About Us

Jean Brooks Landscapes

When it comes to your dream home in the country, the gardens are as important as the house itself. Whether the setting is woodland, rolling hills or the shores of a lake, your landscape should blend with and enhance the natural environment. It should also provide quiet, intimate spaces where you can enjoy the outdoors.

Perhaps you imagine an orchard where you and your children can pick apples, or a natural stone swimming pool for cooling off on hot days. Or maybe your ideal garden is simply a patio that offers a seat under a shady tree, with a perennial border for cutting fresh flowers. No matter what form it takes, every design solution is arrived at with your lifestyle in mind.

Jean Brooks Landscapes has been published in Architectural Digest and This Old House Magazine. In addition, our work has received awards from the Mass Horticulture Society for innovation in urban garden design and children’s gardens. So what distinguishes us from others in the field? We believe there are a few key company traits. One is our style, which honors both contemporary traditions, but is most often inspired by nature. Another is our staff, which is made up of talented designers and well-educated plant lovers. And finally, there is our mission: to create imaginative landscapes that enrich peoples’ lives.

The Team

The Jean Brooks team of 20 includes full time designers, gardeners and builders, with backgrounds as diverse as landscape design, art history, studio art, horticulture and carpentry. This range of talent allows us to continually solve design challenges with creativity and intelligence.

  • Jean Brooks

    President, Jean Brooks Landscapes

    Jean Brooks is a landscape designer and contractor with over 20 years experience in residential design and construction. Since launching the company in 1991, she has completed numerous projects throughout New England. Her gardens have been featured in Architectural Digest and This Old House Magazine and on the television program Chronicle...

    Jean Brooks is a landscape designer and contractor with over 20 years experience in residential design and construction. Since launching the company in 1991, she has completed numerous projects throughout New England. Her gardens have been featured in Architectural Digest and This Old House Magazine and on the television program Chronicle. Jean has received industry awards for her work at the New England Flower show, including the Massachusetts Horticulture Society gold and bronze medals. Jean lives in Cambridge with her children Cody and Violet and her cat, Spike.

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  • Brad Snow

    Irrigation & Operations Manager

    Brad’s training on irrigation began in mid 1992, learning the proper way to install and service the best possible irrigation systems from the ground up. His education however, did not stop there. Since 2005 when He moved to Cambridge, he has served as the head and founder of the Irrigation Department at Jean Brooks Landscapes, as well as their Operations Manager...

    Brad’s training on irrigation began in mid 1992, learning the proper way to install and service the best possible irrigation systems from the ground up. His education however, did not stop there. Since 2005 when He moved to Cambridge, he has served as the head and founder of the Irrigation Department at Jean Brooks Landscapes, as well as their Operations Manager.
    He stays up to date on the current proper installation, service, and Smart irrigation practices, in order to best teach other employees how to install and maintain properly, and professionally. Along with his expertise, he always brings a good humor and bright spirit to keeps everyone on the team focused and motivated.

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  • Tim Merrill

    Vice President

    Since 2008, Timothy Merrill has been an integral part Jean Brooks Landscapes. As construction manager, he brought knowledge and thoughtfulness to the job that helps him go above and beyond his job requirements. In 2016, he was promoted to Vice President...

    Since 2008, Timothy Merrill has been an integral part Jean Brooks Landscapes. As construction manager, he brought knowledge and thoughtfulness to the job that helps him go above and beyond his job requirements. In 2016, he was promoted to Vice President. Tim is a graduate of the University of Maine where he studied mechanical engineering. For the past 10 years, Tim has sculpted beautiful landscapes all over New England. A native to Cape Cod, he spends his time kayaking and hiking the national seashore. If you stop by the office you may get a chance to meet his very affectionate golden doodle, Willow.

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  • Maryellen Sullivan

    Lead Designer

    Maryellen has over 20 years of experience designing, installing and maintaining landscapes in Boston and surrounding communities. A graduate of the Conway School of Landscape Design and a Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional, she brings seasoned knowledge to the design process...

    Maryellen has over 20 years of experience designing, installing and maintaining landscapes in Boston and surrounding communities. A graduate of the Conway School of Landscape Design and a Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional, she brings seasoned knowledge to the design process.

    “I believe good design is like magic, and that no design should be ordinary. I am convinced that there is something special about every site and I try to provide something unique or surprising in each landscape design. Above all I try to make a strong connection between the interior of the house and the outdoor spaces, making it easy for people get outside to enjoy their property and connect with nature.“

    Maryellen is a native of Cambridge and when she is not working she can be found walking her dogs in the Arnold Arboretum, the Blue Hills, or along the Neponset River.

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  • Stefanie Gordon

    Designer & Marketing Director

    As an Art History graduate from Boston University, Stef first heard of Jean Brooks Landscapes while working for House & Garden magazine in 2003. So when she moved to Cambridge in 2009, she was delighted to find that JBL was a neighbor with its headquarters in Central Square...

    As an Art History graduate from Boston University, Stef first heard of Jean Brooks Landscapes while working for House & Garden magazine in 2003. So when she moved to Cambridge in 2009, she was delighted to find that JBL was a neighbor with its headquarters in Central Square. As a child growing up in the Hudson River Valley, Stef referred to her family’s rock garden as “her office” and under the rhododendron tree, “her clubhouse”.

    She wears many hats here at JBL including managing the new showroom “jbl SHED” at the front of our office space where visitors can find antique garden ornaments and other unusual “found” objects. Email Stef if you’d like to visit our “SHED”.

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  • Samantha Lombardo

    Lead Gardener & Horticulturist

    Samantha’s education in horticulture studies started at the early age of 15 at Bristol County Agriculture High School. It was there that she developed her passion for plants in the landscape program. After graduating, she enrolled at the Stockbridge School/UMASS Amherst where she received an associates degree in Horticulture and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry...

    Samantha’s education in horticulture studies started at the early age of 15 at Bristol County Agriculture High School. It was there that she developed her passion for plants in the landscape program. After graduating, she enrolled at the Stockbridge School/UMASS Amherst where she received an associates degree in Horticulture and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry.

    While embarking on her educational journey, Samantha has worked for several nurseries and landscape companies. It was through this experience that she decided Fine Gardening would be her path. She is a perfect fit at Jean Brooks Landscapes and has grown tremendously since her hire in 2013.

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