Martin Stern has nurtured a life-long interest in nature and gardening.
Including living in southern England in 1987 where he studied with world-reknowned garden
designer and writer John Brookes.
Since that time Martin has designed gardens big and small throughout the upper midwest and
northeast. He seeks simplicity of intention, architectural interest and
diverse multi-seasonal planting schemes in his work. Each garden has a
separate and distinct personality. The gardens at Squire illustrate his
Martin enjoys garden writing and creating presentations on a variety of topics of horticulture, as well as gardens he has enjoyed in his travels. He conducts winter presentations for the public at Squire House Gardens. He is a speaker and is available for group presentations.
Meacock was born and raised in England, where he learned to mow lawns and trim
hedges to the exacting standards expected by his father. Needless
to say this nearly killed off any love of gardening. In fact his
fondness for gardens returned when he came to live in America. He was often seen mowing and trimming the extensive lawns and hedges at
Richard recently passed away on September, 3 2019. His work, his spirit and his many influences are alive at Squire House. As well as building the arbors, pergolas and clematis
towers that are a hallmark of the gardens, Richard was the design force behind many creative endeavors at Squire House including the beautiful planters on the premises, the fountains, patio pool and koi fish. His paintings have been featured in art shows at Squire House over the years and some are on view in the shop. Richard was a former educator, retired from his teaching career at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul.
A retrospective of Richard's artwork is planned for Spring 2020 at Squire House