Trevor Henry

Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine - - Contents - BY RAY­MOND HILL - Dun­das, On­tario

From horse-rac­ing to home land­scap­ing

As a child, Trevor Henry found him­self drawn to spend­ing as much time in the great out­doors as hu­manly pos­si­ble. One could find him con­sis­tently im­mersed in long hikes, skate­board­ing and moun­tain biking, and build­ing some pretty in­tense jump ramps for those ac­tiv­i­ties. An early in­di­ca­tion, per­haps of where his life would take him years later - build­ing out­door land­scapes.

Born in Goderich, On­tario to a sky­dive in­struc­tor mother, and a stan­dard bred horse-rac­ing fa­ther, Henry and his fam­ily moved to Hamil­ton, On­tario when he was nine-years-old. There his love of the out­doors blos­somed.

Al­ways a great team player, with bound­less en­ergy and cre­ativ­ity, and a love for be­ing out­side, it wasn’t un­til his post-grad­u­ate year of high school that the con­cept of land­scape de­sign, as a ca­reer, made sense to him, al­low­ing his cre­ative side to flour­ish. He en­rolled at Fan­shawe Col­lege in Lon­don, On­tario and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.

Henry’s ca­reer at the de­sign firm of Cedar Springs

Land­scape Group in Oakville, On­tario is a bright one. His de­signs ooze of clean lines and class show­cas­ing a ta­lent of a sea­soned pro­fes­sional; a rare gift for a young man of 28 years.

“My favourite part of the whole de­sign process hap­pens when I feel that con­nec­tion with the clients and we are both on the same page. I can feel their ex­cite­ment when we are go­ing over the 3D de­sign ren­der. That’s a very re­ward­ing piece of the puz­zle.”

“I am not dis­cour­aged by lim­i­ta­tions of any kind. In fact, I ap­pre­ci­ate the pos­si­bil­i­ties that come out of these chal­lenges. I can’t say that I en­joy the whole per­mit process, but it’s a nec­es­sary evil,” he laughs.

When asked where he sees him­self in 10 years from now, Henry gives the ques­tion some thought and ex­plains, “I’d like to be man­age­ment by then, but I al­ways want to be a part of the de­sign and build process. I love be­ing out in the field, get­ting my hands dirty. And I al­ways look for­ward to watch­ing the project de­velop into the fin­ished project.”

If Henry hadn’t cho­sen land­scape de­sign as a ca­reer, he says he likely would have gone into the trades, per­haps an elec­tri­cian or the likes. Lucky for any­one who has worked with him, he chose to be­come a de­signer in­stead. ~


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