed by the CLARB, or The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. The exam is used to determine if applicants for a landscape architectural license have the skills, knowledge and abilities to be a landscape architect without endangering the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The L.A.R.E. is required in 46 states, two Canadian provinces, and one United States territory for licensure as a landscape architect. There are five sections on the L.A.R.E. Three of these sections (sections A, B and D) are computer-based and consist of multiple choice questions and two of these sections (sections C and E) are graphic-based and consist of several vignette problems.

Certified Arborist

       After months of field study/work and many, many hours of studying I have finally completed all the requirements to become a Certified Arborist. I believe that this will help me throughout my career as I pursue becoming a Registered Landscape Architect and I highly recommend anyone that is interested in tree preservation to consider this certification.
       Now for a little information on what becoming a Certified Arborist means. An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

Art in the Park

       For 39 years, Foley’s Art in the Park has been one of the most anticipated springtime events in South Baldwin County. This year on May 7th & 8th, it gets even better with the merger of Foley’s Flower and Garden Extravaganza plus the addition of wine and craft beer tastings.

       Traditionally held on Mother’s Day weekend in John B. Foley and Heritage Parks, the festival is proudly sponsored by the Foley Performing Arts Association. Art in the Park was originally designed to showcase local artists and now hosts over 120 talented artists from across the country, featuring unique works including everything from watercolors to jewelry, and pottery to photography.

       For the flower and garden enthusiast, enjoy some time with the master gardeners while they share a bit of their green thumb in seminars throughout the festival. Learn new growing techniques and landscaping designs, and take a tour of Foley’s Antique Rose Trail, where you’ll have plenty of opportunity to buy Mom that beautiful plant for Mother’s Day. Chris Francis Landscapes will be responsible for providing the main landscape garden for this event.

Festival of Flowers

       The Festival of Flowers in Mobile, Alabama is acknowledged as the premier flower and garden event of the greater Gulf Coast and I was lucky enough to be allowed to participate in this great event for the second year in a row. I am able to participate in the Festival of Flowers through my current job at Chris Francis Landscapes, located in Daphne, Alabama, where I am employed as the lead designer since May 2009. With so much success from last year’s garden, Chris Francis Landscapes was honored when given the opportunity to complete the Entrance Garden to the Festival of Flowers.

       The Festival of Flowers takes place during what is perhaps Mobile’s prettiest month, when trees begin to bloom and flowering plants display their splendor. The main attraction is set under tent and sky with over 300,000 square feet of exhibits that enchant, entertain, and educate visitors at this feast for all the senses. “All Things Bright and Beautiful” is this year’s theme guiding the spectacular displays of the 2011 festival. Gardening takes on a new dimension as nature reveals delightful ways to give pleasure to the senses. In 16 years, 150,000 visitors have been amazed by the grand floral displays and life-sized gardens at the Festival of Flowers in Mobile, Alabama. The 18th Annual Festival of 2011 promises to be the largest outdoor flower show in the Southeast!

Engaged

        I think Phoebe from the television show Friends put it best when she said “She’s your lobster… and Brittany Wheeler is that and so much more. It is an amazing story that bought us together and every time we tell it, it makes us smile. So here goes…

       We met at Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee in the summer of 2000. The first night of camp the “guys” and I decided to wonder around campus to meet new people and what better way to do that, than to call out random girls names. We began with Ashley with no avail, next up, Brittany. Brittany!!! we yelled and Brittany Wheeler answered and it all started from there.

       From there we kept in contact through emails and phones calls but mostly AIM. Church camp the next Summer was in Toccao Falls, Georgia and low and behold she was there again. We went our separate ways, both of us finishing high school and then moving on to college. An occasional email was exchanged, nothing more than a “hey” to let the other know what was going on in their lives but we never missed a beat. We always trusted each other and always prayed for each other.

       In August 2009 circumstances brought us back together in Starkville, Mississippi where Brittany took a giant step to drive 3 states to see a boy she hadn’t seen in 8 years. Older and wiser, we decided to give a relationship a chance. Only one problem, Atlanta and Moss Point are 5 hours apart, but after one and half years and over 30,000 miles driven between the two of us, we have made it work. Good thing we both have unlimited minutes that’s for sure.

       On February 26, 2011 we decided to take a day trip to Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee just for fun. Nearly ten years ago I yelled Brittany’s name in that same town, on the small college campus for church camp but this trip I had another thought in mind. On that day, I asked Miss Brittany Wheeler to be my bride and she said “Yes!”

Coasties

       The idea behind Coasties is to provide the people of the Gulf Coast a way to identify themselves when they travel or if they no longer live on the coast. The concept of the foot came from all the different types of footprints that are created on the coast, whether it be in the sand at the beach or in the mud while hunting, all that makes the Gulf Coast what it is… and so, the “states foot” was born. While “Coastie” can mean different things to different people, if you have ever lived near the coast, especially the Gulf Coast, then you are a true Coastie. It’s not just a nickname, it represents our way of life; a unique spirit of community. I am proud to be from the Gulf Coast and I appreciate the many different things that it has to offer, from going to the beach or boating, to fishing, golfing or hunting. Coasties encompasses all of that. Once a Coastie, always a Coastie, because no matter where you’re headed or where you end up, there is always one place you call home… the Gulf Coast.

    Being born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast I am very aware of Hurricanes and the damage they can inflict on a coastal community. From the very beginning, when Coasties was just a thought, I always knew I wanted to use this idea to give back to the people of the Gulf Coast. With that in mind, a percentage of the net proceeds will be used to provide funding for the re-greening of the Coastal Gulf States in the event of a natural disaster. In the days following a hurricane the immediate response is in the form of physical supplies and man power. The re-greening of the Coast is maybe a distant thought or is not considered at all. Trees are often taken for granted until they are gone but everyone from the Coast remembers a particular beautiful Magnolia tree or an enormous Live Oak that a hurricane destroyed. Following a storm the benefits of trees are not immediate like bottled water or donated money, but trees are long lasting and will shape the way the Gulf Coast looks for future generations.

Website Update

       Since May 2008 my portfolio website has been www.jrenfroe.com because someone at the time owned www.johnrenfroe.com. Finally, I got lucky one day and checked to see if it was still being used and sure enough, www.johnrenfroe.com was available for purchase so I bought it right away. I have since then been putting off the transition from site to site but it appears I am finally getting closer to that being a reality.

       I went with a one page website this time rather than a flash website. This is much easier to maintain on the administration end but it is also very easy to browse since everything is on one page. That way I don’t lose browsers from “page loading” screens. The website is up and running for the most part, there are always things that need to be tweaked so don’t ever believe anyone when they say “they are done with their website.” That just isn’t possible. I love my new site but what a new website means is now I must get new business cards.

Chris Francis Landscapes

       Upon completing my Bachelors in Landscape Architecture in May of 2008 the economy took a down turn. While necessary in many aspects, many people still consider any type of landscaping to be a luxury so finding a job out of school was a struggle. After weeks of making phone calls, sending emails and mailing resumes out a landscape job I finally stumbled upon an opening in Daphne, Alabama at Chris Francis Landscapes.
       Chris Francis Landscapes specializes in Hardscapes, Irrigation, Residential Maintenance and Landscape Design and Installation as well as Tree Removal or Trimming, Arborist Consultations and Tree Protection Plans. Chris Francis Landscapes has been serving lower Alabama since 2003. Chris Francis Landscapes is an extremely reputable company, striving to provide high quality landscape services.