People

Over the years, we have grown our company to a team of more than thirty dedicated people. They are landscape architects, designers, office staff, construction personnel, horticulturalists and maintenance technicians. They are also leaders, teachers, students, helpers, friends, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Here are a few of the faces you may see in your landscape.

Michael A. Gilkey, Jr.

Michael A. Gilkey, Jr.

Landscape Architect, Owner, Company President

Michael is a second-generation landscape architect and president and owner of Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. He oversees all operations of the design, construction, and maintenance divisions. Michael received a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture with high honors from the University of Florida in 1999, and was licensed and registered as a landscape architect in Florida in 2004. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He has previously served on the University of Florida Department of Landscape Architecture’s Advisory Board and the Board of Directors for the Florida Wildflower Foundation. He currently serves as the landscape architect on the Tree Advisory Committee for the City of Sarasota. In 2009, the University of Florida honored Michael with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Landscape Architecture. His projects have won the highest awards available from the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association and the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Michael draws inspiration from the work of his father, as well as other landscape architects such as Roberto Burle Marx, architects like Carlo Scarpa, and artists like Andy Goldsworthy. His designs are also informed by music, history, culture, and most importantly, his clients themselves. 

Ed Darby
Ed Darby

Landscape Contracting Manager

Ryan Hynko
Ryan Hynko

Landscape Operations Manager

Terry McMahon
Terry McMahon

Landscape Designer

Luis Pena
Luis Pena

Maintenance Manager

Hansel Plaza
Hansel Plaza

Accounts Manager

Ken Kiger
Ken Kiger

Licensed Horticulturalist

Laura Gilkey
Laura Gilkey

Marketing Manager + Design Coordinator


The office staff at Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. keep things running smoothly behind the scenes. They’re at your service in the following areas:
Gana Gilkey, Financial Manager
Sherry Cahill, Office Administrator