Burton DeMarche, CLP, LEED AP
With a strong background in horticulture and business management, a dedication to superior client service, and a devotion to detail, Burt has been instrumental in leading The LaurelRock Company to its prominent position in the field of Landscape Design/Build and Property Maintenance over the past 20 years. With a talent for hiring and developing great people, Burt has grown the company to more than 48 team members across a range of landscape disciplines.
Prior to founding The LaurelRock Company with his father in 1993, Burt developed an expertise in plant fundamentals at a prominent Connecticut nursery. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture at the University of Connecticut’s prestigious College of Natural Resources. He earned accreditation as a Landscape Industry Certified Manager from the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and has completed professional certificate courses at Rutgers University and the University of Connecticut in the areas of arboriculture, estimating, irrigation installation and pruning. Burt is an active member of PLANET’s Safety and Risk Management, Budget and Finance, and Design/Build Specialty Group committees, a licensed State of Connecticut Custom Grounds Supervisor and an Accredited Connecticut Nurseryman. He attained the designation of LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design, Accredited Professional) from the United States Green Building Council and is a member of PLANET’s elite Trailblazer mentor group, a team of dedicated professionals nominated by their peers for making significant and long-term contributions to the green industry. A Connecticut native, Burt and his family live in Newtown.
Dickson DeMarche, FASLA
The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) describes Dickson as “…without a doubt one of the most highly regarded landscape architects in Connecticut and across the country.” His 2005 election to ASLA’s Council of Fellows further recognizes Dickson’s mastery of the art of landscape architecture, noting his exceptional design, planning and project management expertise, as well as his outstanding leadership, and commitment and service to the profession.
Prior to founding his own landscape architecture firm in 1975, Dickson held positions with the New Haven Redevelopment Agency, Staunton & Freeman Consulting Engineers, and Edward Larrabee Barnes, Architects in New York City. Dickson earned a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and has completed graduate work in Environmental and Land Use Analysis at Yale University and the University of California. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut’s Bartlett Arboretum and is Past-President of both the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. A California native, Dickson and his wife, Marilyn, raised their family in Westport, Conn., and currently reside in Bethel, Conn. in a lovingly restored 18th century farmhouse.