Daniel Van Dyke

LANDSCAPE MANAGER & DESIGNER

Doesn't just create outdoor spaces, but creates experiences to be enjoyed for generations to come.

BACKGROUND: Born and raised in Newport News, Virginia, Daniel studied at both Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University. He originally started at McDonald Garden Center at the age of 15, unloading Christmas tree trucks. Daniel has worked in all departments of the Garden Center, settling in with Landscape, after he graduated college, as the Installation Manager. Daniel's father, Tom Van Dyke, is the Vice President of Operations for McDonald Garden Center and has been working there for more than 40 years. So technically speaking, Daniel has been with the company for 16 years, but in reality it seems like he has been with the company his entire life!

WHEN I'M NOT WORKING, YOU CAN FIND ME: Playing any and all types of sports, camping, spending time with friends and family, watching football and basketball, and working on projects around the house.

GARDENING ADVICE: A Garden has to be specific to the home owner and the property. No one has the same exact taste so every garden has to be unique to an individual. This can reflect in someone’s willingness to work in the garden, the type of environment someone grew up in, or can be as simple as someone’s favorite color. Ultimately, the goal is to create a landscape that reflects a clients unique tastes and specific needs into a cohesive, creative vision.

FAVORITE PLANTS: Japanese Maples, Sasanqua Camellias, Butterfly Bush, Ornamental Grasses, Salvia, Drift Rose, Boxwood