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Meet Joshua Gillow: A Man With a Plan

Award-winning landscape designer Joshua Gillow’s passions – natural beauty and timeless design – are evident in every project he undertakes. Just ask his happy clients, who rave about his work.

Joshua’s passion for his work is contagious. “I love the excitement in my clients’ eyes when I present the plan for their new backyard,” Joshua says.

The seed of Joshua’s great love for plants, creative design and the great outdoors were planted in him as a child growing up at his parents’ garden center. He realized he could combine his love of nature and design when he earned his degree in architectural design and engineering in 1999.

Josh excels at combining his knowledge of nature with the skills needed to create a well designed and beautiful outdoor space.

While Joshua has received many honors for his design work, the award he cherishes most is the recommendation of a happy client.

“I want you to enjoy each step of the process and love your outdoor living space when we are finished. Bringing great landscape design to life is my passion, and to me, there’s no greater joy than bringing out the beauty in an outdoor space.”

Joshua Gillow

Fun Facts About Josh

  • Favorite Tree: Katsura tree
  • Married Twice! But to the same gal, once in her native Germany and a second time in the U.S. so both families could attend.
  • Father of Two Sons: who speaks two languages, German (still learning) and English.
  • Ninja Warrior in Training:  Joshua started American Ninja Warrior training in early 2017 and has since started competing in NNL (National Ninja League) competitions with hopes to one day be a featured contender on the show.  With many challenging obstacles, Josh’s favorites involve not just strength but focus.  This focus and concentration carry over into his professional world, being able to better guide and serve his clients.
  • Seasoned Traveler: Joshua has visited 41 of the 50 states, Canada and Mexico. He’s also traveled extensively in Europe, often visiting historic gardens. When traveling, Joshua likes to live and interact with the “natives” and avoid “touristy” experiences.
  • Adventurer: Joshua went skydiving, flew a helicopter and ran the Warrior Dash 5-K mud run — all in the same year!
  • Passions: Spending time with his family, working in the backyard, snowboarding, documentaries, snowmobiling, hiking and long walks on the beach.
  • Pet Peeves: Inefficient design, poor planning, wooden decks, gaudy colors, flashy things, wasted space, rude people and black licorice.
  • Credentials:
    • Degree in Architectural Design and Engineering, Lincoln Technical Institute
    • Pennsylvania registered contractor
    • Member, Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association
    • Member, Association of Professional Landscape Designers

Hey, if you read this far, why not give Josh a call? He’d be thrilled to hear from you, and help you bring your dream backyard to life!

MasterPLAN Outdoor Living Honors and Awards

  • 2016 & 2017 Lehigh Valley Builders Association Professional Excellence Award Winner
  • 2015 Bronze Award Winner in the Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards
  • Best of Houzz” 2015 & 2017 for exceptional customer service
  • Two Chestnuthill Township (Monroe County) Beautification awards
  • 2012 – 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award
  • One of 12 winners of the international 2010 VIP Challenge Design Contest
  • The 2008 Properties of Merit College Hill People’s Choice Award for the John and Lucille Kincaid residence landscape renovation on 118 Parker Ave, Easton
  • Featured in the June 2006 issue of Landscape Design Build magazine
  • Two second-place awards in the 2004 Anchor Concrete Products photo contest

Your Landscape Design Company

For more than 15 years I was a partner with my family’s landscaping company, TimberRock Landscaping, where I was the lead project designer and project manager.  It wasn’t long until it became apparent to me that most of our customers were looking for a comprehensive landscape master plan for their property.  This is when I decided to start MasterPLAN. With MasterPLAN Outdoor Living, I can dedicate sufficient time to each and every client to ensure that they fall in love with their design and that their project turns out absolutely perfect.  I understand that your backyard is so much more than a pool, deck or patio; it is a place where life-long memories are created and special moments are shared with loved ones.

MasterPLAN specializes in integrating all of your desired outdoor features into one very detailed 3D landscape master plan, and then carefully building it.  The 3D design experience gives you the opportunity to see all of your ideas come to life so you can get a real sense of the space and how it will function, all before the process sets into motion.

We believe that our unique 8 step approach to landscape design and construction, partnered with a burning desire for excellence, culminates in an exceptional finished project and memorable client experience.  You will never feel left out or have a question that goes unanswered.  We pride ourselves in providing an open and honest communication with our clients.  By doing so, we can create a gathering place that you value and a trustworthy experience you can embrace.  You can expect regular progress reports and site visits to make sure your project is being built correctly and is on track every step of the way!


MasterPLAN Outdoor Living's Philosophy

We believe that by being fully committed to working one-on-one with our clients provides the very best landscape design experience, from their initial phone call to the completion of the project. Our knowledge, experience and exclusive management system simplifies the backyard transformation to be a comfortable and convenient process.  Our biggest reward is a happy client!

MasterPLAN Outdoor Living's Core Values

Our core values resonate through every step of every outdoor project we design and build.

  • Caring:  Getting to know our clients is truly at the heart of MasterPLAN.  Discovering your family’s likes, dislikes and unique preferences play a critical role in the personalized creation of your outdoor living space.  We want you to love your custom-tailored design as much as we do!
  • Honesty:  We are ethically authentic, credible and reliable.  We believe that honesty is a virtue and being transparent is a genuine asset to our clients; there is no room for uncertainty or hidden surprises.  We always deliver on our word!
  • Creativity:  We care about the details and aspire to create a beautiful and functional outdoor living space you can be proud of.  By listening to your needs and desires, we offer creative and unique outdoor living solutions for each of your outdoor projects.
  • Passion:  We are passionate about solving your challenging backyard problems in a stunning yet innovative way to fulfill your tailored needs and provide you with a low maintenance outdoor living space that exceeds your expectations.
  • Efficiency:  We always have our clients in mind.  We manage our specialists as well as all aspects of your project so you don’t have to.  Spending the precise amount of time with each client and project is integral in building a sincere relationship as well as a beautiful backyard transformation.  We believe that proper planning leads to a successful and hassle-free experience for our clients.

Garden Center

Sometimes it really helps to see your new plants or the exact pavers before we get started on your new landscape addition. At the RC & Sons Garden Center we can take a look together at displays, and at options like plants and pavers to make sure you love them BEFORE we install them. The garden center also offers you a great selection of landscape plantings, vegetable plants, mulch, stone, landscape decor and much more!

Stop by to take a look. You’ll be glad you did! RC & Sons Garden Center is located on ten beautiful acres at 5880 Front Street, Easton, PA 18040.

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8 Steps to the Perfect Backyard

"Without a doubt the best landscape designer on the east coast! Josh’s imagination, creativity ..."
John & Corrine from Easton, PA