Graham Kimak, certified since 2012 with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), graduated from Clemson University in 1994 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Since 1991 he has worked for two landscape firms in the Upstate. In 2009 he opened his own business, Graham Kimak Landscape Designs, (GKLD) LLC and the company has grown to include six additional employees. Over his 27 years of experience, his designs have been published in several magazines and have been featured in local garden tours. He was selected as one of Greenville’s Best and Brightest 35 and Under in 2007. During his career, Graham has created over 3100 designs of residential homes, parks, commercial spaces, neighborhood entrances and new development areas. The majority of his work is in the Upstate, however he has completed designs over the entire Southeast from Washington DC to Alabama.
“Relaxing, fresh, classical, elegant, simple… these are just a few of many characteristics that Graham Kimak Landscape Designs strives to achieve in our landscape and garden designs. With every client having different needs, likes and desires, it is our job to listen and then translate those wishes from words… to paper… to reality. Our process begins with a preliminary plan, then revisions, and finally a completed landscape plan. The final product includes construction details, a thorough plant list, and a maintenance schedule. By using some of the best contractors in the upstate, we are able to complete your project by managing all aspects of the installation process. Along with the client, Graham Kimak Landscape Designs wants to combine our ideas and visions to create a detailed, aesthetically pleasing and functional landscape for you, your family and friends to enjoy for many years to come.”
Graham Kimak -
In the 27 years that Graham has worked in the Landscape Architectural industry, he has enjoyed helping many homeowners successfully create inviting and beautiful outdoor spaces. A huge Steelers fan (he is originally from Pittsburgh), he has equal attachment to the Clemson Tigers, his Alma mater. He thinks no project is too small and is proud to give his personal attention to all projects at our firm.
Awards and Community Involvement include:
Student President of American Society of Landscape Architects
Voted Greenville Magazine's Best and Brightest 35 and under, Class of 2007
Design and Preservation Commission Member for the City of Greenville 2004 - 2009
Greenville Literacy Association, Board Member 2005 - 2007
Mentor for Greenville Tech Charter High School program, 2007 - 2008
Past President of Neighborhood Home Owners Association, North Main area of Greenville
Hands on Greenville volunteer
Habitat for Humanity Home builder with wife, family and friends 2004
Ben Wakely -
Ben is originally from London, England and joined GKLD in January 2010 having moved to the US after living in Italy for several years. His background is in Illustration & Graphic Design and so he is responsible for most of the drafting and construction details. Ben also takes care of many other project oriented tasks including contractor communication, bid packages, site measuring, photography and computer graphics.
Lynda Kimak -
Lynda began working with Graham at GKLD before they opened their doors. From the beginning she has managed the business and financial aspects of the company. In addition to working as a teacher at First Baptist Day school, she enjoys her role at GKLD handling invoicing, accounting needs and doing payroll. Oh, and she is married to Graham.
Lisa Hanano -
Lisa joined the GKLD team in October of 2018. She grew up in the Greenville area and graduated from College of Charleston. After graduating she decided to move to Denver, Colorado. In Denver, she made a career shift and decided to study landscape architecture and attained her master's degree from the University of Colorado Denver. Lisa has had the pleasure to work with talented teams to design playgrounds, parks, civic spaces, and master plan communities and is excited to continue to learn and develop her expertise with Graham Kimak Landscape Designs.
Christina Garrett - Office Coordinator
Christina joined the GKLD team in March of 2019. Born and raised in Greenville, she attended Clemson University and earned her degree in Spanish Education. After teaching Spanish in Greenville for several years, Christina decided to make a career change and found that GKLD was the perfect fit. She is excited to be a part of the team that is making Greenville a more beautiful place!
Riley is the welcoming committee at GKLD. She will be sure to say hello to everyone and loves to show off her toys.