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Chad Garrett

Chad Garrett
Landscape design consultant
Degree: AAS
Major: Landscape design, construction
Class Year: 2002

Chad, who always enjoyed making things grow, had begun working in landscaping when he realized he needed a greater knowledge of plant material and other aspects of horticulture to earn a better living in this field.

“What attracted me to the Parkland program was that you could enroll in night classes, which allowed me to work during the day. Parkland was everything I expected and more.”

Chad found a listening ear, encouragement, and direction from Horticulture program director Kaizad Irani, an award-winning landscape architect and master gardener. “Kaizad gave a lot of one on one time and allowed me to develop my design skills as well as open up as an individual. I began to talk in front of groups as well as in one-on-one interviews with clients. Kaizad also brought real-world knowledge to class.”

After graduating with honors from Parkland in 2002, Chad went on to Illinois State University where he earned the BS in Agricultural Business/Horticulture. Today, as a landscape design consultant for Green View Design Group in Champaign, Chad creates and oversees construction of attractive and environmentally sensitive solutions for commercial and residential outdoor landscape challenges.

“Parkland was a great place to get my feet wet. The program opened new doors for me.”

Contact Information

Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217.351.2200
Toll Free: 800.346.8089


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