History

Michael A. Gilkey, Sr. (Mic) graduated from the University of Florida’s Landscape Architecture Program in 1967. After serving in the Air Force, Mic began practicing landscape architecture in Jacksonville, Florida. He and his wife Kathy had their first child, Michael, in 1974. The following year, Mic became licensed and registered as a landscape architect. Their daughter Gana was born in 1977, and in 1981 the family of four began an at-home landscape architecture studio in Jacksonville. In 1982 the Gilkeys moved to Sarasota to expand their growing design build firm.

Michael A. Gilkey, Jr. remembers fondly learning the names of the plants Mic used at a very early age. As time progressed, Michael would go to jobsites with Mic, and work summers with his installation crew. In high school he became a draftsman for his father’s company, learning the basic principles of design and beginning to appreciate Mic’s craftsmanship. He decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, and studied landscape architecture at the University of Florida. After graduating in 1999, Michael began practicing at Michael A. Gilkey, Inc., and became a licensed and registered landscape architect in 2004. He is now President of the firm and oversees all design and construction operations.

Mic passed away in February 2012. Every decision Michael makes is influenced by his father’s teaching, and he is honored to perpetuate the legacy of a brilliant, kind, and generous man.