Bob is a Registered Landscape Architect. He grew up in Princeville Illinois and received a Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Illinois. Since 2005 he has been manager at Luthy Botanical Garden, a Peoria Park District facility.
He practiced Landscape Architecture for 21 years in the private sector, as a Senior Landscape Architect with Green View Design Group. Involved in a wide range of projects, from commercial and residential to historic preservation and campus planning, he was instrumental in winning numerous awards for the firm, including a 1995 ALCA National Award of Distinction and a 1996 ILCA Award for the River Trail of Illinois; a 1998 ILCA Award for the Zeller Residence and a 2002 ALCA National Award of Merit for the Thompson Residence.
He has taught a wide range of garden classes on topics ranging from English garden design and Landscape Architecture to cooking with herbs and gardening with nature. His published work includes articles in American Nurserymen Magazine and Builder-Architect Magazine. He also worked with a renowned garden writer Ann Lovejoy on a book titled “Perennials, Toward Continuous Bloom.” Bob was one of the contributing writers, writing a chapter entitled “Perennials That Play in Peoria.”
Bob is an active member in the Central Illinois Hosta Society and the University East Neighborhood Association. A frequent member of the Illinois Central College Agriculture Advisory board, he currently chairs the education committee for the Illinois Green Industry Association. He enjoys gardening with his wife Golda in an Arts and Crafts-inspired garden located in Peoria’s West Bluff.